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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Click on ‘Videos’ on the side menu to hear some of the music of Grahamstown Cathedral.

Article by Colin Lewis on the late Eric Webster

Eric Webster (1932-2017) was instrumental in 1998 in initiating the scheme to replace the frame of the Grahamstown Cathedral bells. Download and read a tribute to Eric Webster by Colin Lewis, which was published in ‘Ringing World’ of 14 July 2017.

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. 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.


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: Update and thanks

A letter received from Growing the Church:

Bishop Martin, the Board and Staff of GtC would like to thank everyone very sincerely who donated to the disaster relief fund for the victims of the Knysna fire and for the victims of the Western Cape storm. By the grace of God and through your generosity we have raised the sum of R104 800.00 which has been distributed as follows:

  1. Diocese of George was allocated 50% of the monies because of the huge need over a vast area.

The remaining 50% was divided between the 3 Western Cape dioceses.

  1. Diocese of Cape Town asked us to give their share to George as their needs were already met through an outpouring of generosity.
  2. Diocese of Saldanha has asked that Hope Africa administers their share.
  3. Diocese of False Bay said they will use their share to meet the needs of the people of Lwandle and Phillipi who were greatly impacted.

Bishops Brian, Garth, Raphael and Margaret have asked us to convey their heartfelt thanks to all who made donations.  Thank you for your amazing generosity, for being the hands and feet of Christ to those in need.

“When I was hungry…thirsty…naked, you reached out and met my need.”  Thank you!

If you wish to respond to this email, please email our office at

Once again, thank you for your generosity.

Many blessings,

Revd Trevor Pearce & the GtC Team.

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. Among tributes in words and music was a version of ‘When I’m 64‘ written and sung by Pat Terry.