In looking at our history, what a rich heritage our church has had!
The Grace Methodist and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Churches had been operating co-operatively in the Lacombe area since 1894 sharing the same facilities (first a freight shed, then a log school house), operating a joint Sunday School, participating in the occasional joint communion service and joining with each other’s services of celebration.
The present church building was erected in 1908-1909 on the corner of 53 Street and 51 Avenue. The Church was constructed out of red brick in the Gothic Revival style and is an example of Lacombe’s high quality architecture. By 1911 union services were being held during the summer months and the initial investigation of an official union of the two congregations began in 1912. The union became official in May of 1922, and was celebrated at the first service of the newly formed St. Andrew’s United Church, Lacombe.
St. Andrew’s has undergone countless renovations and two major additions. The first was the construction of the Christian Education building and Auditorium in 1957 and the most recent was an expansion of the sanctuary which was completed in 2002. St. Andrew’s remains an iconic building in the community.
In 2018, Mr. Dayton Thesenvitz and Mr. Aaron Kennedy compiled a series of videos detailing the history of the church. The videos are presented below.