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150th Anniversary Service

150th Anniversary Service expanded, broadcast live, 4 pm, Sunday Sept 20th

Sunday’s service celebrating ACSA’s 150th anniversary has been expanded in partnership with the SA Council of Churches (SACC) and the Solidarity Fund with the aim also of uplifting people’s spirits in the time of the coronavirus, of inspiring courage in moments of darkness and of enlivening hope for the future.

The time of the service has been moved to 4 pm on Sunday (September 20) to enable its broadcast in South Africa on SABC2, the national broadcaster’s channel with the biggest reach. It will also be carried throughout Africa on DStv Channel 404. Details of an online webcast will be posted to ACSA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/anglicanmediasa/

The service will be one of Solemn Evensong, held under coronavirus lockdown protocols.  The Order of Service will be published online on Sunday before the service begins, with a link from the Facebook page.

Evensong will be led in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. The preacher will be Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, head of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Ms Gloria Serobe, the Chairperson of the Solidarity Fund, and the President of the SACC, Bishop Zipho Siwe of the Methodist Church, will also join the service. Hymns will be led by choirs from St Cyprian’s Church, Langa, Cape Town, and the Cathedral.

In the coming weeks, the SACC plans to arrange three further services in cooperation with the inter-faith community, the ecumenical community and the Catholic Church with Vatican involvement. Details will be published when they are finalised.

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