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St Johns Anglican Church Darlinghurst

St John's an Anglican Church serving Jesus for the people of East Sydney: Darlinghurst, Woolloomooloo, Potts Point, Rushcutter's Bay, Elizabeth Bay and Kings Cross. About 30,000 people live in this area with weekend visitors increasing this to over 100,000.

Within a short walk you move from the 3rd wealthiest to the 5th poorest localities in Sydney. The Cross is an entertainment area with major hotels catering for international tourists. People who come or visit this church include backpackers, sailors, the wealthy, the elderly and influential, the homeless and the marginalised people, and the emotionally damaged. In response to this we have a wide range of innovative ministries.

The church here is a diverse body of people united in God's love made known in Jesus' death. At St. John's our belief and discipleship in Jesus are reflected in a wide range of activities.


Our Easter Services


Good Friday is on April 18th. We will have a service of Bible readings at 9.30am. After that we will be walking up to St Canice's church in Elizabeth Bay, to join with them and the Wayside Chapel in a prayer walk through our area, known as the Way of the Cross. It starts at 11am and goes for a bit over an hour, ending up here at St John's with tea and coffee and hot cross buns.


The 20th April is Easter Sunday, the great day of celebration for Christians. On that day we rejoice that Jesus has risen from the dead. We will have a communion service at 11am, and at 6pm we are planning a resurrection celebration - a party to celebrate that He is risen. There will be food, music and fun.


There are also Choral Evensongs on the 13th & 20th April at 3:30 pm. There are more details here.


Choral Evensong


Evensong is a traditional Anglican service with an emphasis on singing and music. It is also an opportunity to hear works from the greatest composers of the Renaissance up to the present day, including our own Australian composers. Click here for more information (PDF file 82 KB).


The historic pipe organ at St John's was installed in 1886, and is used to accompany the Brabyn Singers, one of Sydney's most accomplished choirs. You can click here to download a description and photos of the organ (PDF file 265 KB).


We have Choral Evensong at 3:30 pm on the second Sunday of each month, except for January, July and December. You can download details of all the scheduled music, lessons and psalms for 2014 by clicking here (PDF file 255 KB).


There is always afternoon tea afterwards, and the choristers, organist and director of music will be available to discuss the music and answer any questions you may have.


Our next Choral Evensongs are on the 13th & 20th April at 3:30 pm. There are more details here.


Beautiful Baroque Music for Holy Week


We are fortunate enough to have 3 talented musicians presenting a concert of baroque music in the lead-up to Easter. It will take place in the Church on Monday 14th April, starting at 6:30 pm. Entry is by donation. The money goes to the Refugee Council of Australia, and our own Rough Edges outreach centre.


Click here for a flyer.


Brooke Shelley holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) majoring in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Masters in Advanced Musical Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, majoring in Historical Musicology. She studied Piano with Sharlie Pettit and Neta Maughan, Harpischord with Paul Dyer, and Voice with Jane Edwards, Martin Elliott, and Nancy Long. Whilst in London, Brooke sang with numerous London church choirs in services and concerts, performed in a musical theatre production (Box Story) with music by Jocelyn Pook, and in concert and recordings for Harvey Brough (Requiem in Blue). These days she sings with the Choir of St James' Church, King Street Sydney, and writes songs for her prog rock band, Resonaxis.


Originally from UK, Liza Lilli sang with St Hedwig's Chor, Berlin, Kantäuserkantorei Cologne, and UK choirs, BBC Symphony Chorus, Counterpoint, and Camerata. On moving to Australia in 2000 with her family, she joined St James' Choir, Sydney. She has performed with that choir as soloist on numerous occasions the most recent being a performance of the solo and duet (with Brooke Shelley) in Handel's Dixit Dominus. Liza also performs with “The Parson's Affayre” a choir specializing in less regularly performed early music repertoire.


Christian Lillicrap studied with Colin Horsley and Ruth Gerald at the Royal College of Music in London. He has wide ranging musical interests spanning teaching, directing musicals and playing chamber music. Christian performs regularly with the Aeon Ensemble, a chamber group that he founded with members of the SSO and AOBO shortly after moving to Australia from the UK as well as in recitals with instrumentalists and singers. For many years he was music teacher at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School in Sydney and is currently accompanist and performance coach at Knox Grammar school.


Catherine Upex studied cello for many years from the age of seven with Dorothy Sumner and later Georg Pedersen. She attended the University of Sydney, graduating with a BMus(Hons) (majoring in Performance) in 1997. In 1994, while studying Baroque performance as part of her degree, Catherine started learning the viola da gamba with Jennifer Eriksson and participated in masterclasses with Wieland Kuijken, Jaap ter Linden, Susie Napper and Margaret Little. She also had lessons and masterclasses on the baroque cello with Tim Blomfield and Hidemi Suzuki. Catherine has performed on viola da gamba and baroque cello in several ensembles including the Renaissance Players, Salut! Baroque, the Sydney Consort, La Folia, Backgammon, the Opera Project, Josie and the Emeralds, the Seaven Teares viol Consort, Thoroughbass and the Marais Project. She has also played on several CDS including three with the Marais Project; “Viol Dreaming” (2007), “Love Reconciled” (2009) and “Lady Sings the Viol” (2012). Catherine enjoys teaching cello as well as performing and has taught at several Sydney schools. She currently teaches at Lane Cove Public School and the Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School.


Lent 2014


The official beginning of the church season of Lent was on Wednesday 5th March. This year we are following a Lenten Bible Reading Plan, which you can download by clicking here. It started on the 5th March, but it's not too late to get on board.


Community Central


A Community Group is a small group of people who gather together to study the Bible, pray, encourage one another and do ministry together. At St John's our collection of groups is called "Community Central", and we all meet every second Tuesday evening. If you'd like to find out more, you can click here for a brochure.


Our next Community Central is on Tuesday 29th April, at 6:30 pm.


Messy Church


On the first Sunday of every month we have Messy Church at 9:30 am in the church hall. It is a form of church for all ages, for people at any stage of their faith journey, that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. Click here to see just how messy it can get.


Our next Messy Church is this Sunday 4th May, at 9:30 am.


Taking Care of Business


We held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 11th March, 2014. The results of the elections were:


Church Wardens: Chris Bertinshaw, Paul Campell-Allen, Andrew Wilkinson.
Parish Council: John Chandler, Monisha Ponnaiya, Elizabeth Warren, Tim Whiteway.
Parish Nominators: Jonathan Adams, Chris Bertinshaw, Barbara Campell-Allen, John Chandler, Sue Shannon-King.
Synod Representatives: John Chandler, Geoff Miles.


Focus of our Parish


Evangelical with a Bible based gospel focus and seeking to apply this focus to all aspects of life, including social justice issues.


Our Service Times


  • 11:00 am - Holy Communion
  • 6:00 pm - Evening Church
  • 9:30 am - MESSY Church - in the Church Hall on the 1st Sunday of each Month except January
  • 3:30 pm - Choral Evensong - 2nd Sunday of each Month except January, July and December

Our Rector Edward Vaughan


Picture of Vaughan Family

Ed Vaughan - Please click image for profile information


Assistant Minister Brad Kemister


Brad was previously Rector of Numurkah in rural Victoria. Brad is full time.