St. Andrews Churches are very beautiful and historic. Here are a few and a bit of information we were able to gain on them.
All Saints Anglican Church
During the 18th century, it was a common practice of the British government to support every colony with the establishment of a Church of England.
The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, often simply referred to as the SPG, was the government body charged with executing this policy.
The narrative of All Saints Anglican Church commenced when Rev. Dr. Samuel Cooke was dispatched to Saint John, NB in 1785 by the SPG.
In 1788, the Church started welcoming all denominations, serving as a universal place of worship. Rev. Samuel Andrews, the first resident clergyman, devoted his services to the community from 1786 until 1818.
All Saints Anglican is the oldest established church in city proper limits.
Greenock Presbyterian Church
Initiated in 1821 and finished in 1824, the nationally acclaimed Greenock Presbyterian Church stands as a grand wooden structure, embodying the British Palladian Revival style. It features a magnificent vestibule, topped by an elegant steeple, adorning the simple, symmetric, front-gabled Colonial style meeting house. This landmark is situated on Montague Street.
Inside the church, an upper balcony extends along two sides, with its southwest end resting on ten beautifully crafted bird’s eye maple pillars. The interior’s crown jewel is the pulpit, a stunning and exquisite piece. Located level with the balcony floor, the pulpit is fashioned from mahogany and bird’s eye maple, the mahogany specially imported from Honduras for this purpose. The pulpit construction was overseen by Gordon Gilchrist, who ensured it was built without any nails or hardware.
The primary structure of the church emulates a large Colonial meeting house’s style, while the vestibule and tower reflect a British Palladian aesthetic. The tower’s exterior features a unique element – a carved depiction of a fully leaved oak tree.
Moreover, the Greenock Presbyterian Church is renowned for its association with the initial religious disputes in St. Andrews and its ties to Christopher Scott and Scotland. From the Loyalists’ arrival in 1783 to 1820, the Protestant Church was St. Andrews’ sole church.
St. Andrews Baptist Church
St. Andrews United Baptist Church is a mid-19th century wooden, two-storey Carpenter Gothic religious building with four spires extending above the front façade. It is located on King Street in St. Andrews.
St. Andrews United Baptist Church is designated a Local Historic Place for its architecture and for its continual use as a place of worship.
Wesley United Church
Wesley United Church has welcomed worshippers for 100 years or more.
St. Andrews Catholic Church
The first St. Andrews Catholic Church was erected in 1825 on the early Catholic cemetery. This building replaced it in October 1886.
Located on the corner of Parr Street and King Street, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church is the third church on King Street travelling up from the water. Locally, the street is affectionately known as ABC Street as the three churches in order are the Anglican, Baptist, and Catholic.
Situated near the mouth of the St. Croix River, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church was first established as a parish in 1849.
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