Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
SATUEDAY, MAY 25, 1946 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PAGE NINE MARK DIAMOND JUBILEE 4- -r T 4- j. .j. .5. .j. St, Andrew's Presbyterian Church Pays Tribute to Pioneer of First Church in City CBy WILLIAM HAY) IT IS fitting that the Presbyterian church, in Lethbridge should be observing its diamond jubilee J this the first >ear of peace; after "the world and as jear also when the Church in Can- j ada is conducting its "Advance For Cnrist" movement to strengthen, the church in all Its departments and re-cedication of its members to the Christian life. Tribute must be payi first, ana; foremost to the vision, perseverance and unstinting effort of tne pioneers of the church ivho labored under great difficulties to bring the gospel to the frontier lands of this >ouag country. The church's foundations well and truly laid by such men as Rev. Charles McKillop, Rev. Father Van Tigfcem and Rev. E. K. Matheson. Presbyienanism in Lethbndge is divided "into phases from 1886 till the toss of church union in 1925, and from thas date V) the present time. Botrt phases savi- hardship both were marked by iauh andf perseverance which brought about strong church organizations and led j to tne erection of splendid churchy edifices. i Much of the early church history! of Lethbridge centres around the Presbytenan church for this was I the first to be built. Early in 1885, it is revealed, Rev. P. McKenzie, a student missionary at Macleod. preached in Lethbridge, then known as Banks, at the home of Sir. and Mrs. William Stafford ac the River Bottom However, is was on Oct. 11. 1885, that, the first definite organization took place John D. Hignibotcam, well known pion- eer dragsis; of Lethbndge, con- ceived the idea of a Sunday School and this first gathering really marked the beginning of the Pres- byterian church in Letnbndge. Fire PnpUs Mr. Higinbotham gathered to- gether five pupils of mixed faiths and held his" first Sunday School in tne caroen'er shop of Chmie and Robertson. The shavings had all been carefully swept into a comer and two rough wooden benches were provided for seats. From this small beginning tne Sunday School was destined to increase to nearly 600. Anglicans and Presoyterians united in service that same month Rev. Mr. Bourne and Rev. McKenzie held services in the bUliarcl room of the Lethbridge Hotel. One month later. November 1, the first Presbytenan commun- ion service was taken oy Rev. James Robertson, who later became super- intendent of missions for the west, The service was held in the board- ing house on -what was known as "The Bank situated on the old driveway to Stafford's Coulee Forth of the present CJPJl tracks. Here the congregation was organ- ized and communion was admin- istered to 10 persons The first board of managers was then formed, con- sisting of William Stafford. Robert Xiven, Daniel MacKay and J. D Higinbotham. Services thereafter were held regularly and the boild- mg of a church was undertaken All groups in the newly formed Presbyterian church worked activ elv on plans for tneir first church building. Progress is recorded, and on Feb. 14, 1886, the church was fufaiaUy uueneci. Costing S1.700. the building was a neat little struc- ture complete with bell tower and erected on the site of the pres- ent court house. It is interesting to note here that with the growth and development of the church, piacs were later made for a larger struc- ture. The original churcn became the old Caledonian hall, later to be purchased fay the Pentecostal con- gregation and moved from its site to its present location on Seventh Street South. Today it forms the basic structure of the Pentecostal church there First Service That first service on Feb. 14, 1886. was a great day for all the peoole of the little community and particularly for the Presbyterians, for it was a material result from an inspiration oi less than a vear. The morning service was preached fay Sev. Alfred Andrews, Methodist, and by Rev. Angus Robertson, Presbyterian, in tne evening. The church was fitted only with Dench- es, there was no organ and the building had yet to be painted but no more inspiring services had ever been held on the plains than those of thankfulness and hope which took place on that occasion. A call was extended that spnng to Rev. Chas McKillop of Admas- ton, Ont., and until he arrived in July. 1886, the services were taken by Rev. Angus Robertson and Mr Cameron, a student missionarv. It on Sept 12. 1886. that "Rev. McKillop administered his first sacrament to 16 peonle, including Mr. and Mrs. Chas Jaraine. Mr. and Mrs. Root. Niven. Mr. and Mrs William Stafford. Mr. arid Mrs John Duff, Mrs Hodcer. J. D. Mac- Kay, Miss Christina McAulay and J. D. Higinbotham. The congregation showed a rapid growth and the -Sunday school, by thss time, had increased to 28 On Oct. 3, 1886, John D. Higinbotham and Daniel MacKay were elected the first elders of the church and ordained two weeks later. John Duff was elected the following year. Here then was the neT churcn a living a thriving cDngregauors, a full-time mm-ster, an expanding Sunday school, a board of man- agers functioning and elders nuiy elected and ordained Ladies' Aid The ladies were as eager to do their the men and only two Church Activities St. Andrew's iWednesday evening, 8 Presoyterians in LetntHxSge Class. i called to rejoice ana praise Al-, You are eorcuaJly invited to mighty God lor Hi_ many blessings tend services, as celebrate the Diamond Jubi-j lee of the establishing of tae church Fust Lasted in tins community Special ser- In the absence of tne pastor iho ijces been planned, the! is attending the Alberta ccnlererxce Rev FranJc s Mo-ley wruca is meeting xn Efiaaosjon. tee of Grace Church. Cal- Hustlers conduct the asom- week service on Wednesday wenlug 1 at eight tne pastor -still continue i the interesting study in the j of EUSah._______________ _ ST. MARY'S CHURCH (Anglican) sut4 12th St. C N. Sunday, May aSth, 19ML S Coancunion. II Bucharest and Ber. W. ScnooL -BBEADNG OT Sermon. Church, school. 3 pja_ Bvecsosg at. Iron Springs I 730 and Ser- j mon. J -EVENING MEWTATHW" A1X WELCOME! the soloists. Tee instrumen- tal trio, Mr. ana Mrs George Brovii and Mr. G. Henderson, wall at the evening The cnoir i sing "Glorious Is Thj ia tee morning, ana "Tne I Heavens are telling' in the evening Tne ladies' chorus sing -Thanks oe to God The morning service wi: cast over Sui.on CJOC praise Sa the morning. In the eve- ning Senior cnotr will oe in cnarge of th- music. The Suncay Scnoo! in all depart- ments wiU sneei at the usual hcurs. Memners of the official ocara are of ihe meetjrg to be ne'd i Wednesday, ilav 29. a: 8 pjn., is the church halL be broac- S SouthmrnsUr On Monoaj nigh; tnere will oe "Choosing Your Eceaues" be the Animersarv Dinner ana Con- the theme of me sermon by the cer: commencing at 6.30 pjn. Rev. Harry A. Mutchmor at. South- I Every member is urged :o attend minster cnurch on Sunday. morn- these celebrations, and a special I ing. ilay 26th. 1 welcome is extendec to the "old j Mr. Mutchmor will give "Seven tuners." St. Aaghcan Rules for s Happy Marriage" in his sermon Suncay evening, and frojn the experience of an Suncav. May 26. ts Rogation outsianaing judge as 10 whaj are Sunday "uhen special prajere for essentials happy marriage, rain will be offered Holy com-1 and_whal mos" cause muniori will be celebrated at 3 ajn.. breakdown. Matins and sermon 11 ajn. and', _. Evensong service will be held at hcience i 7.30 pjrT All service, be taken Thelesson-sennon in the Chrfs- bv the Rev Victor E Smith Church Science church tomorrow wU activities will be earned on during :o and the week as usual. Ic -our.ced on selections _____ i from the Bible and from Science and Health Key to the Scnp- ST. ANDREWS PRES 3YTERIAX CHURCH I that ye Mrs. Jardme. Mrs. McXuliy. Mrs Fraser. McBane, Mrs Wilhaia Stafford and Mrs. Hodder. The fust undertaken by these ladies was to provide funds for a church organ and to end bazaars, con- certs and suppers followed eachj other in quick succession. The organ soon purchased and the first orgarust was Mrs Sailey, v.ife of first suaermtendent of the AJl. and I. first couple to be married in the new church -sere Alma Isabella Forbes and Sii John Hodder on Marcn 9. 1885 They were both original settlers in the commumti- The first bantismal service was per- formed on May 23 thas same year when Willamma Cross was christ- ened. Each different occasion or event served to build up the history of thr young church and each was given a special mark of recognition by the The first. annual meeting of the church was held in 18S7 and IE marked the end of a jear of high hopes, firm resolve, great faith and an abund- ance of hard work cheerfully done- Sev. Cnas. McKillop ministered to his flock in Lethbndge for 18 full and evantful years, resigning due to poor nealth in 1904. His death occurred at his home in Letnbnoge on 20. 1907. He was succeeded by Rev A. M. Gordon, son of a former pnncioal of Queen's. It was during Rer. Gor- don's ministry that the new Knox church, novr the Baptist cnurch on Fourth Avenue South, -nas built and ooened in 1908. To pay respect and tribute to their late minister, the honor of laying the comer stone was given to hss widow. Mrs. Mc- Killop, at a largely attended cere- mony. The names of the cnurch officers on that date together with a history cf the church de- posited in the corner stone cavity It is interesting to note who held j office at that tune. Elders, D. J. MacKay, J. D. Higmbotham. G. H Joanston; ooard of management, E. TT. Rylands, P I> Naismith. A. B Stafford, H. Macbeth. C. V Ben- nett, Hugh Scott; other members of the building committee. T.V. Henderson, E. Adams. J. E- Leth- bndge; treasurer, W. B. Burnett. Rev. Gordon's ministry continued for seven vears and in March. 1912, Rev. A. G.'Cameron was inducted as minister of Snox church. He re- mained in Lethbndge until 1914 when Rev. A. H. Denoon became his successor Rev. Danoon was induct- ed in November. 1914. and later, while he served overseas in the first "World War, his pulpit was filled by Rev. W. F. Bums. Dr. J. Phiihns Jones and Rev. T T Faicaney followed in that order ro the pulpit of Knox church and it was Rev. Faichney who was min- ister during the cnurch union issue in 1925. Thus the first phase Presby- tenamsm in Letnondge was con- cluded. Found New Church "With ranns oadiy split following church union, with no churcn and no minister, those few who had re- mained true to the Presnyterian faith were faced with obstacles wh.ch appeared as great as those which confronted the church in the eariy days in Lethbndge. Credit for the first move to organize a new Presortenan church in this city goes to the women for they too' is seeking to and i re-orsranize ana build up mem- CHRISTIAN SCIENCE First Church of Christ Scientist Twelfth St. and Fonrtli ATC. S. Sunday Service. 11 Suojeci "SOtL AND BODY" 12 10 School. Wednesday Testimony Meet- ing. 800 pjn. Free Reading Room and Lend- ing Library. 323 Twelfth St. S. Hours: Week days, 230 to 4 pm., except public holidays. a speaker and a hall for that his- j organizing the dme for tone occasion. The committee ing of Si. Anore A s charge was Successful in securing j chjrcrs Rev. A. W. R. Whiteman of Cai- j Daring September. Rev gary as preacher and the use of St man accepted a call to St s Augustin's parish hall on Second) chu-cn at Macleod, so the icca! Avenue Soutn was granted bv tne congregation at a meeting on Sep- Anglicans. Member 13 extenacd a can to Tne first service of the re-bom. "W E. Kelley. BD, of Weli- Preso" terian chairman of the f and a he publ'.clv Mr and Mrs bership. A call has been issued for Presbvtenan church m Lethbndge Whi'e-; OHagea lor tneir gist of the had maae a nermanent church home Mrs CKagen was piesented with a silver trowel aija asve- isistoncai vere placed in the cav.tv in the corner stone, the concrete was arrolied, ofiiciaiK dedicating and consecrat- ing tne church to tr'e of 21, 1925. with D-. White.' Almightv Goa. It it. interesting to ReV. A. W. R- Wh.teinan and Rev. j note taat the collection tasen up Thomoson conauctmg the sen ice that dav for tne building fund On Sunday, Sent 27, Mr Kelley totalled S1.170. preached his fird sermons to large j First Services congregations. Rrs: services ir> the new church Pour acdinorsal eJders were were held on S'incay. Dec IS. 1928. wood. Man Tre call was accepted Rev. arrived in Leth- bndge and was .nclacted on Mon- was successful oevond tie fondest. hopes of the faithful few. The tendance on that Sundav morning was such and the interest so in- tense that a meeting was he'd at the of the service and it was decided then and there to form a ____ r_____ -___, ______ church to be known as St. An- ham. Mrs Mrs. TSailev. Mrs I drew's Presbvenan church, pledg- J. Craig. Mrs. R. Niven, Fane, ing lovaitv to me mother cnurcn m Ocr 9 and ordair.ed in the basement scnoo. 'oo-n until that same evenir.a Tnev were F K the ciurcli p'ope- was fu'.v conn- a re-dedication to tne cm. t.ar life in order tr.at we snz; builc !ne anew the up- heaval of war ti, Mns. B. CHOOSING YOUR ENEMIES 7-30 pjn SEVEN RULES FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE Thoughts for June bndes and srocms. The experience of an outstanding judge. NEWSPAPER!