The foundation stone of a new Anglican African church was laid at Kwazakele, on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, May 1, by Mrs.
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Background: The foundation stone of a new Anglican African church was laid at Kwazakele, on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, May 1, by Mrs. F.H. Holland, a city councillor.
Described by the priest-in-charge, Reverend H.F.C. Thorpe, as "an act of faith in the future of South Africa", the church will measure 200 by 100 feet, and include a community centre. Total cost will be GBP17,000 and completion and dedication are expected by November. Holy Spirit Mission will then be one of the largest churches built in an African township in the Union. At present, Reverend Thorpe holds services in a shanty.
The Bishop of Grahamstown blessed the stone, church, and community centre, Reverend Douglas Mbopa - an African - preached the sermon, and visiting overseas dignitaries included the Bishop of Glasgow, Scotland, and the former Provost of Coventry, England. A multi-racial gathering of 1,500 people saw the stone-laying ceremony.