Spiritfest Programme


The Cathedral of St Michael & St George, High Street
Come and participate in a magnificent Choral Eucharist.
26 June 09:30 (1hr30) Preacher: Dean Mzinzisi Dyantyi
3 July 09:30 (1hr30) Preacher: Sub-Dean Melany Adonis

Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square
26 June 08:30 (1hr30) Preacher: The Rev Andile Nokwindla
3 July 08:30 (1hr30) Preacher: The Rev Otto Nshanyana

Every Nation Church, 10 Hill Street
26 June, 3 July 09:30 (1hr30)

Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk, Hillstraat
26 Junie, 3 Julie 09:00 (1hr)

River of Life Church, cnr Hill & Huntley Streets
26 June, 3 July 08:30, 10:30 (1hr30)

St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Hill Street
26 June, 3 July 08:00 (1hr)

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hill Street
26 June, 3 July 09:30, 18:30, (English), 15:00 (Vernacular) (1hr30)

Choral Evensong, Cathedral
The Cathedral Choir, directed by Kutlwano Kepadisa, which includes children from the Makana Choir School, will lead the singing at a service of Choral Evensong.
Fri 24 June 17:30 (1 hr)

Weekday Mass- St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Hill Street
Fri 24 June, Wed 29 June& Fri 1 July 13:15 (30 min)

Taizé Service, Cathedral
The Taizé style of simple repetitive chant speaks to the heart and uplifts the soul. Come and join in 40 minutes of candlelit peaceful meditation and song.
Wed 29 July 17:30 (40 min)

This will be a walk of prayer along High Street from the Police Station in Raglan Road to the Commemoration Methodist Church at the end of Bathurst Street. At various significant points we will stop to offer prayers relating to what those points signify to our town.
Thurs 30 June 14:15 (30 min) Police Station, Raglan Rd to end of Bathurst St

Ingoma yoHadi (Song of the Harp) – Asakhe Cuntsulana
This 45-minute concert fuses the traditional folk South African music on the Adungu (Ugandan Harp) while evoking expressions that mirror the four phases of being, spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.
Fri 24 June 13:00 (45 min) The Cathedral

Makhanda Kwantu Choir
A concert of some of the best choral works by composers spanning the landscape of the globe. The audience will be spoiled with rich choral treasures from Russia, Poland, England, America and some excellent choral works by South African composers, including some original arrangements by the choir of some of South Africa’s most popular music. There is something for all to enjoy in this diverse programme.
Fri 24 June, Sat 25 June 11:00 (1hr) The Cathedral

Grahamstown Circuit Choir
Members of the Grahamstown Circuit Choir are drawn from a number of Methodist church choirs in the area. Come and hear them sing rousing spiritual favourites from South Africa and beyond.
Sat 25 June 15:30 (1hr) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square

Well-known Favourites on the King of Instruments – Peter Black
St Andrew’s College Chapel Organist, Peter Black, plays some of the great standards of the Organ repertoire.
Thurs 30 June 12:00 (45 min) The Cathedral

Piano Recital – Bayanda Mthetho
This is an opportunity to hear an up-and-coming young local pianist. Bayanda Mthetho began piano lessons at the age of 11, and passed his Trinity Licentiate with Distinction while he was in Grade 10 at Graeme College. He is now studying towards a BMus at Rhodes University.
Wed 29 June 12:00 (45 min) The Cathedral

Lectures with discussion

‘And yet we all die’ –The Revd Janet Trisk
Fear, fascination, forgetfulness are responses to death which most of us experience at various times in our lives. This discussion will seek ease to the fear a little by considering “good death”; to temper the fascination with death with an equal passion for life; and to remind ourselves that to forget our mortality is part of the sickness of our times.
Mon 27June: 11:00 (1 hr) St Patrick’s Church Hall, Hill Street

‘Good Grief’ – The Revd Linda Schwartz
Grief is a complex, compelling and profound life experience. How we grieve is informed by culture, religion, societal and religious expectations, all of which potentially complicate or ease the process.
Mon 27 June: 15:00 (1 hr) St Patrick’s Church Hall, Hill Street

‘God the Scientist’ – Prof Rui Krause
Revealing the compatibility of faith and science, and how a faith in God can in turn provide a ‘big picture’ of the world against which science perhaps makes more sense.
Tue 28 June: 11:00 (1 hr) St Patrick’s Church Hall, Hill Street

Christian Meditation
Explore the tradition that comes to us through the centuries from the Desert Fathers and Mothers, led by visitors from the World Community for Christian Meditation and the Centre for Christian Spirituality.
27 June – 1 July 09:30(1hr) St Patrick’s Church, Hill Street

Guided Prayer
A week of Guided Prayer led by a group of prayer guides trained in Ignatian Spirituality. Guided prayer allows one’s prayer life to become enriched. Through experiencing different ways of praying, you will become more aware of God’s presence in your daily life.
The opening session will be online, via Zoom, on Sunday 26th June at 2.30 pm. Tel. 072 631 9048 or email srgeraldine54@gmail.com for log-in details.
Two guides will be available in person: 27-29 June, 1 July 14:00 (2hrs) St Patrick’s Church, Hill Street
You can also book an online prayer guide

Songs and Poems of Fafa Hopkins
The beloved Makhanda poet and troubadour Chris Mann (stage name Fafa Hopkins) died in 2021, but has left a rich legacy of recordings. Spiritfest is proud to present online Fafa Hopkins performing three of his song-poems, and one poem read by Lindsay Reardon. These links will go live on 23 June 2022.

Green Anglicans
This environmental network aims to support churches to fulfil God’s call to be Earthkeepers and to care for creation. They are presenting two short videos on the Online Spiritfest: in one a number of impassioned young climate activists are interviewed, and the second is a moving and inspiring song “We must save the Water” sung by the Cape Town Opera Chorus.

There is no entrance charge for any Spiritfest events – retiring collection.

For more about Spiritfest see http://grahamstowncathedral.org/spiritfest/
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Covid regulations will be observed.
Please note that masks are mandatory in indoor venues, which will be operating at 50% of capacity.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Duration: 30min - 1h 30min
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Language: English