So last night, close to midnight, when only young revellers, vampires and I are awake, I happened across an interesting post on WordPress’s Tag Surfer. The blogger (David Thomson, the bishop of Huntingdon) collects churches, a really cool hobby which I also enjoy. Well, this morning when I woke Liezl had a frightful headache, so after popping into the pharmacist to collect some pain killers I was inspired to take the kids on a hike to the Presbyterian church down the way too get them out of her hair (the churches name is Midrand Presbyterian Church at St Saviour’s).
It’s about a 2 km walk but the kids are getting used to walking with dad and made really good time. Johannesburg is in the middle of winter right now and things are getting kinda icy but after a while the body heats up and the trip is actually quite pleasant.
Along the way we met a guy called Michael and discussed French Gothic Architecture and a bit of quantum physics (later, returning home, I stopped by his house and collected a few DVD’s relating to quantum something or other. I’m sure we’re going to get stuck into something heavy at some stage).
The last time we made this trip it was summer. The grass was green, the geese, ducks and chickens on the small holdings along the way had all hatched and every flower in the neighbourhood was in bloom. Not so this time. It was an overcast day today which gave everything a depressed look and the grass has turned a burnt brown. The geese have grown though.
We took a few minutes breather when we got to the church and then started by checking out the grave yard. There’s something special about grave yards to me. Maybe it’s that I believe every headstone tells a story, or maybe it’s because I know that the story behind the headstone can never be fully told. Either way we strolled around reading the captions and dates.
The most interesting grave in the yard to me was an obelisk which towered over the rest of the stones. The interest is born out of a memory of Freemasonry and possible connections between lodges and Presbyterians and Anglicans. I’ve observed masonry symbols in churches such as the Square and Compasses and I believe that the obelisk is also a symbol used (clearly some of the Da Vinci Code has rubbed off on me).
The interior of the church is beautiful and yet wholly unembellished. I love it. I had the opportunity of chatting to a lady who was preparing for a function (maybe church tomorrow) and she explained that the church is privately owned and that the Presbeterians rent the premise out. That kinda makes sense. The building (other than the fonts which would peg it as a Covenantal establishment) is devoid of any denominational specific designs or emblems. It’s beauty is in it’s understatement.
All in all it made for a great morning. I got the kids home and napped in time for the rugby in the afternoon. What a waste. The British and Irish Lions managed a fine comeback to restore a bit of pride but lost the series 2 – 1. Go Bokke!
Want to know more about St Saviour’s Cathedral? The following links might be useful:
- Current the Midrand Presbyterian Church rent the building from what I assume is a private owner. They have a brief history on their webpage. To link there click here.
- Bamber family in Ladysmith. Interesting family history (from the Boer War) which includes a reference to St Saviour’s in the last paragraph.
- Any other links I should include?
Wanna find Midrand Presbyterian Church at St Saviour’s:
Any other gotta see churches in the Gauteng area? You got a favorite church? Maybe you can’t stand churches? All types to make the world go round :).