Winnipeg Knox Presbyterian Church

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Winnipeg Knox Presbyterian Church

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1868-1925

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Knox Presbyterian Church existed in Winnipeg from 1868 to 1925. Rev. John Black, the first Presbyterian minister in the Red River Settlement, conducted early services in the Court House of Fort Garry until a small wooden church was constructed in 1868. Black named the small structure 'Knox Church' in 1870 and in 1872 the congregation of Knox Church was officially organized. Additions were made to the church in 1873 and 1875 to accommodate its expanding membership. Rev. James Robertson was called as the first permanent minister of Knox Church in 1874. The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church erected a new church building in 1879, and moved the old building to the rear of the lot. In 1882 the original Knox Church lot was sold and a new one was purchased. A temporary hall was erected for the congregation on Hargrave Street while their new church was constructed on the corner of Donald and Ellice Ave. In August 1884, the third Knox Church was opened for service. Knox Presbyterian Church aided in the establishment of several Presbyterian congregations in Winnipeg: St. Andrew's Church in 1881, Augustine Church in 1887, Martin Luther King Icelandic Church in 1888, and West End Mission in 1889. By 1913, the Knox Presbyterian congregation outgrew the Hargrave Street Church, and decided to purchase a site for a new church at Donald Street and Qu'Appelle Avenue (Edmonton Street). Construction began in 1914 but was put on hold during the war, delaying the completion of the church to 1917. The large, gothic church structure held its opening service in the spring of 1917. In 1925, Knox Presbyterian Church joined the United Church of Canada.

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