St Paul’s Cathedral is the home church for Anglicans in Melbourne and throughout the Province of Victoria, Australia. It is a beautiful place of prayer and worship with a vibrant and diverse community of members from more than 25 nations
Cathedral Service Times
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Sung Eucharist
1.00pm Mandarin Worship
4.00pm Choral Evensong
Tuesdays 5.10pm Choral Evensong
Wednesdays 12.15pm Lunchtime Eucharist
Thursday 5.10pm Choral Evensong
Our services are always free for everyone to attend.
How to get to the Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is located on the corner of Swanston & Flinders Street. We’re just over the road from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square
Some limited onsite parking is available in the Cathedral carpark, located adjust to the Cathedral on Flinders Street. There is also a number of nearby parking stations which you can use as well; Flinders Gate and Federation Square carparks are the closest. All-day parking rates on Sundays are normally between $8 – $12.
From time to time there are roadworks or other events happening around the Cathedral which can impact travel by car. Please keep an eye on our weekly email and social media for notice of when these occur.
By Public Transport
The Cathedral is directly opposite Flinders Street Station which services all metropolitan and some regional train Lines. Information about trains in Melbourne and Victoria can be found here (link).
Trams routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 70, 72, 75 and the free City Circle stop out the front of the Cathedral. Tram travel is free within the city’s ‘Free Tram Zone’ – more information is available here (link).
What happens during a service?
At our Sunday services we gather to worship following the form set out in the Anglican Church of Australia’s Prayer Book. This means that we sing, pray, hear the Bible read aloud, hear a reflection on the bible, greet each other, and celebrate Holy Communion.
What can my children do?
Kids are always welcome! We have a Children’s area available with colouring in sheets, books and other activities that relate to the service theme of the day. There is also seating there for parents. We understand that kids will be kids and sometimes need to make noise and move and we welcome their energy and enthusiasm.
We take child safety seriously. All of our clergy and volunteer leaders have been vetted and have Working With Children Check clearances. To find out more about our Child Safety policy click here.
How long are the services?
Generally our Sunday services go for between 45mins (8am Service) 1hr and 1 and 1/4 hours (10am & 1pm service)
What do I wear?
We are not fussy about what you wear to church. We are a relaxed group of people whose priority is that you feel comfortable when you come. The cathedral can be a bit chilly in cold weather, so wear something warm.
What time should I arrive?
The best time to arrive is about 5-10 minutes prior to starting time. However, we welcome you at any time. You need not feel embarrassed if you arrive after the start time, there will be welcomers at hand to guide you to a seat and give you a copy of the order of service
Do I need to bring anything?
No, just bring yourself and your family or friends. We do have an offering which is the way we acknowledge our love for God and which enables us to fund our ministries, you can contribute to the offering through cash, card or electronic giving. We rely entirely on the giving of our visitors and congregation.
When you arrive, one of our welcomers will give you a copy of the service booklet, a program that contains words for the prayers, bible readings and hymns as well as prayer points and other notices. We encourage you to take this away with you for reflection during the week.
Is it COVID-Safe?
We are continuing to monitor changes and advice from the Victorian Government to ensure we are compliant with COVID requirements. The Cathedral is cleaned regularly, including the pews, children’s area and other shared spaces. Hand sanitiser is available at the door as well as prior to coming forward to receive communion. QR Code check-in is also in place.
Is the Cathedral wheelchair and pram accessible?
The Cathedral has ramp access and wide doors which can accommodate walkers, wheelchairs, mobility aids and prams. There is an accessible lift to access our Barbara Darling Room where we gather for refreshments following our services and an accessible bathroom is also available there.
Our services are also available digitally via Livestream.
Are there toilet facilities available?
Toilet facilities are available in the Education & Ministry Centre connected to the Cathedral, please ask a welcomer or member of staff for directions and follow the signs. An accessible toilet is also available.
What if I’m not a Christian?
If you are not a Christian, you will find us a place where every question is taken seriously and we welcome those who are earnestly trying to discover the truth about Jesus and the Christian faith. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Christian please do speak to one of our clergy or staff or get in touch via the form below.
What does Anglican mean?
The Anglican Church is the Australian equivalent of the Church of England. Although we are independent of the Church of England we derive all our doctrines from the church of England.
You can find out more about what Anglicans believe here: https://www.melbourneanglican.org.au/what_do_anglicans_believe/
How can I get involved?
If you’re coming to the Cathedral for the first time, we encourage you to fill out a Connect Card which is available from our welcomers (and also online). We welcome the opportunity to speak with you further about any questions you may have or if you would like find out more about the Christian Faith.
We enjoy refreshments and fellowship following our Sunday service. This is a relaxed environment where you can meet other members of the Cathedral. When permitted with COVID restriction, we offer occasional congregational lunches as well.
Join a group
There are a number of groups and ministries you can become involved in at the Cathedral to meet other people and to serve and get involved.
- Bible Study Group
- Servers Guild
- Monthly Seniors Group
- Welcome Team
- Flower Guild
- English Conversation Corner