Members of the congregation of the St James’ Anglican Church in Graaff-Reinet are pleased to welcome Rev Arthur Gilbert and his wife Dolly to the town. Rev Gilbert has been appointed as Interregnum Minister to temporarily fill the vacancy created by the sudden and unexpected death of Canon John Weldon in July, and was initially appointed until the end of the year, when it is hoped that a new minister will take up a position in the church.
Rev Gilbert is from Kimberley, and is currently the Canon Pastor at the Cathedral Church of St Cyprian’s Cathedral. He has held this position for the last four years. He has been in the ministry for over 40 years, and trained at the Federal Theological Seminary. This college was situated in Alice during his first year of training, before moving to Umtata and then Pietermaritzburg.
He and Dolly have two daughters, and a seven year old granddaughter Shylah, who is obviously the apple of her grandfather’s eye! They all stay in Kimberley, and Rev Gilbert is very involved with family life. For family reasons, he has now reduced his time away from Kimberley, and will be returning to his home town at the end of October.
Rev Gilbert has already visited some of the outlying chapels of St James, and last Sunday took the morning service at St Mary and All Saints in Aberdeen. After the service, the couple enjoyed meeting some of the congregation at a lunch kindly hosted by John and Jean Watermeyer.