Australia's oldest parish

On the 23rd of July 1802, St John’s was declared an Anglican parish by Governor King.

Before this, great Christian men such as John Newton and William Wilberforce determined that the new colony of NSW should not be without a witness to Jesus Christ, and so through their vision and work, the Reverend Richard Johnson was sent to the NSW Colony as Chaplain to the first fleet. As part of his duties, he travelled up the Parramatta River from Sydney on a fortnightly basis and held a service under a tree on the riverbank.

Before this, indeed before creation itself, God determined that there would be Christian men and women in Parramatta who would bear witness to him and his son Jesus. Today, the Cathedral houses a community of Christians who are proud of their history and their Anglican heritage. Today we worship in four languages; English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Farsi.


Our Vision & Mission

To see our city transformed by the hope of the risen Christ

At the heart of the city, we gather each week
to GROW disciples of Jesus Christ
to the GLORY of God
as we ENGAGE with the people
who live in and come to Parramatta
— to see our city transformed by the hope of the risen Christ.

Slideshow image
Our beliefs

God's word alone

The Bible holds the highest authority in a Christian's life.

Faith alone

The only way to become right with God is through having faith in Jesus.

Grace alone

We are saved solely through God's grace, which is an unmerited gift, and not because of anything we have done.

Christ alone

Jesus plays an exclusive role in salvation since no one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

To the glory of God alone

The purpose of creation, redemption, and everything, including our lives as Christians, is to bring glory to God, so that "God may be all in all" (1 Cor 15:28).