Rev. Alistair Anquetil, BTh (Hons)

Rev. Jaco Bester, BTh

45 Lurgan Road


Johannesburg 2193

PO Box 72223

Parkview 2122

Tel: (011) 646-5420

Banking Details:

Standard Bank


Branch 004305

Account: 001948776

St. Columba’s Presbyterian Church

Welcome!  Please click on the links below to find out more about St Columba’s

Sunday Service with

Rev Jaco Bester

25th July 2021 at 9am

WER – Matters of the MIND

with Abby and Jaco

21st July 2021 at 6.30pm


Nikki Bush in conversation with Rev. Alistair Anquetil, discuss the important topic of managing grief and loss in the time of Covid, including the validity and impact of incomplete grief and lack of closure. Alistair is one of the ministers at St Columba’s Presbyterian Church in Parkview, Johannesburg, together with Rev. Jaco Bester. His deep spirituality belies his ability to connect easily and naturally with people from all walks of life. Alistair’s insights and wise counsel are often sought when people are facing moments of crisis and celebration. During the global pandemic, Alistair and his staff, like many other institutions of faith, have been overwhelmed with death and loss as a result of the Covid-19 virus. 


  • What to say when someone has died
  • The concepts of lack of closure and delayed grief
  • How people are saying farewell to loved ones in a time of social distance
  • The importance of maintaining a sense of community and support even in a hybrid world
  • How do we create rituals in a time of social distance?
  • How grief is situational and contextual – no two journeys are the same
  • Survivor’s guilt and how important it is to let go of guilt to heal and move forward
  • Grief and loss is a journey that continues – there is no full stop you are working towards
  • The journey with grief has different tempos and support is not just needed at the beginning when things are intense
  • How teams should not be left in a vacuum when one of their members dies
  • The problems with isolation
  • Death as a time of deep reflection

Centenary Celebrations - 4th July 2021 at 9am


Dear St Columba’s Family,


We regret to inform you that after much thought and in light of Gauteng experiencing a surge of new Covid-19 infections, we have taken medical advice following which Session has made the decision to cancel in-person services and will inform you as soon as it is safe to resume in-person services.


Please be advised that the Church Office is closed due to a team member having tested positive for Covid-19 and the Office staff will continue to work from home. 

Please stay safe during this high Covid-19 surge.

With love and respect

The St C Team

where to find us

St Columba’s is situated in the leafy cosmopolitan suburb of Parkview, a short walk from Zoo Lake and close to Johannesburg Zoo at 45 Lurgan Rd, opposite a small park with a playground. The traditional stone Church with its stained glass rose window and other beautiful windows created by leading artists is flanked by a well-tended Garden of Remembrance and fronted by a small courtyard garden with a fountain and fishpond. Its tranquil exterior belies all the activities that take place within the Church walls and beyond.