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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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St George’s Fair
The weather was ‘fair’ on 3 November for the St George’s Fair. A bumper crowd turned out on a lovely warm morning. Congratulations to Rodney Bridger, Rose Spanneberg, June Venn and the whole team on raising a record-breaking sum of over R45,000!
The Kids’ Zone in the Deanery Garden was a new feature, complete with jumping castle. For more pictures, see our Gallery.
Patronal, Dedication Sunday and Harvest Festival
On 28 October the morning services at the Cathedral were special occasions of thanksgiving and joy.
The 9:30 service began with a procession led by Ayanda Dabengwa and Ikhona Mvaphantsi and the Children’s Church (Sunday School) carrying flags, and they returned later to present a musical item. The Choir sang, the marimbas played, harvest gifts (non-perishable items for the Grocery Baskets) were displayed before the altar, and parishioners brought up their pledges for the year to be presented at Communion.
During the service the Dean inducted the Revd Siphokazi Njokweni as the Chaplain of the Makana Choir School. He also inducted the new Head Chorister for 2019, Nzulu Nzwana, a Graeme College Grade 10 learner.
More details in ‘People and Places’ for October, and more photos in our Gallery!
Cathedral Choir End of Year Concert
On Sunday 21 October the Choir presented their End of Year Concert, at which they sang a selection of the repertoire they have learned and sung throughout the year.
Listen to the following excepts from their items:
- ‘Alleluia’ by Gordon Young
- ‘Masite Amen’ arranged by Sidumo Nyamezele, solo sung by Kutlwano Kepadisa
- ‘Ubi Caritas’ by Ola Gjeilo
On that occasion they said goodbye to two girls who were about to start writing their Matric, Sine Nqumba (left) and the 2018 Head Chorister, Avile Sonyamba (right).
New Chorister robed
Congratulations and a warm welcome to Kuhle Pama, who has completed her period of probation in the Makana Choir School. At Evensong on Sunday 14 October she was inducted and robed.
Publication of new Southern African hymnbook
The Southern African Multilingual Hymn Collection was compiled by Dr Andrew-John Bethke, who did much of the preliminary work while he was Director of Music at our Cathedral. The new hymnbook contains a much larger selection of hymns than the “little blue books” we have been using in the Cathedral, and includes music, and English translations. To order copies (R100 each), please contact Revd Cynthia Botha of the Provincial Publishing Department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two new student Lay Ministers
On Sunday 9 September we welcomed two brand-new Lay Ministers, both students: Theo Duxbury and Thandiwe Gabavana. May God bless them in their ministry!
Makana Choir School AGM
On 2 September the Makana Choir School held its AGM. The meeting was attended by 25 choristers, parents and parishioners, who also watched the video clip of ‘Slice of Light’ which featured the Makana Choir School. Congratulations to the newly elected Committee: David Gain (Chair), Virginia David-Engelbrecht (Treasurer), Maggy Clarke (Secretary), Cathy Meiklejohn (Fund-raiser) together with Kutlwano Kepadisa, Glyn Lloyd-Jones, Jessica Smith and Penny Whitford. The 2019 Head Chorister will become an ex officio member of the Committee when he/she is chosen.
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
Letters from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali
Read Bishop Ebenezer’s latest letter to the clergy and people, August – September 2018.
Bishop Ebenezer wrote on 24 August to clergy and parishioners about a forthcoming workshop of Ibutho Labavakalisi Bakakristu.
Daily prayers of intercessions and thanksgiving for the Diocese of Grahamstown for October 2018.
Umbuliso for June-July 2018
Umbuliso, the newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown for June-July 2018 can be downloaded as a pdf.
By Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
26 October 2018: ‘Women destined for God’s Purpose‘, an address to the 2018 Provincial Conference of the Anglican Women’s Fellowship.
30 September 2018: Read the latest letter from Archbishop Thabo to the Laos – to the people of God, an appeal for the people of South Sudan.
1 September 2018: In his previous letter to the Laos – to the people of God, the Archbishop addressed the vital issue of the Land and the Churches.
For further publications of the ACSA and the Diocese of Grahamstown visit our Publications page.