The Third Bishop of the Diocese of False Bay

Bishop Stafford’s homily at the 2024 Chrism Mass at All Saints Cathedral Somerset West

Chrism Mass: All Saints Cathedral 28 March 2024

Canon Luleka Nyhila, thank you for the world of welcome at the start of the service. Allow me to acknowledge the presence of the Methodist Bishop of the Cape of Good Hope Synod. Bishop Yvette Moses welcome to the Chrism mass. I also want to take this opportunity to thank you Clergy and people of God who were present at the service of consecration. I sincerely appreciated your presence, as you embraced me as your Bishop. Although we are diverse in our gifts, our personalities so different, yet, despite these cosmetic differences we are one in and through Christ. It is Christ who draws us together as one big family. Show me a perfect family and I want to be part of such a family…. Read more

Matric Booklet 2023

Debt crisis in the Diocese of False Bay

In her farewell sermon on Saturday, 26 August 2023, Bishop Margaret, addressed the Debt crisis the Diocese finds themselves in. An appeal was made to all families to make a donation towards debt relief in False Bay. Quote from the sermon – No one can be blamed for this and no one could have foreseen Covid and its devastating effects on our church economy, followed by loadshedding, taxi strikes, fires and floods”.

Please click here if you wish to make a donation towards this appeal.  

Special edition of the False Bay Anchor

This special edition of the False Bay Anchor is dedicated to Bishop Margaret who retires from the Diocese at the end of August 2023.

Season of Creation 2023

Let peace and justice flow down like a river


Bishop Margaret gathered all licensed Clergy of our Diocese for the first Post-Covid Clergy School at Houw Hoek from Monday, 28 May to Thursday, 1 June.

The theme of the gathering was “Reimagining the Church in a World Shattered by Covid-19”. Topics of discussion included Reimagining the Church and Finance, Gender and Climate Justice, Human Sexuality and Liturgical Practices. Each day began with a Eucharist service and was followed by contextual bible study, using resources from Lambeth 2022.

On the Wednesday evening, there was a surprise dinner in honour of Bishop Margaret’s ministry. It was the Bishop’s final Clergy School as Diocesan Bishop, as she will be laying down her staff at the end of August 2023

Diocese of York Link Visit

On Sunday evening, 30th April 2023, the four Dioceses (Cape Town, False Bay, Saldanha Bay and York) celebrated Evensong at St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town. The Right Revd Dr John Thomson, the Bishop of Selby, preached.

Chrism Mass 2023

Images from the annual Chrism Mass and Bishop Margaret’s sermon.


The Synod has released a wide-ranging communiqué following their meeting in Gauteng from 27th February–3rd March 2023. The communiqué included a statement on Human Dignity and Marriage, issued as an addendum to the communiqué.



Liturgical Resources

Sunday School Sunday Resource

Stewardship Series 2023

Prayers for the peace of the world

God our Father, you are the source of all truth and peace:

Look with mercy on your children

Purify our hearts from all hatred falsehood and prejudice

And so guide us by your loving wisdom

That peace and righteousness may be established among all people; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(from An Anglican Prayer Book, 1989, page 86)

A Prayer for Africa

God bless Africa

Guard her children

Guide her leaders

And give her peace

For Jesus Christ’s sake.


(from An Anglican Prayer Book, 1989, page 91)

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