Free Summers Tours at St. Andrew’s Church

Published on: 2010/06/28 - in Releases

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is opening their doors once again to the community this summer for free tours.

The tour program began last summer and was a great success.

Tours start on June 29th and will continue through to August 21st.

Tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Starting in August, the Director of Praise, Ian Bevell, will be holding organ recitals every Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Through 190 years St. Andrew’s has sought to serve the community of Kingston and minister to the needs of its congregation.

Here are some historical notes from their website:

  • Though unsubstantiated, tradition tells us that land was given to establish a Presbyterian Church on 6 July 1804
  • Gatherings of Presbyterians began to plan for St. Andrew’s Church by 1817
  • The original building was in process in 1820 and The Reverend John Barclay (first minister) came from Scotland to be the first minister in 1822
  • The Reverend John Machar’s (second minister) ministry was long and significant in the history of St. Andrew’s including serving as Principal of Queen’s from 1846 to 1853
  • The congregation and leadership of St. Andrew’s played important roles in the establishment of Queen’s University in the 1840’s
  • Failing heating system in 1887 led to a fire in the spring of 1888 and the destruction of the sanctuary
  • Plans were made for a new sanctuary and it was dedicated for worship on 16 February 1890
  • Formal connection between Queen’s and the Presbyterian Church in Canada ended in 1912

For more information about the tours,  please contact: Kalista Clement or Dana-Lynn Farrell, St. Andrew’s Tour Guides, at 613-546-6316.

St Andrew’s Church website

130 Clergy Street East, Kingston, Ontario (Map)