Welcome to the Grahamstown Cathedral Website!

Come in, browse around, make yourself at home! From contact details of the Cathedral staff to lists of the music at the next Sunday service, interesting information about our beautiful building, and lots of news (and archived news) of People and Places connected to the Cathedral family – it’s all here. And don’t forget that the National Arts Festival will be here in a couple of months. All the details of the 2017 Spiritfest programme are here too!

Many thanks to Michael Künz of Growing the Church in Cape Town for setting up this site for us.

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Latest News

AGM of the Makana Choir School

The AGM of the Makana Choir School took place on Sunday 18 June. A letter was read out, with greetings from Cameron Luke, the Music Director-Designate.

Removal of the Invader Tree!

A young tree was growing on the Cathedral tower, and had to be removed, because the roots were penetrating the masonry and would have damaged the structure. In June a crane was hired and brought from Port Elizabeth so that Ruben Klue could get to the root of the problem. See more photos in our Gallery.


Cathedral Vision

We believe we are called to be a vibrant, attractive, diverse, welcoming, all age community of people who seek to follow Christ.
The Cathedral’s ministry seeks at all times to be obedient to the call of God through Jesus Christ.

Key Performance Areas

  • Worship
  • Pastoral care and building community
  • Families, children and young people
  • Teaching, discipleship and evangelism
  • Mission, ministry and outreach
  • Administration, communication and oversight
  • Cathedral plant and physical environment
  • Dedication and stewardship

Big Hymn Sing raises funds for Woodridge College fire relief

On the evening of Trinity Sunday, 11 June, the congregation which attended the Big Hymn Sing in the Cathedral raised the wonderful sum of R5,607.10 for the Woodridge College fire fund! Well done, and many, many thanks to everyone!

The event featured school choirs from Kingswood College, DSG and St Andrew’s College, the Pro Carmine Singers, Rhodes University Chamber Choir and Grahamstown Cathedral Choir. The capacity crowd sang rousing hymns accompanied by the Kingswood College Concert Band. The collection was taken in aid of the service staff of Woodridge College displaced by the disastrous fire the previous day, which destroyed 70% of the school’s buildings.

Growing the Church Disaster Fund Appeal

Growing the Church has started a fund, initially to help the victims of the Western Cape storm. And because of the huge tragedy in the Southern Cape, they have widened the appeal to include the victims of the fire between George and Knysna.

There is a need for the following:

  • Prayers: Please pray for all those affected by these tragedies. Please also pray for those offering relief services, such as firefighters and EMT personnel.
  • Donations—food, clothing, blankets, etc.: To locate the drop-off point nearest you, please contact either Hope Africa (021 763 1300 or 0861001171) or The Warehouse (021 761 1168).
  • Financial Donations: If you wish to make a financial donation to the victims, you can make a deposit in the GtC general account. This will be divided as we deem appropriate. Clearly reference your donation as Disaster Relief:

Account Name: Growing the Church
Account: 27 16 25 864
Bank: Standard Bank South Africa
Branch: Constantia
Branch Code: 025309

Reference: Disaster Relief

Dean’s 60th Birthday celebrated on Pentecost Sunday

Mama Noncedo and Bishop Ebenezer with the ‘Birthday Boy’

On Saturday 3 June Dean Andrew Hunter turned 60. The following day was Pentecost Sunday. The Cathedral family celebrated with a splendid Sung Eucharist at 9.30 a.m., at which Ebenezer Ntlali, Bishop of Grahamstown was the preacher and the Cathedral Choir sang. This was followed by a sit-down luncheon in St George’s Hall. See more photos in our Gallery.

New Videos

Listen to the Cathedral Choir singing Ascendit Deus at Choral Evensong on 28 May, conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa.

Watch a video by Grocott’s Mail about how we said farewell to Dr Andrew-John Bethke.

Report issued by SACC Unburdening Panel

On 18 May 2017, at Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, the South African Council of Churches issued their Report to the Church Public on the Unburdening Panel Process. Every South African Christian needs to read this vitally important document.

Why we are here: In 1996, President Nelson Mandela addressed a gathering of African Ombuds Officers – the Public Protectors of Africa, then hosted by South Africa, and he said:
“Our experience had made us acutely aware of the possible dangers of a government that is neither transparent nor accountable. To this end our Constitution contains several mechanisms to ensure that government will not be part of the problem; but part of the solution. Public awareness and participation in maintaining efficiency in government within the context of human rights are vital to making a reality of democracy…” (Nelson Mandela, 1996.) Read more…

Choir and Dean at Dedication of Garden at Highlands

Members of the Cathedral Choir went to St Cyprian’s Highlands with the Dean, who preached at the dedication of the “Rose Garden” on Sunday, 14 May. Read his Sermon. More pictures in our Gallery.

Peter Rose, husband of Celia, addresses the gathering at the Dedication.

The garden has been beautifully levelled and landscaped to accommodate the annual St Cyprian’s Country Fair and other church and community events. It was dedicated and named in memory of the late Dr Celia Jameson Rose. Because she had been a member of the Cathedral Choir, her husband Peter invited the choir to lead the singing.

Baptism of Lulibo Madiba

On Saturday 13 May Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali baptised Lulibo, daughter of the Diocesan Media Officer the Revd Luthando Madiba and his wife  Lusanda, in the Cathedral.

See more photos in our Gallery.

Dean Andrew and Claire celebrate 25 years of marriage

To celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversay, Dean Andrew Hunter and his wife Revd Dr Claire Nye Hunter invited the parish and friends to tea and champagne in the Deanery Garden after the 9.30 service on Sunday 7 May. The sun shone and everyone had a sparkling good time. Warm congratulations and every good wish to this very special couple! See more photos in our Gallery.

Ad Clerum (letter to the clergy and people) from Ebenezer Ntlali, Bishop of Grahamstown

To download and read the latest letter from Bishop Ebenezer (January-April 2017) click here.