Makhanda

Welcome to the Website of Grahamstown Cathedral, Makhanda!

 

Come in, browse around, make yourself at home! From contact details of the Cathedral staff to lists of forthcoming Sunday services, 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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Latest News

Choral Evensong returns to the Cathedral from Sunday 3 October! At first these services will only take place on the first Sunday of each month, at 5 p.m. They will also be live-streamed. Choral Evensong is a well-loved tradition of the world-wide Anglican Church, in which choirs offer of their best in the service of Almighty God, and for the upliftment of the congregation. All are welcome.

 

Provincial Synod meets virtually, recommends vaccinations for all clergy

The Synod of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) met virtually from 21-24 September. The Synod passed a resolution calling for the mandatory vaccination of clergy, and urging all Anglicans “to seriously consider vaccination as an act of love for both ourselves and our neighbour.”  

On Friday 10 September Dean Mzi Dyantyi received his second vaccination against Covid-19. “You can also do the right thing to protect yourself and those around you” he said: “Let’s do this!”

There is an excellent informative short video (12½ minutes) produced by ACSA to explain why we should follow Dean Mzi’s example. Click here to view it.

 

Canon Noelene Arends with Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali

New Canon of the Cathedral

In the Sacred Synod in St John’s East London, meeting on 7 September 2021, the Revd Noelene Arends was elected a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter of the diocese of Grahamstown. We congratulate her, and ask for God’s blessings upon her.

 

 

Student Services resume, now at 3 p.m.

The Student Services resumed as from Sunday 19 September. The time has changed, and they now take place at 3 p.m. For more details, contact the Sub-Dean, Canon Melany Adonis: 083 685 6033, melanyadonis@gmail.com.

 

Cathedral Organ restored

Sunday 5 September 2021 was the first time the Cathedral organ could be played again after restoration by Pekelharing Organ Building. Listen to a  selection of snippets: Jonathan Hughes on the organ, Kutlwano Kepadisa rehearsing the Iimvumi (Junior Choristers), and a snatch from the final voluntary after the service.

 

Makana Choir School AGM

Ambesa Cagwe and Siyolise Sandi with the Director of Music

The Makana Choir School held its AGM on 5 September. Chairperson Glyn Lloyd-Jones reported on an unusual year that was not without its highlights, and Director of Music Kutlwano Tshekiso Setchaba Kepadisa outlined hopes and aims for the year ahead. He also introduced the Head Choristers for 2022, seen here with him: Ambesa Cagwe (left) and Siyolise Sandi. Congratulations to them both!

 

29 August: Our Children’s Service 

On Sunday 29 August the Sung Eucharist was a special occasion with an emphasis on parents and children. The songs were children’s favourites like ‘Jesus loves me’ and ‘Shine, Jesus shine’, and Canon Melany Adonis had a special story for the children. Listen to them singing ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands‘, led by Director of Music Kutlwano Kepadisa and the choir.

 

Death of former Dean, John Stubbs

The Revd Dr John Stubbs, who was Dean of Grahamstown from 1999 to 2006, died peacefully at his home in Chicago, USA, on 16 August 2021. We give thanks for his life and ministry, both here and in the United States, and pray for his family.

A virtual Memorial Service was live-streamed on our Facebook page on Thursday, 26 August. At this service a number of tributes were shared in voice notes. To read the tribute and biography compiled by Professor Paul Walters, click here. 

The family have sent a link, should you wish to extend a message of condolence or share a memory with them. Click here.

 

Cathedral re-opens for Sunday Worship

It was a great joy to be able to return to the Cathedral and worship Almighty God together again on Sunday 1 August! Listen to Obianuju Njoku singing ‘Bless this House‘ (but she sang ‘Bless this Church’!) accompanied on the piano by Bayanda Mthetho. 

The Cathedral is now open for Sunday services, as follows:

  • 7.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  • 9:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist (also live-streamed on our Facebook page)
  • 3:00 p.m. Student Service (during University terms)
  • (also live-streamed on our Facebook page)

At 5:00 p.m. on Sundays there is a service of Evening Prayer with music, live-streamed on our Facebook page.

You are also welcome to join in the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, which are live-streamed at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, on our Facebook page.

At our in-person services at present the limit on attendance is 250 persons. All Covid-19 protocols are to be observed.

 

Archbishop’s reflections on current crisis in South Africa, 13 July 2021

South Africans and our friends world-wide have watched in horror as violence, looting and loss of life developed in various parts of the country, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. On 13 July our Archbishop, Thabo Makoba, issued a Reflection on South Africa’s current crisis. To read it, click here.

The same evening he was interviewed by Newzroom Afrika’s programme InFocus. To watch a YouTube video of the second part of this, click here.

 

Trinity Sunday

On Trinity Sunday it is traditional to sing “Holy, holy, holy…” In the Cathedral on 30 May  we heard our Senior Organ Scholar, Jonathan Hughes, singing the setting by Schubert, accompanied on the piano by Junior Organ Scholar Bayanda Mthetho. Listen to this YouTube extract.

Pentecost Celebrations

On 23 May the Cathedral rejoiced in the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Everyone was encouraged to wear red – even the altar servers were in red! Andrew Tracey’s reading of the Ezekiel lesson was enlivened by snatches of the well-known song “Dem Bones”, with the congregation joining in with the words “DRY BONES!” And as a final reminder that Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, everyone was sent home with cupcakes, lovingly made and iced by Sally Terry and the altar servers.

Mzinzisi Dyantyi licensed as Dean of Grahamstown, 24 April

On Saturday 24 April the Cathedral had the joy of welcoming our new Dean, Mzinzisi Dyantyi, when he was licensed and installed by the Bishop of Grahamstown, Ebenezer Ntlali. We praise God for this wonderful service, and ask the Lord’s blessing on the ministry of Dean Mzinzisi and Sub-Dean Melany Adonis.

For more pictures, see our Gallery.

Meet the new Dean of Grahamstown, Mzinzisi Dyantyi

Mzinzisi Dyantyi, the new Dean of Grahamstown,  is seen here with his wife Lilitha, son Samila (4) and daughter Sambesiwe (7).

Canon Melany Adonis is the new Sub-Dean and Chancellor of the Cathedral. May God bless Mzi, Melany, and their families in this new and exciting stage of their ministry!

Kutlwano Kepadisa appointed Cathedral Director of Music and Precentor

Kutlwano Kepadisa

After the Parish Council had met on Wednesday evening, 27 January, for the last time in Andrew Hunter’s tenure as Dean, he announced the appointment of Kutlwano Kepadisa as Director of Music of the Cathedral. Kutlwano (Kepa) has been acting as Director of Music for some months, and was also in charge of the Cathedral music for two years from 2017-2019, after the departure of Dr Andrew-John Bethke. Trained initially by Dr Bethke as a Choir Intern, Kepa has worked tirelessly to develop his talents as a choir director. To judge by the outpouring of delighted congratulations on Facebook from parishioners and friends near and far, this appointment is extremely popular, and Kepa should be able to depend on support from the parish and beyond. At the live-streamed Eucharist service on Sunday 31 January, Dean Andrew announced that in addition to being Director of Music, he had appointed Kepa Cathedral Precentor. We congratulate him, and ask God’s blessing on him in this new field of work.

Kutlwano Kepadisa succeeds Cameron Luke, who joined us in April 2019. A brilliant organist, he brought many gifts and talents to the Cathedral and the choir. We thank him for all that he has contributed to the life of the Cathedral.

Cathedral choristers wanted!

The Imvumi (singers) section of the choir is looking for young singers to join our music ministry. Singers from Grade 5 to Grade 10 are encouraged to come try out for the choir. Interested singers/parents must contact Mr Kutlwano Kepadisa at 078 869 0880 (Whatsapp) to book their audition slot.

 

Farewell to Chris Mann, Artist-in-Residence

Chris Mann, poet and troubadour, one of the Cathedral’s Artists-in-Residence, died at home of cancer on 10 March.  Over the years we have valued his poems, his songs, and those amazing collaborative multi-media shows produced for successive Spiritfests with his wife and fellow Artist-in-Residence Julia Skeen. His faith breathed easily through his art, an unforced, natural witness. We give thanks for his incalculable contribution to this city and this worshipping fellowship, mourn his passing, and pray for Julia and the family.

Chris Mann’s funeral took take place in the Cathedral on Friday 19 March at 10:30. Due to Covid-19 regulations, numbers present were limited to 100, but the service was streamed live, and recorded. It is still available to be watched here.

For more about Artists-in-Residence, and poems by Chris, see Our Artists page.

Visitors welcome

The Cathedral is open for visitors and private prayer during the Verger’s working hours, i.e. 9-12 and 1-3 on weekdays, and 9-12 on Saturdays. Please wear masks.

The Cathedral Office is open from 8—4:30 (closed for lunch 1—2). All visitors to the office are asked to wear masks, complete a register and sanitise their hands on entry. Sanitiser is provided.

South African Council of Churches Guidelines on Funerals in a time of pandemic

The SACC has produced a useful summary of the Government regulations covering funerals during the coronavirus pandemic. It can be accessed in poster form here.

This is part of the website which the SACC developed, which contains a range of useful, and accurate content on the Coronavirus pandemic. These can be downloaded and shared in all 11 languages. It also includes links to other useful resources.

Beyond general information on the virus, the SACC will provide information on the particular challenges faced by churches at this time. New content will be added regularly. It is work in progress and will improve with time.

Requests for information to be added on the site can be sent to info@coronachurch.org.za

Please share this resource widely.

 

Anglican Consultative Council passes Environment resolution

The Anglican Consultative Council, meeting in Hong Kong in May, passed an important resolution on the environment. The resolution recognised that there is a global climate emergency and requested that churches develop action plans and resources for sustainable living. Read more…

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

Donations

to the Cathedral ministry

Cathedral of St Michael & St George
Current Account, First National Bank, Grahamstown
Account Number: 52320792164

If you would like to make a promise to contribute regularly to the ministry of the Cathedral, you can download a Pledge Form here.

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Latest Publications

ACSA Covid Guidelines for Services and Meetings under Adjusted Level 3, February 2021

On 3 February 2021, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa issued important Guidelines for services and meetings under the newly adjusted Level Three of lockdown. To download the document,  click here.

 

By Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

Invitation to Anglicans Ablaze Conference Global Online Conference, 6-9 October 2021

Archbishop Thabo writes: “It is my joy and privilege as host to invite you to attend the upcoming Anglicans Ablaze International Conference.

Growing the Church, our Province’s church growth institute, holds this event in conjunction with a variety of other provincial ministries, and their united effort has produced significant teaching and training opportunities in the past. Our conferences, full of young and old
alike, have been greatly enriched by the diversity of worship…” Read more

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Archbishop speaks on climate emergency, 30 July 2021

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has told national government and business leaders that the climate emergency presents South Africa with a “Kairos moment” – a critical turning point and an opportune moment for new and creative initiatives towards a just solution to the crisis. He was speaking on Friday 30 July 2021 to the third meeting of the Presidential Climate Commission. Read the text of his important speech here.

Pastoral Letter concerning Easter and Covid-19

On 24 March 2021 the Archbishop wrote:

Dear People of God

With Easter approaching and scientists and government officials in South Africa warning against a “third wave” of coronavirus, our Covid-19 Provincial Advisory Team and I are anxious that the Church at all levels should be extra-cautious to keep every member of our congregations safe over the next few weeks… read more.

Ad Laos – to the People of God

On 2 January 2021 the Archbishop posted a Message for Epiphany.

Important Guidelines – Second Wave of the Coronavirus

On 19 December 2020 the Archbishop wrote commending an important report and recommendations from the Provincial Covid Advisory Team.

ACSA 150th Anniversary Appeal

“Our 150th anniversary is indeed a momentous milestone, and as we look back over the decades we can see that what has been achieved is nothing short of God-inspired” wrote the Archbishop on 10 October 2020 – read more…

Statement on transforming Anglican schools

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) acknowledges the anger of some in our schools who have once again challenged the church to face the pain of experiences of racism and of feeling that they do not belong. read more…

Transform our corruption-fighting agencies!

Speaking at a service on Sunday 30 August 2020 to launch the South African Council of Churches Anti-Corruption Campaign, the Archbishop added to voice to the service of lament and protest, and supported September as a month of church action against corruption. Read full text of his contribution here.

Call for ANC’s ‘Corrupt bigwigs’ to return ‘stolen treasures’

On 26 August 2020 the Archbishop made the call in a message recorded to support a new anti-corruption campaign launched by the SA Council of Churches, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Foundation for Human Rights and the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution.

 

From the Bishop of Grahamstown

Bishop of Grahamstown on murder of Fort Hare student

On 23 August 2021 Ebenezer Ntlali, Bishop of Grahamstown, issued a Statement concerning the tragic and horrific murder of a Fort Hare student in East London. He wrote: The whole family of the people of God under our charge in this Diocese have received with greatest consternation and shock the unbelievable and sad news of the gruesome killing of a Female Final Year Law Student allegedly by her live-in partner at the university of Fort Hare – as it came to the fore on Friday last week – in East London. Read more…

Ad Clerum from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali

Ad Clerum, January to March 2021

Lenten Message from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali

The Bishop’s Message for Lent 2021.

Statement from the Chapter of the Diocese

On 6 February 2020, the Cathedral Chapter of the Diocese of Grahamstown issued the following statement:

We as the Cathedral Chapter of the diocese of Grahamstown are aware of the widespread concern and anger following the arrest of a member of our church, and his subsequent court appearance on charges of sexual assault. Read more…

Please use the Coronavirus Prayer.

The Growing the Church Offices will be closed due to the Coronavirus lockdown. You will be able to communicate with us via email:  office@growingthechurch.org.za or trevor@growingthechurch.org.za You may WhatsApp or SMS us on our cell numbers: Trevor 084 202 5298 and Estelle 072 676 9437.

For further publications of the ACSA and the Diocese of Grahamstown visit our Publications page.