A Soulful Solution for Montclair’s Christian Science Church

On Easter Sunday, the congregation of the First Church of Christ, Scientist—Montclair returned to its home of 85 years on Hillside Avenue after a hiatus of worshiping at the rented chapel of St John’s Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair. Although technically no longer its own, the space will better serve the congregation’s needs so that members, in turn, can more effectively serve God. In 2009, after years of prayerful reflection, the Board of Trustees of the Christian Science Church reached a decision to sell the building that had become burdensome with a dwindling congregation, a contemporary problem facing many churches.