About Stellenbosch United Church

Mine eyes shall be open and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place
23rd December 1925

Our congregation's history began in 1899 when we were establised as a Presbyterian Congregation. We became the Stellenbosch United Church in 1990, when the congregation decided to unite at a local level with the Uniting Congregational Church of Southern Africa. We therefore represent both the United Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa and the Uniting Congregational Church in Southern Africa

Care Coins

It's all in the name - Care Coins. This year we will be supporting the Trauma Centre and the Soup Kitchen. Please take an empty bottle from the entrance porch table and fill it with your loose change.

Total has risen to R1460.00.

Weekly Reflection

Constant in Love

The extraordinarily grace of Salisbury’s early 13th century cathedral with its soaring steeple moves one to awe. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up unto the Lord. As Elaine and I were taken by cousins to see it and the ruins of Old Sarum and Stonehenge nearby we felt people’s reaching out for God’s grace over millennia.

That need continues. In the heart of the 700-year old cathedral is an exquisitely beautiful new baptismal font. It speaks to all visitors. In a secular age when much symbolism has lost its compelling power, this font quietly and beautifully proclaims the gospel in ways that demand thought.

Baptism marks entry into Christ’s church, so Anglicans place the font near the entrance of the church. In this case, it is a large graceful structure, carved from stone, with a three-metre span to allow all kinds of baptism, from infant to adult, from marking with the cross to total immersion. The font proclaims the church’s rejoicing in different ways of celebrating the grace of God and Jesus’ triumph over sin and death. The upper surface of the brimming font is mirror-still water, reflecting the arches of the cathedral soaring up to heaven and down to the deepest places, like the love of God. We are also reflected: the height and depth of our lives being found in baptism. The square rock has been cut out so that it represents a cross. And from the four points of the cross, north and south and east and west, streams of living water flow from the brimming font. The imagery keeps prompting connections. The top is still water but it keeps brimming over: it is both the still waters and the cup running over of Psalm 23, speaking of joy in the Lord and confidence in his guidance. The rivers flowing from the cross suggest Eden restored and the New Jerusalem throne of Revelation 21 when all is made new. Finally, there are words. In each of the four indented sides encouragement from Isaiah 13 awaits discovery. Inscribed in stone, these texts express the assurance of God’s love in baptism:
Do not fear for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. Our gracious God is constant in love, yesterday, today and forever. Praise him!

Stanley Ridge
19 October 2014

Notice Board

  • Annual Golf Day

    The Annual Golf Day takes place at Devonvale on Thursday 20th November. Prize giving at Knorhoek. Last year R100, 000.00 was raised which bolstered the church coffers substantially! This year the fee is R700.00 per player (R2800 per Fourball) This includes the golf, meal, wine and other drinks at the farm. Contact Mark Philp at Cel 0825666315

  • Books

    Thank you for your continued support. Total sold R5414.00

  • Love to Give

    In the August newsletter we were told about ‘Love to Give’, a programme to empower women. Please support this extremely important venture by bringing clothes, household goods etc. for them to sell and thereby support their children. Drop at the office and we will deliver. Thank you.

  • Prayer Focus: Conversations with God

    Prayer Focus: Conversations with God. Tuesday’s and Friday’s 11h30 till 12h30 for prayer in the Meeting room. Join this faithful group of people. You are all most welcome. Prayer can help!

  • Wildflowers bloom again

    The wildflowers are in bloom again and I will be doing several daytrips. R300 per person includes drinks/snacks. The sun has to shine or flowers don't show their faces Vaigan`s day trips and shuttle. Contact June. 082 898 3773.

  • New Bible Study

    There is a new bible study starting on Mondays or Tuesdays 8 to 9pm, contact Carol 021-8871781,, 073 534 3738.

  • White Elephant Animal charity shop

    EnviroVet Community Veterinary Clinics has opened a White Elephant Animal charity shop. We need GOOD quality white elephants, toys, books and linen. ALL proceeds go towards the sterilization of animals in the townships. Contact June Cilliers at 021-8872784.

  • Beautiful Cards

    June Tocknell creates attractive cards. They are sold at R5.00 each at the secretary's office and the money goes to the Stellenbosch United Church Benevolent Fund

Weekly Readings

19th Sunday after Pentecost. The texts focus the lordship of God and his character of righteousness and God calling all to repent and worship him.

  • Sun

    Isaiah 45: 1-13

    “I am the Lord there is no other; apart from me there is no other”

  • Mon

    Philippians 4: 10-23

    “Turn to me and be saved all you ends of the earth”

  • Tue

    Exodus 33: 1-23

    Rock of ages cleft for me – repentance before God

  • Wed

    Psalm 99

    The king is mighty, he loves justice

  • Thur

    Matt 22: 15-22

    Justice is to pay each what is due

  • Fri

    1 Thess 1: 1-10

    Living God’s way with the power of the Holy Spirit and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ

  • Sat

    Psalm 96

    Sing to the Lord and worship Him

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the service times?

    Services are held at church on Sundays

    • Sunday Morning 09:30 (Children’s workshop and crèche)
    • Sunday Evening 19:00
  • Can I get Married at Stellenbosch United Church?

    We do weddings and other events. Please ontact us for more details or to make any necessary arrangements

    • Physical Address: 8 Van Riebeek Street, Stellenbosch, 7600
    • Tell: +2721 887 0495
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: 08:00 - 13:00
  • Is there a student bible study group?

    Yes, we meet on Wednesdays, 17:15 at David's home in Die Boord. We are currently busy with the gospel of Mark

  • What can I do to help the homeless?

    A list by Night Shelters in Stellenbosch

    • Meals: We welcome any supplements to our basic menu of soup and bread.
    • Clothes: Clothing, especially men's clothing and shoes are in great demand.
    • Goods: Donations of toiletries, blankets, coffee, sugar, cleaning materials and rubbish bags are welcome.
    • Job Creation: You can make a valuable contribution by passing on possible employment opportunities. Many residents are gardeners or domestic workers.
    • Development Projects: We welcome projects which improve the quality of life or skills of our residents. In the interests of residents' welfare, projects are selected very carefully.
    • Services: We welcome volunteers who offer specialised services for free or at cost, e.g. maintenance, garden supervision etc.
    • Relief Supervising: Relief supervisor work involves taking over the supervisor's duties for one night.
    • Funds: The Stellenbosch Night Shelter needs financial support to cover it's running costs. (Bank: ABSA, Account: 1060131020, Branch: 632005)

Funds & Projects

  • straatlig logo
  • vuya endaweni logo
  • stellenbosch night shelter logo
  • stellemploy logo
  • love2give2children logo
  • Kayamandi Trauma Centre logo


Event Details

Contact Details

+2721 887 0495
Monday–Friday, 8 AM–1:15 PM
Student co-ordinator
+2771 218 8288
Monday–Friday, 8 AM–4:45 PM
Bank Details
Name: Stellenbosch United Church
Bank: Standard Bank
Acc No: 072269901
Branch Code: 05061045
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Physical Address
8 Van Riebeek Street
Stellenbosch, 7600
Western Cape
South Africa
+2721 887 0495
available 24 hours a day
Stellenbosch United Church, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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