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The Presbyterian Church of St Andrew [the Apsotle],
on Cox Street, Geraldine

 Photo taken on a sunny day, 25 October 2005 by Garry Toomey

Timaru Herald Friday 14 March 1873.On Cox St. is a beautiful church built of stones collected from the local river beds and was dedicated on November 30 1950. The above church has three stained glass windows. photo

The Timaru Herald Wednesday 19th March 1873
Presbyterian Church, Geraldine.
On last Sunday, the above building though not entirely completed was opened for Divine service. The rain cleared off during the night, towards eleven o'clock on Sabbath morning carriages, buggies, traps and horses, all bearing their living freight, together with a few pedestrians, were seen assembling from all quarters. The congregation may be said were the largest ever seen in Geraldine. The Church itself is fully seated, but in addition to this accommodation the seats of the school house and the Wesleyan Chapel were absorbed. The Wesleyans in deference to the occasion very courteously closed their place of worship for the day. The Rev. Geo. Barclay conducted the service in the morning - setting fourth from Acts, xvi, 13 14, what he termed "Three great institutes of religion... The Rev. R. Ewen preached in the evening from John v, ii ... The choir consisted of volunteers from Geraldine, Temuka and Timaru. The Rev. G. Barclay having stated at the morning service that some
£30 were wanted by the building committee, the collections - which says much for the liberality of the congregation -amounted to within a trifle of that sum. [The Geraldine Church was built in 1873 was moved to Cox St. in 1887. ]

Otago Witness, 15 April 1882, Page 9
The Rev. George Barclay, Presbyterian minister, who is leaving Timaru for the Old Country, was presented at Geraldine with a cheque for £550, subscribed by his parishioners and many other friends.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church On Cox St. is a beautiful church built of stones collected from the local river beds and was dedicated on November 30 1950. The Presbyterian church at Woodbury was first erected in 1887 and doubled in size in 1892. Bells for both churches were donated by Rev. George Barclay J.P. (1835-1908) who arrived at Lyttelton on 1st January 1865.  He was ordained March 8 of that year in St Paul's Church, Christchurch and placed over the South Canterbury charge with its headquarters in Timaru in 1865. The people in Timaru complained that there minister was away too much. Likewise the rural areas complained they did not see him enough. A church was built in Temuka with Rev. Barclay as minister. In 1872 he accepted a call to move to Geraldine. In 1879 this charge was divided into three charges. Geraldine, Point and Temuka. The Geraldine church was built in 1873 was moved to Cox St. in 1887. Rev. Barclay was active in education affairs, a member of the South Canterbury Education Board from its inception and for a long time Chairman of the Appointment Committee. Reference: Daybreak by A.J. Davey.

St. Andrew's, Geraldine : 1879-1979. Imprint: Timaru, N.Z.: Beynon Print, [1979]

Three lights. 
To the Glory of God in memory of Kenneth Mackenzie 1868-1950 and Eva 1866-1942. presented by the family. 
Mr Mackenzie, MBE, was a former member of the Geraldine County Council.
This beautiful 1952 John Brock east sanctuary window, the Good Shepherd, similar to, the 1954 John W. Brock window at St. Paul's in Timaru.  (opens in a new window)

Two 1975 Roy Miller windows - The Sower and The Lamb in Revelation presented by Maurice Askin commemorating the Askin family.

Someone had recently been painting.

In memory of Rev. George Barclay former Presbyterian Minister of South Canterbury who founded this congregation.
In memory of Angus Macdonald born April 1st 1822. Died March 2nd 1890. Aged 68. One of the first members of this church.

Bush Advocate, 20 July 1908, Page 5
WAIMATE, to-day  Obituary: Rev. G. Barclay, a pioneer Presbyterian clergyman, of South Canterbury, after a short illness. Deceased was the father of Mr A. R. Barclay, M.P., and of Dr Barclay.

Ashburton Guardian, 20 July 1908, Page 2
WAIMATE, July 20
The Rev. George Barclay, pioneer Presbyterian clergyman of South Canterbury, has died, after a short illness. He was the father of Mr A. R. Barclay, M.A., Dunedin, and of Dr. Barclay, of Waimate. Mr Barclay was born in Ireland about 1835 or 1836; and was educated, party, at University College, London, and partly at other Home institutions. Ho received his theological training in the College of the English Presbyterian Church, and afterwards became a licentiate of the Presbytery of London. In January, 1865, be landed in Lyttelton, and, a short time after, he took up his abode-in Timaru, his district extending from the Rangitata in the north to the Waitaki in the south, and east and west - was far as he could go across the island. In later years Mr Barclay took an active interest in the work of education in South Canterbury, as a member of the South Canterbury Education Board, and it. was chiefly through his agency that Waimate obtained its High School.

Mr Barclay, was well known for his willingness to travel throughout his parish, often make a round trip on horseback to Temuka, Geraldine and Pleasant Point after Sunday services in Timaru.

Nov. 2009

St Andrew's Hall
South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project