2017 seems to be the year of the big anniversary. Of course there’s Canada — and it’s 150 commemoration — but a couple of churches in Kingston also are celebrating milestone’s. Here’s Mike Postovit.
The Cathedral Church of St. George and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Both are way way older than the country and confederation itself. St. George’s is celebrating it’s 225th anniversary — which means it dates back to 1792 .
Rev. Don Davidson/St. Georges Dean & Rector
“There was originally a wood structure just a block away behind city hall and it was in the 1820’s that this building began — certainly not in the size that it is today.
There are been plenty of high profile people associated with the cathedral over the years — in fact — many go back to the very early stages.
“On July 8th 1792 John Graves Simcoe made his oath as the first Lieutenant Governor here on the steps — actually on the steps of the original building. Lord Sydenham — the first Governor General of Canada is buried in the crypt beneath the cathedral.”
It’s not quite an “x” that marks the spot — but there is a marker for Sydenham.
“He had had a blow-up with the rector at the time — and said he would never walk back into this cathedral — but he was thrown from his horse 7 days later and died — technically he didn’t walk back in so he didn’t walk back in — he was carried back in.”
Meanwhile — a few blocks away.
Sarah Gordon/Tour Guide
“Welcome to St Andrews Presbyterian Church where we are celebrating our 200th anniversary.”
That’s right — like the sign says — two centuries of serving God and neighbour. St. Andrews also can claim “big names” in it’s past.
“Two Fathers of Confederation associated with the church — we have Sir John A Macdonald — who was the first prime minister of Canada. And we also have the 3rd Premier of — Ontario Oliver Mowat. We actually have the initials of W.A. Bishop — so Billy Bishop the World War One flying ace from Canada when he was a cadet at R.M.C. this was his garrison church so during one of the sermons — it got a bit slow and it was common practise for the cadets to leave a little something to be remembered by.”
Both churches are open during the summer for tours. Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston.