Presbyterian History in Regina
There have been Presbyterian congregations and witness in Regina for most of the city’s history.
The parent Church of First Presbyterian Church in Regina was Knox Presbyterian Church, which used to reside at the corner of Lorne Street and 12th Avenue (the current site of one of the Saskatchewan Telecommunications Company buildings).
At the time of Church Union in 1925, when various denominations (Methodist, Congregationalist, Presbyterian) joined to create the United Church of Canada, part of the Congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Regina voted to join the United Church. However, part of the Congregation decided they would maintain their Presbyterian roots and continue Presbyterian witness in Regina and formed a new Church, First Presbyterian Church.
The congregation split into two separate worshipping entities in 1925, and the congregation of First Presbyterian Church contracted with local Regina architect F.W. Portnall to design a new building, the one in which the congregation currently worships. Completed in 1926, the church is a fine example of architecture of the period, and this structure is enhanced by a set of stunning stained glass windows created in Swansea, Wales and sent out to the congregation to install in their new church building at the corner of Albert Street and 14th Avenue.
First Presbyterian Church has been the parent of two thriving Presbyterian congregations in Regina - Norman Kennedy Presbyterian Church in north west Regina and for many years and St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in south Regina. In the 1990’s St. Stephen’s congregation declined to such an extent that they agreed to close the church and the congregation moved to First Presbyterian Church.
First Presbyterian Church in Regina has maintained an active Presbyterian worshipping community in Regina for more than 95 years, and continues into the new millennium with excitement and joy to provide Christian worship for all who enter here.