Sunday, 5 July 2020

Sondag diens 5 Julie 2020

Vanoggend is dit ons Afrikaanse diens gelei deur Norma, Jan en Maggie. Hoe stuur die Here ons in hierdie tyd? Wat is die oplossing?


Sunday, 21 June 2020

Sunday Service 21 June 2020: Our Need for God's blessings

This morning our service is lead by Norma (and her parrot), joined by Maggie, Ann and Jenny (and her dog). Please join us at 10 am this Sunday and be blessed.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Sunday, 7 June 2020

7 Junie 2020 Die Heilige Gees se Agenda

Vanoggend word ons Afrikaanse diens gely deur Norma Fivaz en sy gaan bietjie gesels oor die Heilige Gees se agenda vir ons. Kom luister gerus saam!

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Pentecost Sunday: 31 May 2020

This morning is a VERY SPECIAL service as it is the "last service" of Reverent Barry Wittstock, before he retires tomorrow, after 40 years of service to the Anglican Church. To read more about his service and ministry, see this post. Feel free to leave a message in the comments below or a video message here.


National Day of Prayer

St Patricks Chapel · National Day of Prayer (St Patrick on the Hill)

On this special National Day of Prayer, in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic, we have been asked to pray for particular issues. When I say “Lord in your mercy”,  you can respond “hear our prayers”. 

We bring to you, Holy Creator God, our fears and longings, asking in the name of Jesus, that You would fill us, that You would respond to this crisis in our land and in the world. And that your glory would be known. 

Thank you for your love and your presence with us and so we come as people uncertain and fearful with so much that we do not know or understand. As a whole range of things is unfolding around, us we ask that You will bring comfort and assurance of Your presence and peace in our hearts and homes.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 We pray for an end to the scourge of the virus, that through your power, a vaccine will be developed soon and made freely available to all. 

We pray for all the scientists involved in the vaccine trials. We pray for the National governments, the World Health Organisation and for the people who are part of those trials Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

We remember especially all those who are infected. We ask You to comfort them and bring healing and hope. We pray for their families and communities who are fearing the worst. We ask that your comfort and presence will be with all who grief people who grieve, especially those who haven't had the opportunity to be involved in any process of grieving and burials.  We pray for church leaders, that they would be sensitive in their reaching out to those who grieve and in the funeral services. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As the community in South Africa moves into level 3, we are also aware of the increased risks and raised fears of a rapid increase in new infections. We remember today all those going back to work and to school, as the schools open again tomorrow. We pray for all those who work in the screening, testing and advising of those who are ill and all who care for them. We pray especially for the safety of all frontline workers in the health sector, in shops and caring for us with basic services.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

We pray for all whose livelihoods have been destroyed during the lockdown. We ask for hope of new beginnings and a generous sharing of resources, so that all may have dignity and health. We pray for all those involved in stimulating the economy, that they would be able to make wise and inspired decisions that would lead to growth and jobs and an easing of the hardships that so many people are experiencing.  Lord in your mercy,  hear our prayer. 

We pray for the leaders of all faiths and especially the South African Council of Churches.  We pray for the leadership of the church and we pray for the role of local churches in reaching out and caring for those in need. 

We ask all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, who came and redeemed us, who introduced us to the Holy Spirit and for the Holy Spirit who fills us and empowers us and makes new beginnings: “Behold I make all things new”.  
And so we commit this country, our time of prayer and the needs of the people that we've prayed for, to you Holy God. We hand them into your hands. 


Notice: There will be National Day of Prayer Service on SABC 2 at 16:00 31st May. 

Saturday, 30 May 2020

May 2020 Newsletter

Virtual Services to continue during Lockdown Level 3, from June 2020 Council has decided to continue with virtual services during lockdown 3 in June when the Lockdown regulations allow services to happen. Our broadcast ministry team organised by Maggie Verster has excelled in extending the virtual congregation through the professional and sincere services every Sunday at 10am. If you haven't listened yet I urge you to go to:

It also means that the congregation will continue to be kept safe and warm during the cold winter period, especially as many are in the vulnerable age. However, we look forward to the resumption of services in the chapel as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are Grateful to: 
To those who have kept us healthy, especially Dr Johann Delport;
To those who have kindly helped others, especially those in need;
To those who have kept businesses operating for the needs of the community.

Please Pray For: 
 Neil Cooper who has been ill for some time at home nursed by his daughter, Julie, and family;
Oliver and Rudi who have been in hospital and are now at home, having re-opened their restaurant; Rev Barry Wittstock who suffered a heart attack three months ago and is still recovering and has been looked after by his wife, Lynden.

The wedding of Barry and Lynden at the Grahamstown Cathedral on 24 June 1978;
Barry’s ordination at Holy Trinity Church, King William’s Town on 1st June 1980, with his mother

Retirement Virtual Service by Rev Barry Wittstock on Sunday 31 May 2020 at 10am
Please join the Wittstock family in Barry's retirement service from StMark's, Cambridge. On behalf of St Patricks Chapel, I thank and pay tribute to the Rev Barry Wittstock for a lifetime of ministry to eight parishes in the Eastern Cape. Barry was ordained 40 years ago in King Williamstown. His first parish was where he returned for his final years of service, St Mark's.

We thank God for both Barry and Lynden, his wife, who has supported him lovingly. The congregation of St Patrick's is very appreciative of both Barry and Lynden for their ministry at St Patrick's during two periods. The first was when he was rector at Fort Beaufort and latterly when he has taken monthly services and weddings here by travelling all the way from East London.

We thank you, Barry and Lynden, for your dedicated service to St Patrick's. We are aware that as a previous Chairman of the Board of Hobbiton, you have made a considerable difference to the welfare of Hogsback. We wish you a happy and healthy retirement in your home at the foot of Gaika's Kop.

Please go and leave a message for them here: (Just click on the + , fill in your name and record your message)


Trevor Webster Chapel Warden

40 Years of service and dedication!!

Retirement Virtual Service by Rev Barry Wittstock on Sunday 31 May 2020 at 10am
Please join the Wittstock family in Barry's retirement service from St Mark's, Cambridge. On behalf of St Patricks Chapel, I thank and pay tribute to the Rev Barry Wittstock for a lifetime of ministry to eight parishes in the Eastern Cape. Barry was ordained 40 years ago in King Williamstown. His first parish was where he returned for his final years of service, St Mark's.

We thank God for both Barry and Lynden, his wife, who has supported him lovingly. The congregation of St Patrick's is very appreciative of both Barry and Lynden for their ministry at St Patrick's during two periods. The first was when he was rector at Fort Beaufort and latterly when he has taken monthly services and weddings here by travelling all the way from East London.

We thank you, Barry and Lynden, for your dedicated service to St Patrick's. We are aware that as a previous Chairman of the Board of Hobbiton, you have made a considerable difference to the welfare of Hogsback. We wish you a happy and healthy retirement in your home at the foot of Gaika's Kop.

Please go and leave a message for them below (Just click on the + , fill in your name and record your video message) or you can whatsapp the video to Maggie at 0835566962

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Sunday 24 May 2020 Service: Take my life and let it be

This mornings service is lead by Liz, with the help of Mark Balito and the Keese Family. The theme for this morning is "Take my life and let it be.....

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Sunday Service 17 May 2020

This morning we will look at God's Unique love for us. Thank you Norma and team for this mornings message

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Sunday 10 May- Fear not as you are my beloved

This Sunday Liz will be leading our service along with Trevor and Ann. God want us to not live in fear. He wants us to know He loves us. Have a blessed Mothers day

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Sunday 26 April Service

Sorry about posting the service late. We had no landline, ADSL or MTN on the mountain. But nothing will stop God's faithfulness!! We are back!THe sevice is lead by Liz

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Sunday 19th April Service

On this beautiful Sunday morning in Hogsback we thank Norma (and her parrot) for a lovely message of hope. Jesus stand among us, even were we find ourselves in our lockdown places of safety!

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for Your innumerable Blessings. For sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to live amongst us; to die on the cross for our sins; to rise again to give us the hope of new and everlasting life,

Lord God in your Word You have assured us so often that we do not need to be afraid. Bur still, Lord, we are fearful.
The world fears the unknown  and  out of control virus taking us on unfamiliar paths. We fear what our world will be like in the future.
We thank you for all who are working tirelessly  to protect the people , contain the virus, care for the sick and comfort  the dying and those who grieve.

We pray for our country. Thank You for leaders who are stepping forward to protect us , those who are trying to plan for the road ahead and a better future for all our people. Please bless them, Lord. May they learn that they are not alone, that they need to turn to You for guidance. This is an opportunity for creative and compassionate thinking . Lead us into a new order with new ideas.

In our community we pray that you will be with those without means of support, those who are hungry, those who have lost their jobs. Bless those who are working to feed the needy, may we who have much be generous in our giving.

Please be with all who are struggling with being in isolation.

We pray for the sick and for those in need………

We ask Your blessing on ourselves, on those whom we love and those who are far away.

Keep  us faithful, Lord, keep us safe  under the shadow of Your  wings . May we always know that Your Hand is outstretched to hold us and lead us in Your Way ..Amen

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Easter Sunday 2020: Jesus has risen!!

This morning we celebrate Easter Sunday and rejoice!! Our lord has risen!! The grave is empty!!

 Our prayer intercession:

Gracious God

As we contemplate the empty tomb and the enormous implications of the Resurrection, we rejoice and celebrate.

He who was dead is alive , He who was buried is risen, He who has conquered death has set us free from the power of eternal darkness.

Let the whole world rejoice and proclaim that Jesus Christ our lord has risen today in glory.

We pray for our world, all those whose lives have been turned upside down since the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic . We bring to You those wonderful people who continue to care for the sick, provide essential services and those working to develop strategies to keep their countries functioning and safe.

Our lives can never be the same, Lord, may this be a chance to change for the good, for a new beginning to view others with compassion tolerance and love and to recognise You in each other.

Lord , In our country the extension of the lockdown is accepted as necessary, but for many the isolation it is regarded with fear and dismay.

Many families are confined in small places and tensions are inevitable between each individual. Help us to look on one another with gentleness and kindness, particularly children who often bear the brunt of adult frustration.

For those spending 5 weeks alone this can be a terrifying and lonely prospect. For those suffering from mental difficulties the confinement could become intolerable, We pray for comfort and forbearance. Help us to keep in touch with those whom we know are in need of a kind and encouraging word.

Bless us Lord and keep us safe. Look kindly on us and may we always remember to be kind.

And now let us say together the prayer that Jesus taught us;

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be Your name

Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven

Give us today our daily bread

And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us,

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

For the Kingdom , the Power and the Glory are Yours

now and for ever


Friday, 10 April 2020

Holy Week: Good Friday

Thank you Lord, for saving us.

After Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane He was taken to Caiaphas, the High Priest. The religious leaders had for some time been plotting to kill Jesus, They felt threatened by His teaching and His ability to draw crowds. His popularity was growing. He performed inexplicable miracles, healed the sick and preached Love and Service for our God and our fellow man. This was something very different from the accepted teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The priests accused Jesus of blasphemy and claiming to be the long-expected Messiah and bayed for
His death.

Jesus was cruelly beaten and tortured and then bound by the Roman soldiers before being taken to appear before Pilate, the Roman governor, for trial. After questioning Jesus , Pilate realised the this was an innocent Man. Fearing for his own political career and afraid of the assembled rabble, he washed his hands of the case. He then handed Jesus back to the clamouring, fickle crowds to be crucified.

The soldiers dressed Jesus in a cloak and put a crown of thorns on His head. mocking and jeering at Him as the supposed King of the Jews. They then led Him out to be crucified. Jesus , badly injured and stumbling, accompanied by a large crowd , and carrying a heavy cross was taken to a hill outside Jerusalem called Golgotha.

There He was nailed to the cross to die.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday Devotion

Today is the start of our Easter weekend celebrations. The Thursday before Easter is known as either Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. Maundy is derived from the Latin word for "command," and refers to Jesus' commandment to the disciples to "Love one another as I have loved you."

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Holy week: Wednesday devotion

This morning's devotion is all about betrayal and relationships. Have you experienced betrayal? How did it impact on your your relationships?


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Monday, 6 April 2020

Holy Week: Monday Devotion

This mornings Monday Devotion. May you be blessed this week as we walk in Jesus's footsteps to the cross.

Holy God,  
We have all fallen short of Your love, distanced ourselves from You and denied the truth of our shortcomings to ourselves and others and so damaging relationships with those whom we love and with whom we interact.
Forgive us ,Lord.

You are a great and compassionate God who knows and loves us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, to enable us to face our weaknesses, our lack of honesty with ourselves and others, to mend fences and to move on , walking in Your Way with You always beside us.
Bless us lord and keep us safe.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Palm Sunday

This morning we will be celebrating Palm Sunday in a slightly different way due to the lock-down restrictions in place. This does not mean that we cannot virtually get together in the Spirit and as a community! We will be leading a devotion every morning this Holy week at 10 am. Please join us.

Heavenly Father,
On this Palm Sunday Morning , at the beginning of Holy week,  we consider your journey to the Cross and all You sacrificed for our redemption, taking our sins and dying for us that we might live with you in glory. Help us to walk with You.

We come to you to ask  for your blessing on our world, our land and ourselves, These are dark and trying times, Lord, times of panic, grief and great fear. Thousands have died, thousands are ill and thousands more will become ill  of the corona virus. We do not understand the hows, whys and wherefores of this pandemic.
Large parts of the world are in lock down as we wait for what we do not know. Lord, Bless us

We pray particularly for all those on the frontline of the battle, all healthcare workers ,exhausted, risking their lives and their families to care for others, many thousands of volunteers offering their services to help. The scientists working tirelessly to find a vaccine  to help curb the spread of this disease. All others in essential services keeping law and order, providing power, water and sanitation, safety  and all working in the food industry and shops to keep us fed.  Bless and protect them  that they may know the power and comfort of your care. Be with all who are ill and give them comfort

We are in lockdown, Lord, a time to reflect , keep apart from one another , obey the considered orders from our leaders and above all to pray. For many thousands of our citizens keeping apart, and practising healthy hygiene are just not possible. Our government can only do their best to  provide protection. Gracious Lord, Bless us. 

We pray for ourselves . Lord in this time of isolation help us to draw nearer to you, spend time in reflection, studying your word , keeping in touch with those whom we love and care for and  for those who are alone and possibly fearful and in need of comfort. Bless those who find it difficult to be on their own, who need the company of others. Help the world to slow down , realise what is really important, that You are the God of all , our Creator who loves each of us very especially and that we are called to love one another as you have loved us

Lord God , you know us and our needs and you love us unconditionally . In time this will pass , much will have changed much will need to be renewed and reassessed, guide us all to  follow Your way in the healing of the nations and the people in a better , cleaner, kinder way.

Bless us ,Lord and keep us safe.  Amen

And now let us join together in saying the prayer that Jesus taught us;

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespassers
As we forgive those that trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever

Sunday, 29 March 2020

29 March 2020 Dedication

As we are not allowed to have normal morning services, we will do it virtually. This morning Liz Thomas has prepared our morning dedication for us.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Our 85th Thanksgiving Jubilee service

We has such a blessed time at our #85thjubilee thanksgiving celebration service. Thank you to all who made it such an amazing event!

Monday, 16 March 2020

Gift of joy

In celebration of our 85th Jubilee, the St Patrick congregation decided to share a gift of joy with our local Bold Point community. On consultation, they advised us that they really wold like a lectern for the new community hall.

We were delighted to join them and hand over the lectern on Saturday the 14th of March as part of our Jubilee celebrations. We were joined by Margaret Fourie our special guest. It was wonderful for all the representatives from the faith communities to come together!

Friday, 13 March 2020

Our 85th Jubilee celebration coming up in March!!

This year St Patrick on the Hill will be celebrating our 85th birthday jubilee. What an amazingly blessed occasion to look forward to!

To celebrate, we are having a very special guest come from afar to make the occasion one to remember. We will be joined by our former beloved priest, Reverend Margaret Fourie, who has played a very special role in our little chapel history over the years!

The celebrations will start off with a thanksgiving service at the Chapel at 10 am on Sunday the 15th of March where Margaret will be leading the service. 

On St Patrick's Day, Tuesday the 17th of March at 6 pm, we will be "getting our green on" and join in the jubilee fun which will be take place at the Edge. In the spirit of communion and sharing, we ask that everyone bring with a plate of finger food to share with each other. There will be a cash bar as well for the more thirsty village members! 


Monday, 9 March 2020

85th Jubilee programme

It is getting closer to our St Patrick Chapel's 85thJubilee celebrations this coming weekend and we would love to share what we have planned. As you all know we have invited our previous reverend Margaret Fourie to join us at this special time as a special guest. We would love you all to be part of all the various events, so book the dates!

  • 10 March Margaret arrives in Hogsback!!
  • 14 March 10am Margaret tree reunion at Morning Market. All welcome to join in and say Hallo!
  • 14 March 12 noon Handing over of the lectern gift to the Bold Point community from the St Patrick congregation. All welcome.
  • 15 March 10am 85th Jubilee Celebration Service. Margaret will lead this joyous service and there will be thanksgiving through music and Instruments.
  • 17 March 6pm - St Patrick's Day. There will be a Bring-and-Share at the Edge. Wear green and come and share in the joy. There will be music to get us all in the mood and a cash bar.
See you all there!!

St Patrick on-the-Hill Hogsback– our response to the Carona Virus (Covid -19)

Fellow people of the Jesus way, I write at a time when the second case of someone infected with the virus has been reported. We have watched other countries’ reporting their first, second …… cases.

With a small number of people already exposed to the virus, we need to be responsible in how we as South African’s respond to it. Carefully considered and planned action is needed by each one of us and as a community. How should we respond as individuals?

It is quite natural to be anxious about the risk of infection to oneself, family, friends and others. We watched the China response to the virus unfold. It is now clear that the risk of infection is highest in certain situations such as large gatherings of people, places such as airports and on aeroplanes. The guidelines are clear – if you show signs of symptoms, go and see a doctor.

To protect yourself from infection, wash your hands regularly, don’t touch your face, mouth or eyes, keep away from people who are sick and coughing. Use a mask if you are sick or need to be in close proximity to sick people. How we as the St Patrick’s community are responding? Our aim is to ensure that people feel safe to come to church and can worship without feeling anxious. Those who are sick must know they are supported.

We are going to:
  • Use a new way of greeting one another at the time of the peace – by greeting one another with our hands together fingers pointing upwards, and bowing one’s head. This is a very respectful greeting used by people in Asia – often accompanied by the word ‘Namaste’. 
  • We will celebrate the Eucharist as usual, but at the time of Communion, only wafers will be offered. This is to reduce anxiety about sharing a common cup. This practice is what the Catholics already do as part of their tradition. 
  • If you are sick with flu, cold or cough, please don’t come to church. It would be best for everyone if you stayed at home and joined us in the live streamed service (  
  • If you are staying home and away from church because you are sick, please keep connected. Use the whatsapp, website ( etc. 
  • If you are ill, please keep the lay ministers informed so the church can support you with pastoral care and help where possible other needs. 
What you need to do, often: ‘Just do it’. The key way to reduce infections is through hand washing.

A prayer we can use: 
Holy and loving God, we bring to you our anxiety about this virus and the risk we each have of becoming infected.
Help us not to panic but to know your peace beyond all understanding.
Help us to be responsible by the protecting ourselves from risks to our own health and to be respectful and responsible about others’ health.
We pray for all those who are sick, those who fear they are infected, those who are sick or in recovery.
We long for you to bring healing and hope to all people.
We remember too those who have died and all who grieve.
Holy God, inspire those doing research, give courage and wisdom to all health workers and protection to all, including health support staff.
Help us to live as your people of love and wholeness as we face this challenge as individuals and together as a community.
May we shine with the love that we share.
Holy Spirit, we ask for blessing and love to surround this whole situation.

Liz Thomas
St Patrick on-the-Hill
7 th March 2020

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Interesting things to know about the Chapel and its people

Over the next few weeks we will be posting little interesting tidbits about the chapel, its history and its people, so keep checking back!

We will start off with how the chapel got its name.....