St. Andrew's is the oldest English-speaking congregation of Scottish origin
in Canada. The congregation began in the year 1759. The church building
was erected in 1810, the Kirk Hall (the site of the oldest English School
in the Province of Quebec) in 1829, and the Manse in 1837. A few feet from
the manse and Kirk Hall stands the building now owned by the Literary and
Historical Society and which housed Morrin College, an arts and theological
college of our church between 1862 and 1902. Some would say that this is
the chief historical site of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
The congregation is also known for two of its famous ministers: Dr.
Alexander Spark, an eccentric but exceptionally
brilliant man, who ministered here from 1784 until 1819, and Dr.
John Cook, Minister from 1836 until 1883. Dr.
Cook was the first Moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (when
the four Presbyterian bodies in Canada united), and also served as a Principal
and later Chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and Principal
of Morrin College from its formation in 1862 until the time of his death.
The front entrance to St. Andrew's Church is located on a street named
after him. It may be hard to believe that there actually is a street in
Old Quebec named after a Presbyterian Minister but in fact such is the
The inner design of the church is unusual. The church is a rectangle with
a large pulpit on the side rather than at the end, with a prominent communion
table in front of the pulpit. The organ is in the gallery, formerly occupied
by the Governor (in a time before there was an organ in the church) facing
the pulpit. The congregation is gathered around the pulpit facing it, but
also on both sides. There are also balconies at each end. The building
gives the illusion of being small, however it can easily seat well over
The congregation is no longer large, most in the English community long
since having left Quebec City and the province. Those who remain however
enjoy both the city and the province and find great joy in being here.
The congregation is pleased to include French Canadian members who are
happy to be part of the St. Andrew's family.
The services can fairly be described as traditional Presbyterian. Our
organist works hard at presenting the best music of the church well-played
each Sunday. Likewise the minister works hard at presenting biblical, thought-provoking
sermons that exalt Christ. The main reason for our existence is the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. In an age of relativism we continue to affirm that we
believe the Gospel because it is true.
We would be glad to have you visit us!