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.