Saint Andrew’s, Old Quebec, Celebrates Another Milestone in 2010

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Photo: James Cescas

This year marks another historic anniversary for Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec. After celebrating the 250th anniversary of the congregation in 2009, the church building itself will mark its 200th year of existence.

During the first 50 years, beginning in 1759, the congregation rented various locations, including the College des Jesuites which is no longer standing. At that time, there were about 50 families who petitioned to the King to have a land grant to build a church.

The corner stone was laid June 23, 1809. The current building, located between Rue Saint Anne and Rue Cook in Old Quebec, was consecrated on Saint Andrew's Day Nov. 30, 1810.

A weekend of commemorative celebrations will take place June 11 to 13, beginning with a church service at 7 p.m. June 11, followed by fellowship time in the Kirk Hall. All events are open to the public.

Saturday, from noon until 4 p.m., will see the official opening of an art exhibition by Quebec City artists, including members of the Saint Andrew's Art Group. Paintings, jewelry and other techniques will be featured in this exhibit, which will run for the summer.

Guided tours of Saint Andrew's Church and Morrin College will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. A cocktail hour from 5-6pm will be followed by supper from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission to the cocktail hour is $5, for the supper, $50.

Both events will be held at the Garrison Club. Reservations are requested before Sunday.

On June 13, Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. will be the setting for a Kirking of the Tartans to honour the Scottish forefathers and their families who founded the church. A fund-raising concert with a free-will offering concludes the weekend celebrations at 3 p.m.
Saint Andrew's Church will showcase its professional musicians with invited Quebec City performers in a Celtic concert. This program will feature favourite songs of Scotland in both English and Gaelic, rousing gigs and Scottish bagpipe music including pipers from the 78th Fraser Highlanders Band.

More information and details on anniversary festivities can be found at www.standrewsquebec.ca or by calling 418 694 1347.

The congregation of Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec is hoping to welcome familiar faces and new friends as it takes pride in its history, displays and celebrates its present and looks forward to the church's prosperous future moving into the next 200 years.