One of the main ways in which the Cathedral reaches out to the greater Grahamstown community is through the Makhana Choir School.
Kutlwano Tshekiso Setchaba Kepadisa explains how the Choir School works:
The Cathedral has a long-standing relationship with Eluxolweni Child and Youth Care Centre. Eluxolweni CYCC currently houses 18 boys who were previously living on the streets of Grahamstown. They provide food, housing, clothing, toiletries and education to these boys. In the early 1990s, theological students began a feeding project for street children which involved serving tea and sandwiches on Sunday nights at the Cathedral. Nowadays, the boys from Eluxolweni CYCC are involved in the Cathedral through attending services, as well as being involved in the Cathedral Marimba Band. To read more about the Marimba Band, click here:
Jane Bradshaw, a member of the Cathedral’s congregation, explains her role at Eluxolweni:
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Another area of outreach that Cathedral members are involved in is GADRA. GADRA is an NGO education organisation which helps students who have failed matric to re-write their exams in the hopes of passing and, sometimes, to gain university entrance. Members of the Cathedral congregation are involved in helping students to apply for acceptance to the GADRA programme, as well as involved in teaching the programme. To find out more about GADRA, click here:
Members of the Cathedral clergy also hold frequent services at Fort England Psychiatric Hospital, as well as at Brookshaw Old Age Home.
The Cathedral reaches out to children in the Grahamstown community by encouraging children to become altar servers. For a number of years, the Cathedral has also been the venue for Rhodes University’s Breaking the Silence event, which serves to speak out against rape and sexual violence in South Africa.
It is undeniable that the Anglican Church in South Africa still has a lot of work to be done in regards to transformation. However, we can see that the Cathedral of St Michael and St George has made several steps towards this transformation.
Keep an eye on their website to see what events are coming up in the Cathedral:
The Cathedral also has a very active Facebook page. Check it out here:
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