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 connect with and support the parish.

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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Because of CIVID-19 there are currently no planned Friends Choral Mattins Services.

In February, at the Friends Choral Mattins Service the guest speaker was Jack Waterford AM who a was former editor of the 'Canberra Times'. He continues to write a weekly commentary in the 'Canberra Times' on current affairs, politics, public administration and our changing society.

In September 2019, 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 is a retired Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Past Director of the Centre for Biostructural and Biomolecular Research.


He is a Lay Reader in the Parish of St Barnabas Charnwood and was previously Chair of the Diocesan Environment Committee, as well as a member of the General Synod Environment Committee. As a Foundation member of the International Anglican Church Environmental Network (ACEN) he was made an Honorary Diocesan Canon for his work in Greening the Church.

Dr Barry Richardson Canberra Anglican