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.

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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

Temporary Change of Christmas and Sunday Morning Service Times

Please note! From 21 January the morning services will revert to the normal times: 07:30 and 09:30. For more details, see our Worship page, and Schedule of Services.

Visit of former Cathedral Director of Music

Andrew-John Bethke paid a brief visit to Grahamstown on the weekend of 13-14 January. He and the little boy he is adopting, Caleb (aged nearly 21 months) were travelling from Cape Town to Durban. AJ is taking up a post lecturing at the University of KwaZulu Natal. You are in our prayers, AJ!


Joyful Christmas Services

Last month we celebrated the Birth of Our Lord with services full of music and joy. On Christmas Eve there was the annual Crib Service, a kid-friendly service which is also popular with parents and grandparents – who even attend when the children aren’t around!

Generous Response to Appeal for training of schoolboy organist

God is so good! A donor has come up with a gift of six months’ organ lessons for our young organist, Bayanda Mthetho! Many heartfelt thanks to an old Grahamstonian living overseas, who sends it with love.

And to add to the joy, the family of the donor offered to match the sum, so Bayanda’s organ lessons are covered for the whole of 2018! Read a message from the family here.

Bayanda is a 14-year old Graeme College learner and member of the Cathedral Choir. He started organ lessons in 2016 with Dr Andrew-John Bethke, continuing until Dr Bethke left after Easter 2017. In 2018, Bayanda has the opportunity to have lessons with Jovan Heynsen, music teacher and Choir Director of St Andrew’s College and DSG Choirs. See more details…

To hear him playing the Cathedral organ, click here.

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

Latest Publications

Letter from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

To read the Epiphany 2018 letter ‘To the People of God’ from the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, click here.

Letter from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali

Read Bishop Ebenezer’s latest letter to the clergy and people, November-December 2017.

Umbuliso for Christmas 2017

Umbuliso, the newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown for Christmas 2017, can be downloaded as a pdf