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TheF. W.Howay
and R. L. Reid
Collection of Canadiana  Ml
"St. Patrick's Cathedral" An
Historical Sketch
Richmond Presbyterian
Marpole, B.C.
Prepared by
the Session, and published by its authority
JUNE 1925 Table  of Contents.
Preface and Dedication  |    5
Earliest History of the Congregation      6
The Church on Sea Island  ~  10
The Mainland Church   13
Honour Roll    14
Managing Board  19
Women's Missionary Society   19
Willing Hearts' Mission Band   20
Young Women's Auxiliary   22
Choir   :  23
Sabbath School   24
Ladies' Aid Society   26
Young People's Social Club   28
The Boys' Brigade   30
Greetings from Former Ministers   32
A Word of Thanks '.  38
Page Four Preface and Dedication.
THIS little volume has been written for the purpose of preserving the history of a congregation that has contributed
to a large extent in building up the cause of righteousness
in a new land.
The early history of Richmond Presbyterian Church occurred
at a time when the country was in the process of its natural formation, and when the higher ideals of life were ever threatened
by their material surroundings, and when it required a strong
courage to stand up for the things that count.
But those early settlers from the Old Land and Eastern Canada brought with them the traditions of their church, and their
early religious training, and maintained their cherished beliefs,
often times in opposition, in disappointment and discouragement;
but they created an atmosphere that sweetened the life of the community, and made B. C. a better place to live in. Many of them
have passed away, but their work remains, and to their memory
this volume is dedicated.
 £>. ^ (^A^^-A^
Moderator of Session.
Page  Tvst Earliest History of the Congregation.
RICHMOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH is one of the oldest congregations on the mainland of British Columbia. The
district in which the original church was built on Sea Island
enjoys the proud distinction of being the first point on the mainland at which the Gospel was preached by a Presbyterian minister. The Rev. John Hall, the pioneer Presbyterian missionary
in B. C, landed at Victoria in April, 1861/ and about one month
later visited the mainland. Here he held the first service in the
mainland district in the house of Mr. Hugh McRoberts, on what
is now the property of Mr. T. Laing, on Sea Island. Rev. Mr.
Hall was sent out to Canada by the Presbyterian Church of Ireland.
I Rev. Robert ja^iesonSAj
Rev. Robert Jamieson came to the West in 1862. He was the
first minister in the province labouring under the Presbyterian
Church in Canada. It is interesting to observe that he was sent
out to British Columbia by the Foreign Missions Committee of the
Canadian Church. Mr. Jamieson was early stationed in New Westminster, but until 1878 preached often to the Richmond community.
Page Six The Presbytery of British Columbia, under the Scottish
Church, was formed in 1875, and continued until the Presbytery of
Columbia was organized in 1886 by the Canadian Presbyterian
Church. In 1892 was formed the Synod of B. C, with four constituent Presbyteries—viz., Calgary, Kamloops, Westminster, and
Vancouver Island.
The church on Sea Island was not built until the year 1886.
To begin with, services were conducted in private houses and continued to be so held until the building known as the "Methodist
Church" was constructed by community effort about the year 1871.
This structure stood near the river bank on the mainland, a few
yards to the east of the present bridge leading to Sea Island. During these early years services were very frequently held in the
house built by Fitzgerald and Samuel McCleery, on the bank of
the river, about two miles below the Sea Island bridge. Because
of the Irish nationality of its owners, this building was jocularly
named Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Both Saint Patrick's Cathedral
and the Methodist Church were shared by Anglicans, Methodists
and Presbyterians.
House of Mr. Hugh McBoberts, Sea Island
The following ministers of these three denominations conducted public worship in the parish comprising Sea Island and the
lower mainland prior to the erection of Richmond Presbyterian
Church: Messrs. Basket (A), Blanchard, Bryant (M.), Derrick
(M.), Ditcham (A.), Alex. Dunn (P.), Ewen, Hall (M.), Holden,
Robert Jamieson (P.), Knox McElmon (P.), McGregor (P.), McKay (P.), McLeod (P), Newton (A.), Owen (A.), Pierce, Rob-
son (M.), Russ, Bishop Sillitoe (A.), Smyth, Thompson (M.), T
G. Thompson (P.), Turner (M.), Watson, White (M.), and
Wood (M.).
(A.) Anglican.    (M.)  Methodist.    (P.)  Presbyterian.
Page  Sevtn The late Rev. Alexander Dunn, D.D., shortly before his death
on April 10th, 1925, generously contributed the following account
of pioneer missionary journeys made by himself in these early days
to the settlement on the North Arm.
"In the beginning of the summer of 1878 I held my first services
at North Arm in the Methodist Church there, which was situated
on the mainland, on the bank of the river, and to which the entire
congregation came either by rowboat or canoe. There was no
roaod leading to the church.
"Of that Sunday morning, calm and balmy—of that picturesque
scene—cedars and firs of immense stature, with their vivid green
foliage in the background—the majestic Fraser, silently rolling
along its torrent by Lulu and Sea Islands—the extraordinary wealth
of vegetation along its banks, and the strong, sweet scent of wild
roses—the pleasant looking little church standing a few yards from
the river—the healthy, happy faces of the people as boat-load after
boat-load was landed—I say of that Sunday morning and of that
interesting and attractive scene I still have a clear and happy re-
"At the service adherents of different denominations were present, North of Ireland Presbyterians predominating. As might be
expected, there was a good deal of chaffing in subdued tones while
the boats were being tied up. I say in subdued tones, for they
could not know whether their jokes might be considered timely by
the new minister.
"Once in church all looked serious and expectant. The singing of Psalms and Paraphrases was general and hearty. The eager
faces and the devout appearance of these men and women, who
were unmistakably persons of a superior class, encouraged the
preacher, and made preaching pleasureable.
"If the first settlers had peculiar hardships, they also had peculiar pleasures. Only the earliest settlers fully fathomed the depths
of that feeling of loneliness which stole over the heart, when,
hemmed in on every side by the forest primeval, they thought of
the broad continent and the broad sea which separated them from
their native land and loved ones there. And only the first settlers
experienced the peculiar joy which came to them, when in the far-
off land, in a church building, however humble, they could, after
the manner of their fathers, worship God. Passages of Scripture,
familiar from childhood, came home to them with fresh power and
appeared singularly appropriate to their changed surroundings.
The very Psalms sounded sweeter on a foreign soil.
"For three years the missionary stationed at Langley gave
supply to North Arm every third Sunday; and singular to relate,
he never once failed to keep his appointment during these years.
On several occasions, ice on the river prevented his going to Maple
Ridge, only five miles from Langley; but on the North Arm, Sundays, as it always happened, the river was open.
Page Eight "In summer, the journey was pleasant enough, if tedious.    In
winter, during cold, rainy weather it was the reverse.
"Let me here give a brief account of a journey to North Arm
in January, 1879; and from one learn of others. To ensure' an
early start on Saturday morning, my boatman, Robbie Robertson,
came from Whonnock to Hudson Bay Company's farm, Langley
(where I then lived) on Friday evening. Breakfasting before daylight, at early dawn we set out for Fort Langley (3 miles), carrying coats, etc., needed for warmth and protection. The distance
from point of commencement to North Arm was from 33 to 35
miles, according to location of respective stopping places. In New
Westminster we had dinner at the 'Farmers' Home,' kept by a most
worthy couple, Mr. and Mrs. James Turnbull; and almost immediately afterwards the journey
was resumed. In the short days,
North Arm was seldom reached
with daylight. If the tide was
going out good speed was made;
if coming in, progress was' laboured and slow. On the day
referred to, we got to the point
opposite to the house of Messrs.
Robson and Smith, which was
situated on the bank of an ugly
slough, between 6 and 7 o'clock
p.m. The tide was out; it was
very dark; it was raining; and
a cold wind was blowing from
the east. Robbie, who was wearing long boots, insisted on packing me to the bank. I, somewhat unwillingly consented, fearing the result. He got along only Hugh Boyd
a few steps when he stuck in the mud and fell. I was then obliged
to wade and crawl through the slimy mud till I got on to solid
ground.   Our figures as we appeared in the lamp light, must have
Page Nine been provocative of laughter, but our hosts succeeded in restraining merriment, and proceeded at once to get us change of garments and something to eat. Under the influence of the cup that
cheers, we ourselves soon became merry over our struggle in the
mud—a struggle which, if not serious, was nevertheless calculated
to test the temper.
"On the following morning the rain was heavier and the wind
stronger. Messrs. Robson and Smith endeavoured to dissuade us
from going to church, assuring us that no one would be there in
such a wild day. We went, notwithstanding, and on arriving at
the meeting place we found one man waiting, who, fearing the big
breakers on the river, with his boat had had a tough tramp through
the bush, not without danger either, owing to the violence of the
gale. He said: T supposed you would be here as usual, else I
would not have come out on such a tempestuous day.' Soon the
doors were opened, a fire made, and the service went on as formerly, even to the taking up of the collection, which amounted to
five dollars. The man alluded to was Fitzgerald McCleery. He
and his brother, Samuel, were and continued to be generous supporters of the Presbyterian Church in that locality. Others did
nobly: they excelled in Christian liberality.
"In the afternoon the wind moderated, but the rain continued,
and in the evening New Westminster ;vas reached safely, if not
in comfort."
The Church on Sea Island.
ON  Sunday,  July 4th,  1886,  the  newly-erected  Presbyterian
Church on Sea Island was opened for the worship of God
by services, morning and evening, at which the Rev. Robert
Jamieson officiated.
On August 8th of the same year the Presbyterian Church in
Vancouver was  dedicated,  and  Richmond  Presbyterian  Church,
%„   along with Vancouver, was formed
I   into a single charge, ministered to
by   Rev.   T.   G.   Thompson.     In
Richmond    congregation    in    this
year there were 18 families and a
total   church   membership   of  26;
I   the Session was made up of two
■   elders  from  Richmond,  Mr.  Fitzgerald   McCleery   and  .Mr. Hugh
Boyd, and three elders from Vancouver, Messrs. W. T. Findlay, E.
Saunders   and   J.. W.   Dalgleish.
These men were inducted July 5th,
Mr. McCleery and his two brothers,    Samuel    and    John,    were
among the earliest settlers on the *
lower Fraser.    The home of Mr.
*age Ten
Fitzgerald McCleery, presided over by himself and his charming, devoted wife, situated across the
Fraser from the west end of Sea Island, dispensed for many years
a generous hospitality to stranger and settler alike. Mr. Boyd,
like Mr. McCleery, a native of Ireland, made a home for himself
on Sea Island and became the first warden of Richmond when the
Municipality was incorporated in 1880, and subsequently held the
office of Reeve from 1881 to 1885. He and his wife are still living
in Belfast, where they recently celebrated their golden wedding.
It is interesting to notice, in view of. the changed condition of
things to-day, that the Vancouver congregation, which was the
only church in the city at that time, had only 50 families, with a
total church membership of 63, i. e., a little more than twice the
size of Richmond congregation at that time.
In this same year, 1886, the
church building, which still
stands near the old manse on
Sea Island, was put up at a
cost of $1,665.00. The minister of the combined charges
received a stipend of one
thousand two hundred dollars.
As already indicated, the
Presbytery of Westminster
was not formed until 1892, so
that for the first few years
of its existence Richmond
congregation belonged to the
Presbytery of Columbia,
which embraced all the Presbyterian preaching stations in
British Columbia.
On March 2nd, 1887, Presbytery received and granted
a petition from Vancouver for
separation from Richmond,
which received a grant of
$350.00 from the Church
Home Mission funds to enable
it to carry on. Mr. David
Reid was appointed student
months, beginning
by Rev. Tames C<
The Chi
missionary  on  the
work on March 25th, 1887
rmack, who remained for i
under  the   Home  Mission  Committee,  resio
health in September, 1888.   Under Mr. Co rmack, a preaching station at Steveston was added to the work of the congregation.
field for three
was succeeded
* as missionary
because of  ill—
Page   Eleven Three new
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1 annual
In this
a cc
St  (
_i $1,371
lucted i
,aren preac
the mi
* elders were elected on July 22nd, 1888—Messrs.
e, Duncan Macdonald and Duncan Smith.
6th, 1889, Richmond became an augmented charge
I grant of $300.00 from the Church Augmentation
year the manse was erected beside the church at
1.00. A call extended by the congregation to Rev.
of Spallumacheen, was accepted, and Mr. Jaffary
n the church on August 6th, 1889. Rev. E. D.
hed the sermon, Rev. Alex. Tait, of Langley, ad-
:nister, and Rev.  W   R.  Ross, of Chilliwack, .the
The membership of Richmond church had now grown from 26
to 42; a Sunday School was organized with 12 children attending.
The congregation continued to prosper under the three years of
Mr. Jaffary's ministry. A second preaching station, viz., that
at South Arm, was added to the church's work. In March, 1891,
the congregation was able to refund $25.00 of the augmentation
grant for the previous six months, and undertook to raise its own
budget. Since that time Richmond has been a self-sustaining congregation.
Mr. Jaffary ministered to the charge until July, 1892, and
was succeeded by Rev. James Buchanan, whose induction took
place on February 17th, 1893, Rev. A. C. Manson, of New Westminster, preaching the sermon; Rev. George R. Maxwell, of First
Church, Vancouver, addressing the minister; and Rev. J. M.
McLeod, of Zion Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, the congregation. The number of communicants on the roll had now increased
to 57, and there were 30 children enrolled in the Sabbath School.
Under Mr. Buchanan, considerable attention was given to the question of systematic giving, and the congregation attained the enviable distinction of being the largest contributor to the Church
funds in the whole of Canada in proportion to its membership.
The number of Sabbath School scholars increased from 30 to 45.
Page Twelvi The ministry of Mr. Buchanan ended on 4th February, 1896.
On December 22nd of the same year the induction took place of
Rev. A. E. Camp, on which occasion the sermon was preached
by Rev. Adam Jamieson; Rev. J. M. McLeod addressed the minister; and Rev. J. S. Gordon, of Mt. Pleasant Church, Vancouver,
the congregation. Mr. Camp's ministry was of very short duration, lasting only a little over two months. On March 2nd, 1897,
he resigned, and on July 6th a call was extended to Rev. John A.
Logan, of Cumberland, Vancouver Island. The call was accepted,
and on August 17th, 1897, the induction service took place. Rev.
Thomas Scouler, of New Westminster, preached the sermon; Rev.
W. Meikle, of First Church, Vancouver, addressed the minister;
and Rev. J. M. McLeod, the congregation.
Rev. Dr. Logan ministered to the congregation for 12 years,
until, on the organization of Westminster Hall, he was appointed
Financial Agent of that institution in July, 1908. This period,
1897-1908, was one of considerable increase in population in the
district and of a quiet, uninterrupted prosperity among the people
of Lulu and Sea Islands and the lower mainland. The church
reflects this growth in the increase in membership during these
years. In 1897 there were 49 names on the communion roll; in
1908 there were 95; while the Sabbath School grew in the same
period from 45 to 75. On November 4th, 1900, Mr. Alex. Duff,
Mr. Thomas Laing and Mr. Hugh Macarthur were duly added to
the Session.
In 1902 the Presbyterians of Steveston and the farming community on the South Arm of the Fraser, who had previously been
ministered to by Richmond church, became a separate Mission
charge. In 1906 the church at South Arm was built, and Rev. W.
M. Burton was settled as missionary in charge. Three years later,
in 1909, South Arm and Steveston became an augmented charge,
with Rev. William Ross as minister. Meantime a new charge, viz.,
Riverview, on the North Arm of the Fraser, was placed under the
care of Richmond church. Here services were conducted by Dr.
Logan for some years until it too became a Mission field, and in
October, 1911, the field was organized into a congregation, with
Rev. R. McKay as minister
The Mainland Church.
Rev. J. H. White, of Ladner, was called to succeed Rev. Dr.
Logan, and ministered to the congregation until his appointment
as Army Chaplain in 1915, when he was attached, with the rank
of Captain, to the 54th Canadian Infantry Battalion, with which
he proceeded to France in 1916. Capt. White continued on active
service until the Armistice. The congregation meanwhile remained
without a settled minister until February, 1917, when Rev. E. G.
Thompson, of Knox Church, Sapperton, received and accepted a
Page   Thirteen Honour Roll.
Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice.
'To you from failing hands we throw the torch.
Page Fourteen Many important changes took place under Mr. White's ministry. The district on the mainland adjoining Sea Island shared
in the development of Vancouver. A number of new - industrial
plants were established on the North Arm, and a marked increase
in population followed. Some of the older members of the congregation had always resided on the mainland, others now. moved
there, and many Presbyterians had lately come into the locality.
For a time the regular evening service of Richmond church was
held in the Oddfellows' Hall. At length it was decided that the
. old church building was no longer sufficiently central to the majority
of members of the congregation, and the present edifice was constructed in 1911 at a cost of $5,000.00. . The corner-stone was
laid by Messrs. Fitzgerald McCleery and Thomas Mackie on June
11th, 1911, and special dedication services'" were held in the new
building on September 16th, 1911. The manse on Adera Street
was built in the same year at a cost of $3,800.00. The land on
which the manse is situated was donated by a member of the congregation.
Under the Rev. Mr. White, Richmond congregation grew from
62 families and 95 church members in 1909 to 120 families and
161 church members in 1914. At the same time the number of
Sabbath School scholars increased from 75 to 132 j The minister's
stipend was increased from $1,000.00 to $1,200.00] On May 13th,
1911,.Messrs. R. E. Clugston, James McCreath and J. Usher were
added to the eldership, and on March 18th. 1914, the roll of Session was further enlarged by the addition of Dr. W. B. McKechnie,
Mr. W. M. McKenzie and Mr. W. C. Lawrance.
During the eight years of Rev. Mr. Thompson's ministry the
congregation and Sabbath School have again doubled in numbers, the number of names on the communion roll at present being
297, compared with 145 in 1917, and the number of scholars in
attendance at Sabbath School being 320, as against 125 in 1917.
In 1923 an excellent pipe organ was installed at a cost of $2)500.00,
all of which sum was raised by the church by special contributions. In keeping with the growth of the congregation, the Session was increased as follows: Mr. A. McGillivray, March 29th,
1918; Messrs. A. DesBrisay and H. T. Logan, January 7th, 1921;
and Messrs. J. MatKeson and J. R. Ross, January 9th, 1925.
It is interesting at this time to review the financial side of
the congregation's life. The church has always been liberal in
its givings. In 1887 the total amount raised by the congregation
for all purposes was $561.00. There were at this time 25 families in the congregation, so that this sum represents an average
per family of $22.44. In 1920, when the number of families had
increased nearly tenfold, the total givings, exclusive of the Forward Movement, amounted to $5,792.00, or $23.18 per family. In
this year the congregation, Young People's Society and Sabbath
School contributed $4,300.00 to the Forward Movement, making
a total of $10,092.00 raised by the congregation for all purposes.
Page Fifteen The church has never been in debt for long. The original church
building on Sea Island was paid for when built in 1886, as was
also the first manse in 1889. The present church property and
manse, valued at $21,000.00, are free of debt.
Of the eight ordained ministers who have served the cause
of Christ in this congregation, all save one, still survive. Rev.
T. G. Thompson, the first pastor, died in 1911. The following
appreciation of his work is taken from the minutes of the General
Assembly for 1912:—
"The Synod (of Montreal and Ottawa) desires to place on
record the loss sustained by the Church in the death of the Rev.
T. G. Thompson. Mr. Thompson, after studying in Glasgow University, came to this country and finished his course in Knox College. Not many years after his ordination the call came to him to
take up Mission work in Vancouver. This he accepted, and to him
belongs the honour of organizing the first Presbyterian Church in
the Western city. Coming back East, he laboured in Waterdown,
Hamilton, Vankleek Hill and Westboro. Mr. Thompson possessed excellent gifts for the work of the ministry, and these he
used with great diligence in the charges where he was stationed.
Personally he was a man of genial character, ever cordial towards
his brethren and ever ready to take his share of Presbyterial work.
The Synod extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved widow and
son, and commend them in their sorrow to the God of all consolation and help."
Of the other ministers, Mr. Cormack is settled at Lake Me-
gantic, Quebec; Mr. Jaffary is Provincial Librarian at Edmonton;
Mr. Buchanan is Convenor of the Assembly's Joint Sub-committee
of the Aged and Infirm Ministers' Fund and the Ministers' Widows'
and Orphans' Fund, in Toronto; Mr. Camp is living in Boise,
Idaho; Dr. Logan is Registrar, Librarian and Lecturer in Westminster Hall; Mr. White is pastor of Saint Columba Church,
Of the nineteen who have filled the office of elder, three have
been called by death, viz., Mr. Thomas Mackie, Mr. Fitzgerald
McCleery, and Mr. Duncan McDonald. There have moved away
from the vicinity and so been removed from the Session: Mr.
Hugh Boyd, Mr. Duncan Smith, Mr. Alex. Duff, and Dr. W. B,
Page. Sixteen Ministers and Elders Who Have Held Office in the
*Rev. T. G. Thompson, M.A  1885
Mr. David Reid March 25th, 1887
Rev. James Cormack, B.A 1887 to September, 1888
Rev. J. A. Jaffray, B.A August 6th, 1889, to July, 1892
Rev. Jas. Buchanan, M.A February 17th, 1893, to Feb. 4th, 1896
Rev. A. E. Camp, B.A December 22nd, 1896, to March 2nd, 1897
Rev. J. A. Logan, D.D August 17th, 1897, to July, 1909
Rev. (Capt.) J. H. White, M.A 1909 to 1915
Rev. E. G. Thompson, M.A February. 1917,	
*F. McCleery  July 5th, 1885
Hugh  Boyd   - July 5th, 1885
*Thomas Mackie  July 22nd, 1888
*Dunean McDonald  July 22nd, 1888
Duncan Smith  July 22nd, 1888
Alex. Duff  November 4th, 1900
Thomas Laing  November 4th, 1900
Hugh Macarthur  November 4th, 1900
R. E. Clugston  May 13th, 1911
James McCreath  May 13th, 1911
J. Usher  May 13th, 1911
Dr. W. B. McKechnie  March 1st, 1914
W. M.  McKenzie   March 1st, 1914
W. T.'Lawrance March 1st, 1914
A.  MacGillivray   March 29th, 1918
A.   DesBrisay   January 7th, 1921
H.  T.  Logan   January 7th, 1921
J. Matheson  January 9th, 1925
J. R. Ross January 9th, 1925
* Deceased.
Page Seventeen Present Church and Mans
Page Eighteen Managing Board.
THE congregation have been fortunate in the personnel of
its various Managing Boards, and the thanks  of the congregation is due to these splendid men who gave of their
time and energy towards promoting the business efficiency of the
Among those who served on the Board during the earlier hisr
tory of the congregation were: Messrs. D. McDonald, D. Smith,
W. Mackie, A. Lahore, T. Laing, J. Miller, D. McMillan, W.
Williamson, W. M. McKenzie, H. McArthur, D. Rowan, F. McCleery
Capt. W. F. Stewart, and possibly other men, whom for the moment we are unable to recall to memory. Unfortunately the records
covering the earlier period of our congregation are missing, and
so we are unable to give the names and term of office of the various
Boards' chairmen.
Those holding office since 1914, the earliest date of available
records, are as follows:—
R. Sanderson  1914
R. E. Clugston  1915
W. C. Lawrance   1916
S. Churchill ;   1917
j   W. Abernethy   1918-1919
f. A. Matthews   1920
J. H   Matheson   1921
T. Reid   1922-1923
J. R. Rattray   1924
Women's Missionary Society*
THE Women's Missionary Society of the congregation was
first organized in Eburne on June 28th, 1898, at a meeting
held in the old manse on Sea Island. Mrs. Scouler, widow
of the late Rev. Thos. Scouler, of New Westminster, attended and
organized the Society. The officers elected at this time were as
follows: Mrs. J. A. Logan, President; Mrs. W. F. Stewart, First
Vice-President; Mrs. Jas. Mellis, Second Vice-President; Miss
Lynn, Secretary;   Miss McLeod, Treasurer.
The Society began with a membership of 12, and now numbers 36. The first box of clothing for the Mission field was put
Up and despatched to Alberni in December, 1898. The Society
has always received the whole-hearted support of the ladies of the
Page  Nineteen congregation, who have given generously of their time and substance to further the work of Christ among the Mission fields of
the Church. The largest thank-offering collection was taken on
Oct. 28th, 1924, when the sum received amounted to $303.00.
The following have held office in the Society:—
Mrs. J. A   Logan 1898-1907    Mrs   W. B. McKechnie....
Mrs. D. McDonald 1907-1914  1916-1920
Mrs. A. MacGillivray..l914-1916     Mrs. E. Lytle  1920-	
Miss Lynn 1898-1899 Miss G. McCleery 1905-1907
Miss A. Mellis  1899-1900 Mrs   W. F. Stewart-1907-1917
Miss E. McCleery  1900T902 Mrs. W. M. McKenzie..l917-1922
Miss A. Mellis  1902-1905 Mrs. G. Richards 1922-	
Miss McLeod  1898-1900 Mrs. R. E. Clugstom.1908-1910
Mrs   Duff  1900-1901 Mrs. Jos. Miller  1910-1915
Mrs. D. McDonald 1901-1904 Mrs   R. E. Clugston.,1915-1919
Miss B. Gordon 1904-1905 Mrs. A. Lowrie  1919-1920
Miss L. McCleery 1905-1907 Mrs. W. A   Hayes 1920-1921
Miss A. Mellis  1907-1908 Mrs. Jas. McCreath.„.1921-	
Willing Hearts' Mission Band.
IN pursuance of a resolution passed by the W. F. M. S., sixteen
young people of the congregation gathered at the manse on
July 17th, 1900, and were formed into a Mission Band by the
then President of the W. F. M. S., Mrs. J. A. Logan. It was
agreed that this circle of workers be called the Willing Hearts'
Mission Band. Officers were elected as follows: President, Miss
Eva McCleery (Mrs. H. B. Barton); Secretary, Miss Bessie McLeod; Treasurer, Miss Jennie McCleery (Mrs. James)..
The membership was open to both boys and girls of the congregation. Two meetings were held each month, one as a sewing
and work meeting, the other for the study of selected Mission
fields of the Church. In the first year the girls made a patchwork
quilt, the boys prepared scrap-books, and these, along with other
things of use, were sent to the Alberni Mission. Each year the
Mission Band sent a box of quilts, dressed dolls, scrap-books, clothing, etc., to one of the Indian stations in British Columbia.
Page Twenty The following extract, taken from a letter from Mr. H. W.
Vander Veen, of Uclulet, shows how much the efforts of the boys
and girls were appreciated: "The bale arrived safely, and I was
very pleased with the contents, as it made Santa Claus able to play
his role. I only wish that all who were interested in the packing
of the bale could have seen the pleasure derived from it when the
distribution was made. I am sure that if you had been present
you would all have felt that any self-denial that may have been
necessary in the giving of so much was fully re-paid by the pleasure
that the children enjoyed."
Many Mission fields of the Church were studied—e. g., Korea,
China, Central India, Formosa, as well as Missions in various parts
of Canada. In 1906, Dr. Margaret MacKellar, of Central India,
sent a report of her work there to the Mission Band, and in the
following year a letter was received from Miss Leach, from the
same field, describing her life and work among the people of India. In this earlier period of its career, the Mission Band received
the helpful co-operation of a number of ladies of the W. M. S.,
among whom may be mentioned Miss Amy Mellis (Mrs. C. R.
Bennett), Mrs. J. A. Logan, Mrs. M. R. Wells.
After a lapse of some years the Mission Band was reorganized
under the guidance of Miss Ilia McKenzie (Mrs. R. Miller) and
Miss Jennie Simpson, who gave of their best efforts to make it
the success that it is. The first meeting was held on November
25th, 1923, with a membership of 26. During the past year,
1924-25, the membership has numbered 32. The meetings are
still devoted, as formerly, to the study of Missions and active work
for the benefit of Missions. This splendid task of training our
younger young people in Missionary study and work is deserving
of the highest commendation.
The following have held office in the Willing Hearts' Mission
Miss Eva McCleery 1900    Miss Clara Champion -1908
Miss  Amy  Mellis ..1901-1904    Miss Gertie Richards..l910-1911
Mrs. M. R. Wells 1906-1907     Miss Irene Clugston....l923-	
Miss Evelyn McKenzie 1923     Miss Annabel Simpson 1924
Miss Alma  Simpson 1925
Miss Bessie McLeod 1900    Miss A. Macarthur ....1906-1908
Miss  Annie  Nicoll 1901     Miss   Irene  White 1910
Miss Dolly McRae 1902     Miss Minnie MacDonald 1911
Miss M. Macarthur....l903-1904    Miss M. Clugston 1923-1924
Miss Lilian Ramsay 1925
Page  Twenty-one Treasurer.
Miss Jennie McCleery 1900    Miss Jennie Burns 1906-1908
Willie Logan  1901     Miss Kachel Laing 1910
Miss Annie NicolL... 1902    Miss Ethel Miller ......1911
Miss Lizzie Williamson 1903    Miss Annabel Simpson ..1923
Miss Minnie MacDonald 1904    Miss Jean Mcintosh 1924
Miss Evelyn McKenzie 1925
Young Women's Auxiliary.
IN the year 1912 the young women of the congregation were
organized to form the Young Women's Auxiliary. The work
of this Society is auxiliary to that of the W. M. S. and to the
Mission Band. The members carry on active work for Missions
and engage in the study of the Bible and of the Missionary activities of the Church. Special books have been studied, dealing with
the life and work of our Missionaries—e. g., "Women Workers of
the Orient" (1919), "The Tragedy of Quebec" (1920), "With the
Boys and Girls of Our Mission Fields" (1921).
In May, 1918,. the girls had the pleasure of hearing an address
on "the Children of China," by Mrs. Donald McGillivray; and in
1919 and again in 1921, Miss McGregor, Canadian Field Secretary,
gave interesting talks on her work in Western Canada. Meetings
of the Auxiliary have also been addressed by Mrs. D. G. McDonald,
Provincial Secretary of the W. M. S.; Mrs. T. Paton, a former
President of the Auxiliary; and others. Among the ladies of the
W. M. S. who have given invaluable help and advice to the Young
Women's Auxiliary may be mentioned Mrs. W. B. McKechnie
(now of Armstrong, B. C.) and Mrs. McKendrick.
The work of the Auxiliary has increased with the years and
considerable sums are now raised for Missions. For this purpose
an annual sale of work is held and a number of tea socials are
given during the year. The following have held office in the Young
Women's Auxiliary:
Miss Pearl McGillivray Miss Minnie McDonald
(Mrs. T. Paton)  1918        (Mrs. F. May)  .....1921
Miss Ilia McKenzie (Mrs. tv/t-     th    t\/t tt„    •                moo
R. Miller) 1919    MlSS Illa McKenzle  1922
Miss Violet Campbell (Mrs. Miss Rachel Laing  1923
Simpson)    1920    Miss Bertha Davidson 1924 Secretary.
Miss Violet Campbell  1918 Miss Ilia McKenzie ....1921-1922
Miss Martha McKechnie Misses Margaret McDonald
(Mrs. J. McLeod)  1919        and Jane Blind 1923
Miss Olive McCreath  1920    Miss Jane Blind 1924
"Miss Alix Housley ....1918-1919    Miss Jennie Simpson 1922-23
Miss Evelyn ChurchilL...1920-21    Miss Olive McCreath  1924
AT all stages in the history of the church there has been a
Choir, whether small or large, an organ or piano, and a
number of voices to lead in the service of praise, sometimes
an instrument alone with someone to play it. Among the early
organists were Miss Dora McCleery (Mrs. Harry Logan), Mrs. J.
A. Logan, Miss Amy Mellis, and Mr. E. A. Sexsmith. In the year
1910 the late John W. Abernethy undertook the leadership of the
Choir, and Miss Jean Abernethy (Mrs. Thos. Miller) took on the
duties of pianist. The devoted work of Mr. Abernethy, which continued until the time of his death in December, 1921, laid the foundation of the present Choir, and to the memory of his faithful service was dedicated the new pipe organ installed in 1922. A special
dedicatory service was held in the early part of September, 1922,
Rev. J. A. Logan, D.D., dedicating the organ, and Rev. Dr. McMillan, convener of the General Assembly's Musical Committee,
preaching the sermon.
The congregation was fortunate in securing as organist and
choir leader Mr. J. Stuart Tait, F.C.Y., under whose able direction
the worship of praise has been greatly enriched. In addition to
leading the singing in the regular services of the church, the Choir
has given a number of public concerts, which have been much appreciated by the community. The proceeds of the last concert
held were contributed towards payment of new seating accommodation for the Choir.
The present membership of the Choir is 28, made up as follows:    13 sopranos, 5 altos, 4 tenors, and 6 basses.
The officers are:
President  James Miller
Vice-President  Robert Park
Secretary William Niven
Treasurer Walter Ritchie
Librarian  John Park
Page Twenty-three r
Sabbath School,
"Except ye
become as little  children,, ye shall not enter into the
kingdom of heaven."
A SABBATH SCHOOL has always been one of the chief
organizations of the congregation. The records show that
as early as 1889, under the ministry of Mr. Jaffary, a School
was carried on with a membership of 12 scholars. Many years
previous to this, Mrs. McCleery had conducted a Sunday School
at her home for the children of the vicinity.   About the year 1895
the Sabbath School began to meet
in the public school house on Sea
Island, as this building was more
centrally located for the majority
of the children than the church.
Mr. Alexander Duff was Superintendent, assisted by workers among
whom were Mr. T. Laing, Miss
Eva McCleery, Miss Greta McCleery and Miss Emma Wood.
The work was conducted here for
some years; the School was closed
during the winter months, but continued during the remainder of
each year, sometimes in spite of
great difficulties and always marked by the faithful zeal of the Superintendent.
r>      &   n   m When   Mr.  Duff  left the  com-
Rev. E. O. Thompson . , . .,,-_-»•-    , •
munity  about  the  year  1906,  his
duties were taken up by Mr. T. Laing. At the same time a Sabbath
School was started by Mr. H. Macarthur and Mrs. Logan in the
old school house on the mainland near the present site of the Oddfellows' Hall. Later this School was conducted by Mrs. M. R.
Wells, meeting each Sunday afternoon in the cook-house of the
Eburne Saw Mill on the mainland. Among the pupils of this little
group was Miss Clara Champion, now wife of Rev. Mr. Young, a
Missionary in India.
In 1907 the Sunday Schools on Sea Island and the mainland
were merged into one, under Mr. R. E. Clugston as Superintendent,
assisted by Mrs. J. A. Logan and Rev. Robert and Mrs. McKay.
The reorganized School was held in the church on Sea Island and
continued to meet there until August, 1910. At this date the evening service of the congregation was held in the Oddfellows' Hall,
Granville Street, because of the growth of population on the mainland, and it was decided that this was also  a more convenient
Twenty-four meeting-place for the Sunday School. Accordingly the School
moved to these quarters and met in the Oddfellows' Hall until September of the following year, 1911, when the present church building was opened and became the permanent home of the Sabbath
Under direction of the Session, a branch Sabbath School has
quite recently been started again in the Sea Island public school
house—now no longer used as a day school—with Messrs. H. Mac-
arthur and T. Laing in charge, assisted by Mrs. Hardwick and
Mr. Ralph McDonald. This School meets in the summer months
The growth of the main School has been remarkable. In 1911,
When it began to meet in the new church, the membership comprised 30 scholars with five teachers, directed by the minister, Rev.
J. H. White. Meetings were held in the body of the church, as
the basement was not yet provided with seats. Mr. James McCreath was made Superintendent early in the year 1912, and the
work grew from that time by leaps and bounds. Mr. R. E. Clug-
ston has at all times seconded the efforts of Mr. McCreath with
tireless energy and ability. To-day the enrolment is 15 teachers,
three officers, and 230 scholars. With the addition of Sea Island
Sabbath School, and Cradle Roll, the total enrolment is 320. Rev.
Mr. Thompson, our minister, lately undertook the duties of Superintendent.
The success of the work may in some measure be judged by
the large numbers of those who have come from the School into
full communion in the Church, and of those who have, in turn,
taken their place as teachers. During the war many old pupils
served with distinction, and one, Samuel Dugood, made the supreme sacrifice. The sowing of years of work brought forth much
fruit in the part taken by the School in the Forward Movement
of the Church. Asked by the Central Executive of the Presbyterian Church for the sum of $300.00, or one-tenth of the congregation's allotment, the Sabbath School responded with $557.00,
and the effort made at that time has since reacted for good upon
all the work of the School.
Great praise is due Mr. McCreath for his patience and zeal in
this work and for his faithful discharge of the duties of Superintendent during so many years, in behalf of the children he loves.
Yet the one desire of himself and of his devoted staff of teachers
has always been to oppose sin and set up the banner of Christ, to
instil in young hearts and lives a knowledge of the Book which is
able to make wise unto salvation.
_? Ladies' Aid Society,
ON April 27th, 1910, a meeting was held in the church on Sea
Island with the object of forming a Society to be known as
the Ladies' Aid Society of Richmond Presbyterian. Church.
The aim of the Society was to stimulate a deeper interest in the
work of the church on the part of the ladies by visiting strangers
and by raising money for local church purposes. It was agreed
that every regular and special meeting be opened and closed with
devotional exercises. The officers elected at that first meeting
were: President, Mrs. J. H. White; First Vice-President, Mrs.
Wells; Second Vice-President, Mrs. Forsyth; Secretary, Mrs. W.
F. Stewart;   Treasurer, Mrs. H. Macarthur.
From the time of its organization the Ladies' Aid has taken
a most active part in forwarding the work of the Church in the
community. It has raised annually an average of approximately
$400.00. This has been done by means of teas, socials, bazaars,
lectures, donations. Many important and useful tasks have been
undertaken and carried out. In 1911 the piano and communion
table were procured, the church aisles were carpeted, and the kitchen furnished. On September 25th of that year a banquet was
served on the occasion of the opening of the new church building.
In 1912 the vestry was furnished. In the following year pews
were put in the church, the ladies' parlour was carpeted and
the basement plastered. In 1921
the Ladies' Aid had the exterior
of the church painted, and, during the past year, the interior
was re-decorated under its direction. These are some of the
larger undertakings of the Society. It aims at giving help at
all times and in all places where
help is needed in the work of
the congregation.
The Society regrets the loss
of many members who have
moved away from the community, and it mourns the loss by
death of three of its members:
Mrs. James Richards, Mrs. Abernethy, and Mrs. H. Macarthur.
The Society is very thankful to Mrs. Thomas Usher for the many
times she has given her home for teas and sales of work.
Mrs. W. F. Stewart
Page Twenty-six The following have been officers of the Ladies' Aid Society:
Mrs. J. H. White 1910    Mrs. W. F. Stewart....l917-1919
Mrs. Jos. Miller 1911-1915    Mrs. Thos. Usher 1920-1922
Mrs. W.- M. McKenzie 1916    Mrs. Geo. Richards 1923-1924
Mrs. R. E. Clug-ston 1925
First Vice-President.
Mrs. Wells  1910-1911    Mrs. W. D. McKay....l917-1919
Mrs. Fisher  1912    Mrs. Irving    1920-1922
Mrs. W. F. Stewart..:.1913-1916    Mrs. P. Wylie  1923
Mrs.  Fosraty  1924
Second Vice-President.
Mrs. Forsyth  1910    Mrs. D. Rowan  1922
Mrs. Irving    1911-1919    Mrs. L. Kidd  1923
Mrs. R. E. Clugston....l920-1921     Airs. A. Peel  1924-	
Mrs. W. F. Stewart....l910-1912     Mrs. Fisher  1913 '
Mrs.  H. Macarthur 1910    Mrs.  Geo. Richards....l911-1913
Mrs.  Geo.  Richards....l914-1921     Mrs. J. Brown  1922
In 1923 the office of Secretary and Treasurer were again divided, with the following holding office:
Mrs. Dickinson 1923-	
Mrs. J. Brown  1923    Mrs. J. Ashton  1924
Page Tiventy-stven Young People's Social Club.
FROM time to time   social organizations   of the young people
have been formed.   The present Young People's Social Club
was organized on September 25th, 1924, with the object of
promoting Christian fellowship among the young people of the
community.   The meetings, which are of a devotional, educational
and social character, are held on Thursday evening of each week.
At the opening meeting of the Society the following officers
were elected: Honorary President, Mr. J. McCreath; president,
Mr. R. F. Park; Vice-President, Mr. M. Fergusson; Secretary-
Treasurer, Miss E. Esplen. Convenors of Committees: Devotional, Mr. J. McCreath; Musical, Mr. B. Niven; Literary, Mr. F.
Douglas; Social, Miss L. Churchill.
With a membership of thirty-five and an average attendance
of twenty-eight, the Club has held very successful meetings during the season.
Congregational Gathering at the Home of Fitzgerald McCleery,
During Ministry of Jas. Buchanan
Page Twenty-eight Members of Session and Wives, June 8th, 1915
Page  Twenty-nine Boys' Brigade,  1912
Boys' Brigade with Seymour Cup^ 1925
Page Thirty The Boys' Brigade.
SURELY this great organization has a place in the historical
record of our congregation.
Instituted first in our congregation during Rev. Mr. White's
pastorate, 1910-1912 were the years this organization functioned
first in this community, Mr. Williams acting in the capacity of
captain. The official title of the company was "The First Eburne
For some years the work of the Brigade was allowed to lapse,
but in 1919 it was revived under the leadership of Mr. W. H.
Leverette, of the Marpole Methodist Church, who as captain of
the new company, continued to act in this capacity until the year
1921. When he left Marpole, Mr. A. MacGillivray succeeded to
the captaincy of the company, and occupied the office until the
end of the session 1923-24, when he was succeeded by Mr. Fred
Douglas. Mr. Douglas joined the company as a boy and worked
his way through the various ranks until he attained the highest
office in the gift of the company, namely, that of captain. Under
his leadership the company is continuing to progress, and is nobly
upholding the high ideals for which the Boys' Brigade stands.
This re-organized company was named "The First Point Grey
Company of the Boys' Brigade." At present it is conducted on
interdenominational lines. For some years the company has held
its weekly Sunday Bible Class meetings in the basement of the
Richmond Presbyterian Church. Dr. A. Dennis rendered splendid
service for a considerable period of time as Bible Class leader.
Since his withdrawal the class continues, being led by different
speakers. Week night meetings are held in the David Lloyd
George School, Marpole, where drills, physical culture classes, etc.,
are conducted.
The object of the Boys' Brigade, as laid down by its founder,
Sir William A. Smith, in 1883, is "The advancement of Christ's
kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of obedience,
reverence, discipline, self-respect and all that tends towards a true
Christian manliness." The symbol of the Brigade is an Anchor,
and its motto is "Sure and Steadfast."
While the Boys' Brigade is interdenominational in its work,
the heartiest co-operation and practical sympathy of this congregation should be given in thus making Christian citizens.
Page Thirty-one Greetings from Former Ministers.
The following special messages of greeting have been received
from former ministers of Richmond Presbyterian Church:
3er unae
From Rev. James Cormack, B.A.,
Lake Megantic, Quebec.
IT was my privilege to be with
the people of Richmond as
their minister when they were
but few in number—in the days
when the foundations were being
laid. But the work was hopeful
and inspiring, and it was a grief to
me when, through illness, I was
compelled to relinquish it in the
summer of 1888. I have watched
with the deepest interest the growth
of the congregation during the intervening years, and my prayer is
that the work may continue to pros-
- the blessing of the great Head of the Church and the
of the Holy Spirit.
Yours faithfully,
From Rev. J. A. Jaffary, B.A.,
Edmonton, Alberta.
AS I look back upon my life
in   Christ   there   are   three
outstanding features that to
me are exceedingly precious:
First—The forgiveness of sins.
"Son, thy sins be forgiven thee."
When I think of the unspeakable
goodness of Christ in this, I feel
I ought to take Mary's place at
His feet and bring my tears and
kisses and precious ointment of
Second—The providence of God.
In most remarkable ways His ■
Page Thirty-two hand has been upon me, turning the dark things eventually to light
and bringing me by ways that were wonderful to His desired place,
which was best. With Paul I ought to say, "We know that all
things work together for good to them that love God."
Third—Prayer has been precious to me as communion. At
times it has passed to be intercommunion, i. e., there have beeri
definite responses to petitions, by way of impressions leaving no
doubt of God's will, or by way of communications, in words not
spoken audibly but impressed on the mind quite as clearly as if
spoken. These sometimes revealed a future for me, and invariably
through months or years the word has been fulfilled, and at times
to make me wonder and give thanks.
When I was a boy I heard at a temperance meeting this story
told to impress the great advantage of total abstinence:
Two camels in a caravan were loaded, the one with cork and
the other with sponge. As they journeyed for long days across
the sandy plain they fared equally well, but at last they came to a
river. In crossing the loads dipped into the water deeply. The
cork buoyed up and helped over the beast on whose back it was,
while the sponge drank up the stream, dragged down and drowned
the one to which it was bound.
That story in my long years in the West I have seen re-enacted
countless times, in respect to drink, but also in the wider field of
the life in Christ. The cork is the life with its habits that come
of faith in and love and obedience to the Saviour; the sponge the
Demas or the Judas life.
When the cork-laden young man or woman comes to the river
of securing employment or advancement, what an advantage they
have! When men and women come to the rivers of temptation,
trial or sorrow, what a security! When they come to Jordan—the
river of death—what a blessed confidence the load of cork gives
that they will be buoyed up and brought into the presence of Him
who shall welcome them, "Good and faithful servant, enter into
the joy of thy Lord."
From personal experience and observation, I say to young
and old:   Load up with cork.
Page   Thirty-thn From Rev. James Buchanan, M.A.,
Toronto,  Ontario.
•HE    Rev.   James    Buchanan
ministered  to  the  congregation of Richmond from January, 1893, to May, 1896	
During the ministry of Mr.
Buchanan the question of systematic giving was fully discussed, and
the congregation attained the eminence of being the largest contributor to the funds of the church in
the whole of Canada.
This was true in givings to stipend, to congregational support
and to missions, both per family
and communicant.
It was during Mr. Buchanan's pastorate that the evening service was started. There were a large number of young people who
had to be cared for, and under all the circumstances the Session
decided the evening service would meet the need best. During the
whole of the pastorate the evening service attracted large congregations and was a means of great blessing	
Since leaving Richmond, Mr. Buchanan has labored in Pelham
and Louth, in Dundalk and Ventry, and in Elmvale and Flos	
Mr. Buchanan has watched with intere'st the progress of his
former charge and noted the change from Sea Island to Marpole.
He remembers the splendid men and women to whom he ministered with increasing gratitude to God for their unswerving faithfulness to Christian ideals, and now that some of these honored
Fraser River pioneers lie in God's acre, while others still carry on
God's work, he is looking forward to seeing their faces in the Record
that recounts their noble work in establishing Presbyterianism on
the Pacific slope.
The story of the church from St. Patrick's Cathedral on the
Fraser bank to a stately building in Marpole, must be of surpassing
interest to the men who ministered to these Godly folk, and to the
descendants of the virile Irish and Scotch, by whose self-sacrificing
service the Gospel Torch was held aloft and its saving light shed
forth hope and comfort and eternal life to so many souls.
/SL^esjtat*^*** From Rev. A. E. Camp, B.A.,
Boise, Idaho, U. S. A.
I AM glad to hear of the progress of the church formerly
known as the Eburne Church.
It is my wish and prayer that
she may continue to glow with a
light ever increasing in intensity
as the years go by.
My association with the congregation was of short duration, owing to a bronchial affection that
developed while there. But memory is bright concerning the
place, and pleasant recollections
bring to mind some of the good people who were the backbone of
the  little  congregation.
Very sincerely yours,
m &
From Rev. J. A. Logan, D.D.,
Vancouver, B. C.
1AM pleased to have this opportunity of placing on record
some  remembrances   of   bye-
gone days.
For nearly twelve years it was
my great privilege to minister to
the Presbyterians located on Sea
and Lulu Islands, a ministry which
I very much enjoyed. No pastor
could wish for or expect a more
loyal and devoted people, and the
tokens of their kindness and hospitality will never be forgotten.
Since the close of that ministry,
many changes have taken place. The congregation has very much
enlarged, there is a new church and a new manse; but I feel sure
the old traditions remain.
Page Thirty-five There are many new faces in the church and in the kirk Session, but the names of McCleery, Mackie, D. McDonald will ever
remain as a stimulus to right living and high character.
I would like also to mention the names of others who during
those years of pioneering made it possible for the minister to carry
on his work, who by their assistance in the Missionary Society, the
Sabbath School, the Christian Endeavour, the Choir, the Session
and Managing Board, made the work most pleasant and agreeable.
I wish also to record here that Mrs. Logan was a partner
and sharer in all this work of faith and labor of love, more particularly in connection with the W. M. S., which is so flourishing a
feature of your congregational life.
"And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of
His grace which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."
Wishing the congregation every prosperity,
I remain very sincerely,
From Rev. (Capt.) J. H. White, M.A.,
Victoria, B. C.
I WILL always look back with
pleasure to the spring of 1909,
when I was inducted to the pastoral charge of Richmond congregation in succession to the Rev.
John A. Logan, D.D. The church
and manse property were at that
time situated on Sea Island, close
to the banks of the Fraser River.
There was something particularly
picturesque about the church property, the whole surroundings possessing a charm which very few
country churches enjoy.
impressed me on my first acquaintance with the
warm interest in the church, and their sincere
The church had its rightful place in the community and was an important factor in moulding the daily life of
the people. I look back to-day with satisfaction to the pleasant
intercourse I had with the people in their homes and in the church
What deeply
people, was their
religious fervor. The development that took place in Vancouver in 1909 was
soon followed by a development on the mainland in what is now
known as Marpole. Many new residences were erected there, and
it soon became apparent to all that if our church was to hold its
own in the district it would be necessary -to transfer the centre of
operations to the mainland. A new church was built and dedicated
to the worship of God on September 16th, 1911.
Through the generosity of Captain Stewart, a site was deeded for the erection of a new manse, and in the autumn of 1911 the
congregation moved into its new quarters, and the minister into
the new manse, the services in Sea Island being discontinued. I
would like in this connection to bear testimony to the fine Christian
spirit that was displayed by the members of the church on Sea
Island. For many years this had been their church home. It was
a fragrant spot, and to many of them the dearest associations of
life were centred around that little church. I know it was a sore
pang for many of the older members to see the church closed and
the place of worship removed to the mainland. But they showed
a fine spirit of toleration all through the negotiations, and when
the change was effected they moved over in a body, and with a
whole-hearted interest threw themselves into the work of the new
church. I am not able now to supply the details of the church
growth previous to my departure for overseas in the early summer of 1915. The membership had considerably increased, the
Sunday School had trebled its numbers, and the outlook for the
future was full of promise. I have no doubt that with the development that has taken place in Marpole the membership of the
church has greatly increased, and before very long it will be found
necessary to enlarge the building.
My earnest hope is that the fine Christian spirit which dominated the church on Sea Island will continue to dominate the
church on the mainland. It is the spirit of a people that makes
or mars an institution, and it is the spirit that prevails in a church
that will determine whether the church will stand still, or move
forward to greater usefulness. And when the members of a church
catch up the spirit of Christ's Gospel, and are impelled in all their
activities by the self-sacrificing love of Jesus Christ, then, and
only then, will they move on to higher Christian attainment.
"When Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us
good tidings of your faith and charity . . . Therefore, brethren,
we.were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by
your faith. . . . The Lord make you to increase and abound in *
love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you. To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable
in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints."—1 Thess. 3: 6 to 13.
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Page   Thirty-seven A Word of Thanks.
The Committee of Session entrusted with the preparation of
this little booklet desire to thank herewith all those who have
given so generously of their time and effort in placing at the disposal of the Committee the information regarding the societies of
the church, and the early history of the congregation; without
this most hearty co-operation the record could not have been produced. The Editorial Committee is also grateful to the many
friends of the congregation who have kindly loaned photographs
and so made possible the reproduction of the many interesting
photos which adorn these pages.
T. LAING, Chairman
H. T. LOGAN, Secretary PRINTrD   BY
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