This year we are offering two opportunities for people to deepen their knowledge of Jesus and his context in first-century Galilee, through a study of the first four chapter of the book, Jesus Then and Jesus Now, written by Dean Greg Jenks. 


Ch. 1: Looking for Jesus

Ch. 2: Among the Villages of Galilee

Ch. 3:  Whose Head is on the Coin?

Ch. 4: One of the Prophets

Copies of the early chapters of the book will be proved to participants at no cost, along with a printed copy of the study guide—which is already available online.

There will be two sessions offered at the Cathedral each week:

  • Tuesday evening, from 6.00pm (please bring a plate of food to share informally during the conversation)

  • Wednesday morning, after the weekly 10.00am service

The study sessions will be led by Dean Greg Jenks, who is very familiar with the Galilee today as well as with its history in the time of Jesus. Dr Jenks is a co-director for the Bethsaida Archaeology Project on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, and also serves as the Coin Curator for the project. He has led many groups of pilgrims and students to the holy sites around the lake and across the Galilee. He is especially fond of Nazareth, which he describes as his other home, and has made the study of Nazareth in the first century a special focus of his own research.

Not in Grafton?

Unable to make it to either of the regular sessions?

Not a problem.


Simply download the Study Guide from the book web site, and send us an email so that we can provide you with a PDF that has the Introduction as well as the first four chapters of the book. We will facilitate an online discussion of the material each week on the Cathedral Facebook page, so feel free to join us online. Better still, form a local study group with friends and you can all join us online!


Another activity that may be an attractive option or some people is to join the first cycle of our new Cathedral Book Club: Reading with Spiritual Eyes.

The book chosen for term one will be announced very soon, and copies may be sourced through the Cathedral Bookshop.

A date for the group meeting to discuss the book will set just before Easter.

Say tuned for more details as they come to hand.


You may want to consider these online resources to help you observe Lent at home.

From the Javaluia web site:

Life is busy! Work, school, athletic events, extra-curricular activities, travel, church, civic organizations, friends, family, etc. occupy much if not all of our time. We often choose to “give-up” something for Lent that won’t really be an inconvenience for us. It rarely brings us closer to God.

This Lent I encourage you all to spend time as a family reflecting, praying, and preparing.  This devotional resource is intended to give you tools to have family devotions. It is built around the prayer practices of Lectio Divina & Praying in Color as well as the physical exercise practices of yoga and walking.  The weekly lesson is intended to be repeated each night so that you can continue to learn, reflect, and expand. Your prayers will inevitably shift based on your experiences each day. There are also lessons for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.

Check out these resources for yourself ...

Lent Study Program 2018


LENT, the period of 40 days prior to Easter, is a time when people like to make an extra effort to improve our personal spiritual disciplines.

This is part of the on-going process of continual conversion as we seek to become more like Christ in every aspect of our lives, as individuals, as families, and as an intentional faith community.


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8 Duke St, Grafton

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Sussex St, Copmanhurst

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Cnr Ward St & High St, Lawrence


8–12 Duke St, Grafton


02 6642 2844


PO Box 258

Grafton, NSW 2460


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