Groote Kerk, Kaapstad

posted by Kaihsu Tai on March 26th, 2007

Groote Kerk, Cape Town Yesterday I was at Groote Kerk, Cape Town, for the 10:00 service. A congregation of the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, it is the oldest existing church in southern Africa. I enjoyed the organ which had 5 900-some pipes. We must have sung 9 or 10 hymns during the Afrikaans-language service, which (as one could expect in good Reformed/Presbyterian tradition) lasted exactly one hour, even in Africa.

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  1. On April 5, 2007 at 16:48 Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    I think it was Pastor André Olivier who preached on John 12 when I visited Groote Kerk.

    Cape Town FestivalWhilst in town, I also caught some events of the Cape Town Festival on South Africa’s Human Rights Day. There was a rabbi praying at an interfaith event.

  2. On July 3, 2007 at 07:02 Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    I should say that I also visited the Cathedral Church of St George the Martyr, Cape Town, erstwhile the seat of the Most Reverend Dr Desmond Tutu.

    By the way, this week’s Sunday Times reported that the Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, urges Britain to invade Zimbabwe and remove Robert Mugabe.

  3. On April 23, 2012 at 08:17 Elizabeth du Toit said:

    I visited die Groote Kerk yesterday and Emiritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu preached. He spoke of how we refer to one another and how Jesus called his deciples friends. It was an uplifting experience of celebration and unity. We listened to Mozart’s Clarinet concerto performed by the Groote Kerk orchestra, an enchanting counter tenor singing Jesu joy of man’s desire by J.S. Bach and an exquisite soprano singing the Alleluja from the Exultate Jubilate by Mozart. I was most touched by the gentleness and charisma of Desmond Tutu who rendered the entire service in faultless Afrikaans. I shall treasure these memories for ever.