Who are we?
The starting point has to be Jesus

He is the only reason for our church. He is the source of our life and the head of our community. Our purpose is to grow disciples of Jesus who will glorify God by their love and service and engage Parramatta and the world with the message of Jesus’ resurrection.

If you would like to know more about Jesus, we would love you to join us at Explore. Explore gives you time and space to consider the big questions of life and to explore the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ.

Our Sunday gatherings
What can you expect when you join us?

The Music

We love to sing! At our 8am English service, we sing traditional and well-loved hymns accompanied by our historic pipe organ. At our other services, we sing contemporary Christian songs accompanied by a band.

The Message

During the service we read the Bible together, then one of our Pastors teaches us from the passage for around 20-30 minutes. We believe the Bible is relevant to our lives today, and pray that God's Word would challenge and transform us.

The Invitation

After all our services, we enjoy morning tea or a meal together as we get to know each other more. We would love for you to join us!

Your heart language

Parramatta is a city of many languages and cultures - and so is St John's. We have congregations that meet in four languages: English, Persian (Farsi), Cantonese and Mandarin. Within our English congregations we have many more languages spoken amongst members.

For all ages
Something for your kids and teens

Each congregation has members from a wide range of ages: from toddlers through to retirees. Children have their own Kids Church and when they reach high school they graduate into City Youth - a Sunday morning congregation and fellowship just for youth.

Kids Church meets at 9:30am and 11am in the 45 Hunter St building. Kids start with their parents in the Cathedral or parish halls, then come out to Kids Church with their leaders early in the service.

City Youth meets at 9:30am in the RJ Room, then continues with discipleship groups at 11am.


We recently moved to Parramatta to begin a new stage of our life, so we were both excited and anxious about it. In God’s grace, the warm and welcoming atmosphere at St John’s, along with its sound doctrine, made us feel welcome not just to God’s family, but also made us feel part of the local community as well.

Frequently asked questions

The Cathedral is located at the western end of Parramatta Square (Church St) with street access from Hunter St. We are 300m from Parramatta train and bus station, 250m from the Parramatta Square light rail stop, and 200m from the new Parramatta metro station.

On Sundays, free four-hour parking can be found at these carparks:

You can find more parking options at Parramatta Parking Finder.

Extended free parking is also available at Westfield Parramatta for Westfield Plus members.

Head to the Welcome banners at the main doors. A member from our Welcome Team will meet you and give you a welcome pack. Once inside, take a seat anywhere - there is no set seating! If in doubt, just ask our Welcome Team to point you in the right direction.

We are a culturally and linguistically diverse community - so you'll see Anglos, Sub-continentals, Asians, Africans and Middle Easterns worshipping God in the unity of Christ.

At all our services, you'll see people wearing different styles of dress. Some will dress formally, and others will be more casual. We also have some who wear traditional dresses from their culture. You are welcome to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Kids Church, for children aged 0 to school grade 5, meets in the Education Centre (45 Hunter st) during our 9:30am and 11am services. CLICK HERE for more information.

City Youth, for teens in school grades 6 to 12, meets in the RJ Room (below the Marsden Hall) during our 9:30am service - they then have discipleship groups from 11am to 12pm. CLICK HERE for more information.

There is a hearing loop in the Cathedral towards the front of the seating.

There are ramps into the ground floor of all our buildings. Unfortunately the first floor rooms are not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers. When you arrive, please ask someone from our Welcome Team to show you where to enter.

If you use a wheelchair, walker or stroller, one of our friendly welcomers would be happy to help you find the best place to sit.

Our church services typically go for around one hour.