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. Click on ‘Videos’ on the side menu to hear some of the music of Grahamstown Cathedral.
Many thanks to Michael Künz of Growing the Church in Cape Town for setting up this site for us.
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Latest ‘old’ news?
Just to prove our Cathedral is really old, check out this photo of the laying of the foundation stone of the chancel of the Cathedral of St Michael and St George by the Governor Sir Henry Loch, in 1890! From Loch, Henry Brougham — 1827-1900- the Martin Plaut collection.
Umbuliso for June-July 2017
Umbuliso, the newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown for June-July 2017, can be downloaded as a pdf
Letter from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali
Read Bishop Ebenezer’s latest letter to the clergy and people, May-July 2017.
National Arts Festival, Spiritfest and the Cathedral
The Cathedral hosted a variety of events and many visitors as part of the Grahamstown Churches’ initiative in the National Arts Festival, Spiritfest, which celebrates the arts in the context of the Christian faith. For an account of the first weekend of Spiritfest, see People and Places for July and August. The Spiritfest Winter School lectures returned to the Chapter House, which was renamed the Cathedral Coffee Shop for the duration of the Festival. Guests could sit around tables drinking coffee in comfort while listening to a great line-up of talks on a general theme of ‘Faith and Resistance’. From Fr Anthony Egan’s fascinating unpacking of the ethics of protest, to a discussion among Christian graduate students on faith and the #mustfall movement, there was plenty of food for thought. The launch of Chris Mann’s latest book, ‘Epiphanies’, was particularly moving, and well attended. The Open Mic session in the same venue was less well attended than in previous years, but guests heard some beautiful poetry, some of it read by the authors.
The Lucernarium on the Wednesday evening is proving increasingly popular. The final Festival service in the Cathedral included a beautiful rendering of Byrd’s Four-Part Mass by a small choir of invited singers conducted by Dr Simon Tibbs, and a memorable sermon by the Incumbent of Christ Church Grahamstown, Vic Graham.
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.
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
- 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