Thursday, 1 April 2021

Easter Services 2021

We want to wish everybody a blessed Easter, and a new joy about Jesus conquering death and redeeming our sins. 

We will have two services this weekend at St Patrick's Chapel. On  Good Friday (2 April) we will meet at the Chapel at 12 noon for a quiet service with readings, music and reflection on what happened 2,000 years ago, which changed the world forever! The service will be facilitated by Rev Liz Thomas.

Our Easter Sunday Service on 4 April will be at the normal time at 10am and will be taken Rev Barry Wittstock. 

All are most welcome.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Vestry Report by our church warden Trevor Webster


A reminder that we will be holding our Vestry meeting this Sunday at St Patrick on the Hill, straight after the service. All invited. If you want to nominate someone for the Council, please contact Trevor. Here follows the Warden's report for 2021. 


From March 2020 until February 2021 St Patrick’s has had virtual services broadcast by Maggie Verster with the ministry team of Dr Norma Fivaz, Ann Webster, Barry and Lyndon Wittstockand Rev Liz Thomas. The broadcast services were professionally done and attracted a greater congregation far and wide. Unfortunately, Liz can’t be with us for vestry, as she is on sick leave.


The last actual Vestry was held in 2019 at which the following were elected: Trevor Webster (Warden), Quinton Dick (Alternate Warden, Treasurer and Gardens), Rev Liz Thomas (Priest), Dr Norma Fivaz (Lay Minister and Pianist), Ann Webster (Lay Minister, Sacristan and Pianist), Carol Nieth (Weddings), Maggie Verster (Blogpage, communication), Helen Fox and Ansie Klaassen (pastoral care, flowers). At the virtual Vestry of 2020 Jan Delport was elected. All The members have continued loyally, showing commitment in spite of the services being only virtual. In any democratic organization it is vital to have regular elections, which will happen at Vestry this year on Sunday 14 March 2021.   

Worship and Services

We are very privileged to have Rev Dr Liz Thomas as resident priest and two committed lay ministers: Dr Norma van Niekerk and Ann Webster. We are a small congregation of different denominations and we all participate in the different services. The flower arrangements are beautifully done, organised by Ansie Klaassen. Our chapel continues to be a much-visited gem in Hogsback. The Prayer Trail has become a major source of comfort for those needing to pray or meditate. Many visitors regard the chapel and Prayer Trail as a priority in their visits to Hogsback, especially as the chapel is open throughout the day. The Monday Bible Study group is a powerful worship group.

Community and Care: We donate on a regular basis to Hobbiton and Jikani. Ansie visits those in need and our lay ministers use the discretionary fund to help those in need. The blogpage and WhatsApp groups run by Maggie are very effective in reaching a further congregation not living in Hogsback. Maggie has been brilliant in reaching people through technology during lockdown.

The community identifies with the chapel by using it for memorial services, baptisms and weddings and the Wall of Remembrance, although these have not been active during lockdown.  


We are fortunate in having Quinton Dick as treasurer. We donate much of our income from tithing to worthy causes locally, in addition to paying our Diocesan assessment. We have maintained and improved our assets, especially our garden. Whatever has been done has been done to the glory of God. In spite of not receiving collections because there have not been services, we have been able to maintain our commitments. Our financial statements are presented for comment, if necessary, and acceptance by the congregation.


There have not been weddings during lockdown.

Buildings and Gardens:  

The gardens are looking particularly beautiful thanks to the supervision of Quinton and others. We were able to cover the thatch with netting wire to protect it from baboon foraging. All this is appreciated by visitors who are constant visitors.


The Hogsback United Church Fellowship property and assets are looked after by the Council and are not owned by St Patrick’s. The property is up for sale.


Although the congregation of St Patrick’s is a shining example of service, we realize that there are challenges. We are grateful that we can do as much as we do as each of us has a limited time-span in this village. We appreciate the opportunity and joy to be able to be part of this beautiful, iconic chapel, celebrated daily by visitors from all over the world.  

Thank you

Trevor Webster

Chapel Warden

14 March 2021

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Sunday 14 February 2021- How does beauty shape our view of the world

 This morning's sermon is lead by Norma and Anne and they look at how beauty shape our view of the world. Where do we find beauty and how do we find it? Come and join us. 

From next week we will be meeting at the Chapel and resuming our normal services. 

Saturday, 13 February 2021

February 2021Chapel Newsletter

 Dear Members of St Patrick’s

This Sunday, 14th February, Valentine’s Day, will be our final virtual Service! It will be taken by Norma and Ann with Maggie organizing. What a team! They have maintained services throughout this difficult time and reached a wide congregation outside Hogsback! Thank you. Please visit our webpage to enjoy the service.

From 21st February we shall have services in the chapel. Please bring your mask and enjoy worshipping together. Although there will not be tea, we hope congregants will greet one another after the service.

The Services on Sundays at 10am for February and March are:

14th February; Valentine’s Day, virtual service led by Norma and Ann; Ash Wednesday 17th

21st February; Norma and Ann

28th February; Rev Barry Wittstock

7th March; in Afrikaans Ds Hendrien van Vliet from Fort Beaufort

14th March; Annual Vestry and Election of Councillors after service led by Norma and Ann, Reports by Chairman, Priest and Treasurer’s Income Statement and Budget for 2021. (During 2020 we lost income from collections, but our tithing was generous enough to pay the diocesan assessment, Jubilee expenses, cover the thatch with netting wire and donate to those local bodies we tithe to. If you would like to tithe, please pay your contribution to our chapel bank account mentioning your name and the word tithe: St Patrick’s Chapel Council, Std Bank, 050319, a/c 082147493.

21st March: Norma and Ann

28th March; Rev Barry Wittstock

2nd April Good Friday; 4th April Easter Sunday service in Afrikaans taken by Ds Leon van Niekerk


Thank you. 

Trevor Webster; 

Chapel Warden

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Sondag 7 Februarie 2021 -Regverdigmaking en heiligmaking

Vanoggend se Afrikaans diens word gelei deur een van ons Hogsbackians, Charl Botha. As julle wil inskakel op meer afrikaanse goeie nuus van Lewe Lig, besoek gerus sy Youtube kanaal en Facebook tuiste:

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Sunday 31st January 2021 Faith as a bridge in a time of crises

 Join Norma, Anne and Maggie for this mornings virtual service from St Patrick on the Hill. We are looking at how you can use your faith as a bridge in a time of crises. 

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Prayer week: Day 4- Looking Down

Today is our last day of reflection on God's faithfulness. Today we will look down. Join us for this short reflection. May you be blessed.