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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Makana Choir School Funding Drive
The Cathedral Choir consists of some dozen adults and the young choristers of the Makana Choir School. Throughout the year the Choir sings at morning Eucharist services twice a month, and at Evensong twice a month. The Vision of the Choir School is to develop the musicianship of young choristers and thereby to develop them as well-rounded leaders in their community. In return for the choristers’ commitment to the Choir they may be eligible to receive a Scholarship towards their school fees.
The Makana Choir School would like to ask for your support towards this worthwhile project. A number of individual donors make regular monthly payments to the Choir School, which although not large in themselves, together make a valuable contribution towards the Choir School’s budget. Please consider joining them. Read more about the Choir School, their vision and objectives, budget and achievements, here…
Thelma Neville, rest in peace
The oldest member of the Cathedral Parish, Thelma Neville, died on 4 February aged 101. Her funeral in the Cathedral on 17 February was a celebration of a colourful character and a life well lived. She had planned her funeral herself with the Revd Claire, who at her request gave the Sermon. The Tribute was given by Nickie Turner, daughter of Thelma’s long-time friend, the late Richard Buckland.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
On Tuesday 13 February the Cathedral welcomed friends and neighbours from across Grahamstown to a pancake supper. For more pictures, see our Gallery.
Back to School Service
The annual ecumenical Back to School Service was this year held in Commemoration Methodist Church. The preacher was the Revd Boitumelo Gaborone of Trinity Presbyterian Church (3rd from left) and the Cathedral Choir Juniors sang with Kingswood College Choir, conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa.
Former Directors of Music revisit the Cathedral
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!
And the following Sunday the congregations were thrilled to hear Christopher Cockburn playing the Cathedral organ at the two morning services. Many thanks for stepping into the breach during your visit to Grahamstown, Christopher!
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
Daily prayers of intercessions and thanksgiving for the Diocese of Grahamstown for February 2018.
Reflection by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba:
‘Destiny is not a matter of Chance … But a decision of choice’
Archbishop Thabo’s reflection on the 28th anniversary of the day Nelson Mandela woke up a free man at Bishopscourt, on February 12, 1990.
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