St Columba’s Presbyterian Church
St. Columba’s is a community where the best of Presbyterian tradition courageously embraces inclusivity, innovation and
open-minded conversation in Christian service.
A CHURCH FOR OUR TIME
A Congregation of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa
45 Lurgan Road
PO Box 72223
Tel: (011) 646-5420/1/2
Fax: (011) 646-0253
St. Columba's Presbyterian Church
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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St Columba’s Presbyterian Church is situated in the leafy cosmopolitan suburb of Parkview, Johannesburg. The traditional stone Church with its stained glass rose window among the other stained glass windows - all created by leading artists - is flanked by a well-tended Garden of Remembrance and fronted by a small courtyard garden with a fountain and fishpond. Its tranquil exterior belies all the activities that take place within the Church walls and beyond.
St Columba’s aims to be relevant in the current South Africa; to attract new members from all racial groups; and to offer care - not only for its own members but also those less fortunate - at all times proclaiming and demonstrating God’s love and grace.
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This magnificent large window is situated at the back of the church in the south wall and was donated in memory of Wilfred James & Dorothy Eleanor Kennedy who were active members of the church in the early days. It was initially installed before the extension or gallery of the church was completed during Dr. Jack Dalziel’s time and was moved to its present position when the extension was built. Pat Dalziel remembers it being laid out in pieces in Lurgan Road before it was put in place.
The Kennedys lived in Westcliffe Drive and Dr.Alan Maker who knew the family well tells us that the house that they. lived in was designed by the same architect as the Church and the Lurgan Road Manse which was sold recently. The Kennedys had a daughter who was disabled through polio and Dion deBeer who was her Elder remembers visiting her regularly.
The origin of Rose Windows goes back to Mediaeval times, they are particularly characteristic of Gothic architecture and can be seen in all the major Cathedrals of Northern France. They are named Rose Windows as they can be seen to bear similarity to a multi-petalled rose. They are sometimes called Catherine windows after Saint Catherine of Alexandria who was sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel (Wikipedia) .