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History of Saint Andrew's Church, Saint John, New Brunswick 
by David Russell Jack

1913 book reveals much church history


Here it was a beautiful day in May, just perfect for going fishing in the brook, but Mum had other plans for us. I had the hated task of dusting everything in the livingroom and cleaning the kitchen windows. Cliff was to cut off the crusts of the sandwiches Mum was making and then he was to put icing on the cupcakes.

Once the sandwiches were arranged on the tray, they were covered with a damp dishcloth and wax paper and put in the outside pantry.

Not a speck of dirt was to be found in the house when the folk on the committee to plan the church anniversary service arrived at eight o'clock.

Mum told us to stay in the other room while the meeting took place. She did not want to hear a sound from us. She suggested we play Snakes and Ladders.

All went well for the first hour - then I suggested to Cliff we sit by the hall door and eavesdrop. From what we heard, it seemed they wanted to have a really good preacher and some special music to attract former members of the congregation as well as people from other churches.

Cliff whispered that maybe they should ask Wilf Carter to come. I could visualize him standing at the front of the church with guitar, cowboy boots and cowboy hat. It struck me as funny and I started to giggle. We did not realize a hush had fallen over the discussion in the livingroom until the hall door opened and there stood Mum glaring at us as we lay on the floor giggling louder than we knew.

I wonder if any of the children of Saint Andrew's Church in Saint John were listening while a committee planned the 123rd anniversary service in 1907? The guest speaker was the Reverend C.W. Gordon, pastor of St. Stephen's church in Winnipeg. To thousands of Saint Johners he was known for his high position in the literary world as Ralph Connor, author of such stirring tales as The Man from Glengarry, Black Rock and The Prospector.

On Friday, May 31, 1907, his series of lectures, addresses and sermons opened with an evening at the Opera House. On Sunday, June 2, he preached at both services at Saint Andrew's Church.

This is just one of the many events that was documented by David Russell Jack in the 400-page book, History of Saint Andrew's Church, Saint John, New Brunswick that he compiled for publication in 1913.

Not only is this book filled with information, photos of ministers and parishioners but it has biographical sketches of a few of those who were prominent at various dates in the work of the church.

William Emslie was a Scotch shoemaker or cobbler. "His purse strings were always loosened, and the contents freely given to the hungry and suffering."

James Gordon Forbes was born May 10, 1837, in Pictou County, N.S. He taught school at Kouchibouguac in the late 1850s. He studied in the law office of Judge Wedderburn and went into the law business with William H. Sinnott.

The idea for a history of the church came from Rev. David Lang, who suggested a history of the church be published for the 125th anniversary in 1909. The book was not published until 1913 but when one delves into the amount of material, one realizes this delay proved advantageous to generations to come.


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