The Friends of St John's

There are many people in Canberra and elsewhere who have a personal or family association with St John’s who want to support its work.

The Friends organise special Choral Mattins services (from the 1662 Prayer Book) with distinguished guest speakers. These services are followed by light refreshments which provide the opportunity to talk further with the guest speaker and to meet others.


There is a Friends committee who organise the speaker program and develop minor projects for the church, e.g. vestments, altar cushions, etc.


They are trustees of the Dunrossil Lecture Fund (named after a bequest from the late Lord Dunrossil, the only Governor-General to have died in office) which can be used to cover the costs of internationally distinguished speakers who come to Canberra.

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Sunday 9 February 11.15 am Friends Choral Mattins Service with guest speaker Jack Waterford AM.


Jack Waterford is a former Editor of “The Canberra Times” who still writes a weekly commentary on current affairs, politics, public administration and our changing society.

In his address 'Freedom and the Responsibilities of Religion' he will assert that the debate about religious freedom may further alienate religious organisations from the electorate and the secular state, particularly if led by groups out of the religious mainstream.

All are welcome. A light lunch will follow.

In September at the Friends Choral Mattins Service the guest speaker was Dr Barry Richardson. His address The Bible and the Environment can be downloaded below.


Dr Barry Richardson is a member and lay reader in the Parish of St Barnabas Charnwood and is a retired Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Past Director of the Centre for Biostructural and Biomolecular Research.Dr Richardson was previously Chair of the Diocesan Environment Committee, as well as a member of the General Synod Environment Committee. He was also a Foundation member of the International Anglican Church Environmental Network (ACEN) and was made an Honorary Diocesan Canon for his work in Greening the Church.



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