Carol evening at historic church

2015-11-26 06:00
<The public are invited to join in the evening of song at the old 1875 St Katharine’s Church, which is one of the oldest churches in Uitenhage.                       Photo: SUPPLIED

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Do you enjoy the music of the Christmas Season but don’t get much of an opportunity to sing out?

Then St Katharine Anglican Church invites you to visit the historical and beautiful church known to the people in Uitenhage as the “Stone Church or Klipkerk”, for their annual 9 Lessons and Carol Evening service on Sunday, December 6th at 18:00.

The program of scriptures and music is based on a service first held at King’s College, Cambridge, England, on Christmas Eve in 1918. The Congregation will be entertained by the Despatch Men’s Choir, an organ-recital by Liesel Murphy and also well-known singers, Karina Pattinson, Hazel Swanepoel and Ilza and Kelly Hansen. The congregation won’t be left out as they will also sing some of the beautiful carols.

The public are most welcome to join the evening of song at the old 1875 St Katharine’s Church which is also one of the oldest churches in Uitenhage. St Katharine’s Church is on the Corner of Market and Durban Streets in Uitenhage.


In 1875 the church was dedicated by the Rev. William Llewellyn and named by him after St Katharine, an eighth century Egyptian princess who was beautiful and wise.

The foundation stone, which cannot be found today, was laid in 1867 and it is from this date that the anniversaries are counted, although the building began only in 1869. It was completed in 1875 after many financial constraints and problems. In 1894 the chancel was added and the original galvanized iron roof replaced by the present slate roof in 1966.

It is built in simple Gothic architectural style with stones quarried from the vicinity of the farm “Hillwacht” and transported by ox-wagon to this site where stone masons of the Moslem faith built the original structure.

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