St Paul, Presbyterian Church, 28 Seddon Street, Timaru, and a bell tower was built in 1926. It is a striking red brick church with three stained glass windows designed and executed by Mr John W. Brock, an Englishmen, who trained with the London based James Powell and Sons and emigrated to settle in Dunedin in 1914. He designed at least thirty-two stained glass windows for many denominations for Canterbury churches at his studio in Dunedin for over fifty years. He designed windows for the Woodlands Road Methodist Church and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Timaru and another at the Chalmers Presbyterian Church. website
Rev. Adam C. BEGG, M.A. was born 4 March 1868 and ordained at Tapanui in 1894 and came to Highfield, (now St Paul's) Timaru 21 February 1918 and retired from their 30 June 1932. He died 17 January 1947. He was the minister when the foundation stone was laid. His wife was Margaret.
March 2009 four Presbyterian churches at a summit committed to becoming a single parish with four congregations - Trinity, St Stephen’s, Chalmers and St Paul’s churches ninety years after it was first purposed it.
Nov. 2011: St Paul's Presbyterian Church in Timaru was closed after damage to a wall due to the earthquake.
Jan. 19 2014: The church was decommissioned. The service of Thanksgiving and Decommissioning was led by the Rev. Rory Grant with parish preacher and the Rev. Dr. Susan Jones. Rev. Grant said "the building is not the church, the church is the people" at the ceremony held on the back lawn. After the service sacramental symbols of worship were carried from the church to the neighbouring church hall. These included the brass Bible stand and the pulpit Bible, the communion table fall (cloth), the baptismal font bowl, music books and the cross. Afternoon tea followed in the Parish Hall with parishoners bringing a plate.The parish put the church and grounds on the market in August 2013 after a merger in 2009, when four Presbyterian churches became a single parish with four congregations. Sold for sections -14. The St. Paul's Church Hall was a busy facility in 2012 with sixteen groups using the rooms including dancers, florists, knitters and a Parkinsons groups. Pews & cushions, pianos, various tables, heaters, chairs & forms, bookshelves, dinner wagons, cabinet, mirrors, ride-on-mower, DVD player & TV, kitchenware were sold. The central office was moved to St Stephens, 349 Wai-iti Road.
Grey River Argus 8 August 1919, Page 3 CHURCH UNION.
AN ADVERSE VOTE TIMARU, August 7. The Timaru Presbytery considered the question of the Union of Churches. Revs. Toker (Geraldine) in the absence of Rev. Stanson - (Trinity) moved and Rev. Ussher (St Andrews) seconded a motion in favour of union, provided that a satisfactory basis of union is agreed to. Revs Harries (Chalmers) and Begg (Highfield), moved an amendment that while the union would be scriptural and desirable, on practical grounds, the denominational system, which has not been without its uses, could not be suddenly brought to an __d without grave risk of increasing the evils of dissent and division whose removal was chiefly aimed at, and that the Presbytery would favour a federation of the Churches, but the mind of the Church was too divided, and the Presbytery felt that there was at present not behind the movement the spiritual impulse which could warrant a change so great and irrevocable. After discussion the amendment was carried by seven to four, the voting being : — For: three-Ministers and two elders; against: four Ministers and three elders.
1908: Mr Edgar Randal (late organist of St. Paul's, Wanganui, and now organist at St. Paul's, Timaru), is a young and talented organist, having gained honors in the senior examinations conducted by Trinity College, London. Pedalling is a feature of his playing, and in this department he was specially complimented when undergoing his examination.
1967: A Positive Organ Co., pipe organ removed from Dunedin 1925-26 Dunedin Exhibition, was removed from St. Paul's to a Levin residence.
"Jesus said 'let the children come to me." Designed and executed by John Brock, Dunedin, c. 1954. Commerorating the young people of the parish. Signed left lower base W.A. Raffills & Sons, Dunedin.
Faith and Fortitude. Designed and executed by John W. Brock, Dunedin c. 1950.
To the memory of those who gave their lives in the Wars 1914- 1918 and 1939 - 1945
Christ and the Women of Samaria at the wall / The Good Shepherd. In memory of the Very Rev. Adam Begg, M.A. First minister 1918 -1933 & Mrs Begg. [Margaret J. Begg died in 6th Oct.1945 and is buried in the Timaru Cemetery with her husband Rev. A. Begg died 17th Jan.1947.] This beautiful 1954 John Brock window, the Good Shepherd, similar to a 1952 window at St. Andrew's in Geraldine. (opens in a new window) Designed and executed by John W. Brock, Dunedin c. 1954. John Brock (1889-1973) was b. in Surrey, ENG. he took an apprentice at James Powell at age 15 and worked there until 1912 then went to Melbourne. By 1913 he was in Dunedin.
This stone was laid to the glory of God by
G.T. Dawson, Esq.
Dec. 11, 1926.
Rev. A. Begg, M.A.
Timaru Herald, 14 February 1918, Page 3
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HIGHFIELD.
THE NEW MINISTER. At a meeting of the Southland Presbytery the following motion of appreciation was passed:—"The Rev. Adam Begg, M.A., having accepted a call to the congregation of Highfield, Timaru, the Presbytery desires to express its cordial appreciation of Mr Begg's Christian character and work. For six years Mr Begg has occupied the charge of Wallacetown, and has carried on efficiently the full tale of ministerial work in a well-organised congregation. Testimony has been borne from time to time as to the high standard of Mr Begg's pulpit ministrations, his constant labours among the young in the Bible classes and in the Sunday Schools, maintained in different sections of the parish, while the interest in missions has been promoted by an active branch of the P.W.M.U. Mr Begs always kept in sympathetic touch with his people by his labours as pastor, visiting his congregation, and especially the sick, the aged, and the infirm. The relations, between pastor, office-bearers, and people were in every way cordial and hearty.
Timaru Herald, 25 November 1916, Page 6 HIGHFIELD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
A highly successful sale of work was held in the Highfield Church on Thursday afternoon, in aid of the Organ fund. Proceedings commenced with the National Anthem, after which the Rev. Mr Cooper said the sale of work was to clear off the debt on the organ. He also thanked Mr James Craigie, M.P. for consenting to declare the sale of work open. Mr Craigie expressed his great pleasure at being invited. He remembered the Highfield district in 1867, when it was a wilderness of tussocks, and the only house between Stafford Street and Otipua Road was that of "Parson"' Foster. It was no longer a wilderness, but a thriving residential quarter of the town. He congratulated them on their fine church and hoped the district would continue to prosper and the church become too small for it. He had pleasure in declaring the sale open. The following conducted the various stalls
Flower and Pot Plant Stall Messrs T. Baker, J.W. Thompson, Walters and G. Dawson.
Produce Stall — Mesdames G. Tenant and J. Ell's.
Refreshment Stall — Mesdsames - A. Irvine, J.W. Thompson, G. Robertson, G. Dawson, H. Marshall, J. McLeod, L Waddell, Misses Hide and McPhedran.
Christmas Tree, Toy Bazaar and Bran Tub - Misses R. Waddell and H. Knowles.
Art Stall — Misses M. Waddell, E. Thompson and B. Elliott
Work-Stall — Mesdames Waddell, Fletcher, Donnelly and Cooner.
Sweets, Ice Cream and Drink Stall — Mesdames T. Baker and L. Cornwall, Misses R Waddell and W. O'Connor retailed flowers about the church.
Timaru Herald, 25 August 1919, Page 11
At the annual meeting of the congregation of the Highfield Presbyterian Church last Wednesday evening there was a fair attendance. The minister, Rev. A. Begg, presided. communicant membership of the congregation had increased from 95 to 99. There had been fourteen baptisms, three marriages and five funerals. The present deacons are:—Messrs W. Barney, F. H. Dephoff, H. Hay, T. Hutcheon J. Sutherland (Highfield), G. Selbie (Claremont), R. Arras, A.G. Hart (Rosewill), and R. R. Browne (Washdyke.).
Timaru Herald, 26 September 1919, Page 6 Marriage
COCKROFT—WADDELL. On September 3rd, at Highfield Presbyterian Church, Timaru, by the Rev. W. W. Brown, of East Taieri, assisted by Rev. A. Begg, Eric Arthur, third son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Cockroft, Georgetown, Invercargill, to Marion Noble, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs John Waddell, Sealy Street, Timaru.
Timaru Herald, 20 August 1913, Page 9
The re-opening services in connection with the Highfield Presbyterian Church were conducted on Sunday, August 17, at 3 p.m. by Rev. A. M. Caldwell, and at 6.30 p.m. by Rev. George King (Moderator of Timaru Presbytery). The day was beautifully fine and largo congregations greeted the preachers. The building was crowded in the afternoon when the Rev. A. M. Caldwell took for his text —1. Timothy i, 15, gave a stirring address, and was listened to with rapt attention. His address was much appreciated by the large congregation. The Rev. George King also had a splendid congregation at the evening service, when he took for his text —Ezekiel xlvii, 9. Mr King's address was rich in thought and his illustrations concerning the Christian Church were much enjoyed. ...The building was freely commented on during the function and found admirers on every hand. The alterations were designed by Mr Harold Broadhead (architect), and the whole now presents an attractive appearance. The windows are of Gothic design, and give the building more of a church appearance than formerly. The structure is surmounted by a graceful tower, in which the bell is hung. The fittings and general arrangements of the interior are in good taste and well contrived. A commodious vestry for the choir and Sunday School work is provided, and the building is constructed to .seat with ease 250 persons. The entire cost of the enlargements has reached the sum of £330. Towards this the congregations, together with friends hi the district and the Chalmers congregation have provided £200. The contractor for the building was Mr John Broadhead, who has carried out his work in a manner that is deserving of great praise. The painting was in the capable hands of J. and R. Home, who have done their work in a most efficient manner. The plumbing has been carried out by Messrs Hunt and Currie, and in every department the work has reflected credit upon the workmen. Much spiritual good of a permanent character is anticipated from this church building movement. Everyone is full of hope, expectation, and brightness. As a community the people of Highfield have shown a fervent and reverent, love for the house of God, and now, under brighter conditions, a larger attendance at public worship may be confidently expected.
This window commemorating the faithful service of the women of this congregation was dedicated by Mrs Alison Linscott moderator- elect of the Presbytery of South Canterbury, Easter 1995.
The Presbyterian Archive's
Knox College, Arden Street, Dunedin
St.Paul Church, Timaru First Girls Bible Class. Studio Portrait Of The First (Girl's) Bible Class at St. Paul, Highfield, Timaru; Incl. (Left To Right):
-Back Row: _ ; Beckett; Sutherland; Waddell; Flanagan.
-2nd Row : Hume; Scott; Dawson; O'Conner; Knowles; Youdale.
-Front Row : Sutherland; Donnelly.
Photo: 'Havelock/Williams', Timaru
Studio Portrait Of The St. Paul's, Highfield (Timaru), Ministers & Office-Bearers ;
- Including (Left To Right) :
-Back Row: T.E. Chapman; E.A. Maxwell; C. Nixon; R. Hart; R. Cunningham; GE Paterson.
-3rd Row: CS Gordon; B. Arras; J. Freeman; E. Winnington; RS Nicol; WS Curr; A. Heron; A. McKirdy.
-2nd Row: S. Browne; D. McIlroy; J. Robertson; W. Davie; GL Murray; W. Honeywell; P. Nicol.
-Front Row: W. Renton; J. Smith; G.T. Dawson; Rev. Adam C. Begg; J. McLeod; S. Cunningham; J. Dunn.
May 1928 Studio Portrait Of Members Of Timaru Presbytery ; Including (Left To Right) :
-Back Row: Arthur Ward; R. Taylor; Rev. FR Charman; Mr JC Hay; Mr S. Browne; ER Kingsbury.
-2nd Row: Rev. Alexander McNeur; W. Brown; Rev. A. Alexander; AG Crossman; W. Reid; T. Archibald; AR Botting; WH Walton.
-Front Row: J. Henderson; Rev. William McNeur; Rev. T. Stinson; Rev. CG Wilcox (Moderator); Rev. AC Begg (Clerk); Rev. WF Nichol; Rev. HR Fell.
Cruickshank, May (ed) The Story of St. Paul's Highfield,
Timaru (1967), 32 pages
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