Ministries and Groups

Here you will find a list of the groups of provide volunteer ministry to the Cathedral.

Cathedral Guides

The St Paul’s Cathedral Guides are a group of volunteers whose primary responsibilities are to

  • act as guides for individual visitors and groups to the Cathedral, passing on historical and architectural knowledge;
  • assist with Open Days, providing information on the Cathedral and its mission; and
  • to provide a friendly presence for those who visit the Cathedral.

There are currently around 30 guides, but more are always needed. Training programs for new guides are run regularly. If you are interested in becoming a guide, please contact the Precentor for further details.

Welcome Ministry

Our welcomers seek to provide a warm welcome to St Paul’s Cathedral on Sundays:

  • to welcome members of the congregation and visitors on Sunday;
  • to assist in providing help to visitors who want information about times of services and office matters;
  • to take collections at services;
  • to provide assistance in the Cathedral to the disabled;
  • to generally assist members of Chapter and the Vergers around the Cathedral; and
  • to provide a friendly presence to those in need.

They are a group of some 35 women and men, who serve as welcomers on a regular basis. If you would like to find out more about this ministry, please contact the Precentor, the Revd Canon Heather Patacca.

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild was formed in 1981 to provide flower arrangements in the Cathedral, to the glory of God. This dedicated group of volunteers provide a magnificent display for weekly Sunday services, and also where needed for festivals, State Funerals and weddings.

Floral Art workshops are usually held once a year and training sessions for new members are provided.

Membership is open to anyone who is interested in flower arranging and new members are always welcome. To become, after a training period, a flower arranger in our magnificent Cathedral, and to enjoy the fellowship of other Guild members, please contact the Precentor, who will refer the enquiry to the guild convener.

Cathedral Chaplains

There is a Chaplain on duty most weekdays, near the entrance of the Cathedral. Chaplains are there to meet with pilgrims and visitors, to talk and pray together. Chaplains are often asked questions about the spiritual life of this Cathedral and the Anglican Church in Australia. Most of our chaplains also preside at the Midday Eucharist. Becoming a Cathedral Chaplain is an opportunity for Anglican clergy, both retired and working in other parishes around the Diocese, to minister to interstate and overseas visitors, as well as local people.

Society of Bellringers

They are a regular feature of Wednesday evening in Melbourne, when the bell ringers may be heard practising from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Bell ringing is good fun! Once the basic techniques have been learnt ringers will always be made welcome to ring in other towers. Bell ringing is a group activity that combines physical co-ordination and mental alertness to produce the unique sounds of change ringing. The combination of mental and physical skills, teamwork and the rich sounds that are produced, ensures a lifetime’s enjoyment.

The team are always looking for new members. Training is provided.

Ringing times:
Sunday Service: 9.40am – 10.30am 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month 5.00pm – 6.00pm 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday of the month.

Wednesday evening 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Friday evening by appointment – please check with the Captain or Secretary first.

For more information, contact the Tower Captain, Brian Pettet.



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