Pictures of St John's and Darlinghurst

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.


Tears And Hope: A Service For Survivors Of Abuse


At 7:00 pm on Monday 3rd November, St John's will be having a special service for survivors of abuse. Click here for more information (JPG file 235 KB).


Podcasts of our previous Tears and Hope services are available here.


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 28th October, 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 on Sunday 2nd November, at 9:30 am.


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 Evensong is on Sunday 9th November at 3:30 pm.


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 Ed Vaughan

Ed has been Rector of St John's since 2011. Click here for more information.


Assistant Minister Brad Kemister


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