In 1919, Robert C. Lawson gave a sermon in a church basement in New York City that so inspired those present, that he…More soon founded his own church: The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ (COOLJC). The church is a Protestant denomination that belongs to the Oneness Pentecostal tradition (which states that God is one being that manifests himself in different forms). The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith now has roughly 600 churches worldwide, including the Mission Church in Somerville, which is affiliated with it.
The Mission Church's imposing, granite, Richardsonian Romanesque church was built in 1894 for the First Unitarian Church. Today, Bishop H. A. Moultrie, II, leads the Mission congregation there. Self-described as a "warm and loving church," the congregation has many active programs including three choirs, two singing groups and men's, women's and youth groups.
The Portuguese Foursquare Church is set up in a bright A-frame building on busy Somerville Avenue. Named…More after the tabernacle described in Exodus, this is a branch of an international group of churches. This, and all Fourquare churches, are dedicated to worldwide evangelism and inter-denominational cohesion.
The church gives services in Portuguese every Sunday and Wednesday in the evening.
St. James Episcopal can be found on a quiet stretch of Broadway, its massive red wooden door a well-known landmark.…More The modest building is without large windows or towering statues and a simple gold cross has been deemed fit for this church.
Liturgies are at 10am on Sundays and children are especially welcome, as the church's rainbow-festooned signage proclaims. This church also offers a free ESL practice class for those looking to improve their English.
Boston Japanese Christian Church 397 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA02143 BJCC is the first Japanese language church formed in the region. Pastor Ken Milhous grew up in Japan and is bilingual.…More In addition to worship services, BJCC offers Bible study classes and workshops that promote the use and understanding of English. The church is located between Union and Porter Squares on Somerville Avenue.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 99 Dover St, Somerville, MA02144 This Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is located on a quiet residential street just off of Davis Square;…More parking, however, is still metered or permit only. Situated within a modern building, this Church is open to visitors, and there's usually someone in the office. Services are held behind thick curtains to provide a little privacy from the street.
The Greek Orthodox Church is a Christian denomination within the greater Orthodox Church, which is the world's second…More largest organized Christian body after the Roman Catholic Church.
In Somerville, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church proudly notes its immigrant history. Founded in 1916 (originally on Bow St.), the church was formed by Greek immigrants who came to work in Somerville's meatpacking plants. They settled in the Brickbottom area of Somerville (which was a close-knit neighborhood before being razed for City and factory use) and they worshipped at Dormition—all while making their way in a new land.
Today, the Church draws members from throughout Greater Boston. A very active, very Greek and very warm community, they are led by Rev. Fr. Panteleimon Klostri. The congregation pursues charitable work, offers numerous youth programs including Greek School and Church School and maintains an all-ages choir. In addition, a Golden Club brings together members over 50 to socialize and undertake charitable work, and a Health Committee organizes exercise classes and health talks. Their annual Greek Festival, held the second weekend of September, draws members and neighbors, as well as foodies looking to sample the homemade Greek treats like grilled kebabs, spanikopita (spinach pies) and sweet baklava.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America states that, "Orthodoxy believes that God has revealed Himself to us, most especially in the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom we know as the Son of God. This Revelation of God, His love, and His purpose, is constantly made manifest and contemporary in the life of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit."
The United Church of Christ was founded in 1957 as a union of the evangelical and reformed branches of the protestant…More church and now comprises 6,100 churches and 1.4 million members—including President Barack Obama. The Somerville UCC states that members "believe many different things about God, and about the person of Jesus Christ. Many of us hail from other traditions…We find common ground in our yearning to build beloved community."
The church is noncreedal, stating "there is nothing you have to believe in order to belong," and also has a strong commitment to diversity. Rev. Molly Baskette is pastor and Ian Holland is support pastor, but nonordained persons also lead prayers and sometimes preach as part of the church's commitment to share everyone's religious experience.
Music is a key part of services. In addition to adult and children's choirs, members also play in the Strings of Glory bluegrass band, the First Church Marching Band, the Project SOUL funk band, and occasional brass or classical ensembles. A coffee hour and potluck follows Sunday services. Nursery and Sunday school are offered, as are Night Outs, where parents drop off kids for evening activities at the church so they can have a free evening.
Events and volunteer activities are strongly focused on social justice issues. The church participates in and supports a number of efforts to help feed the homeless and others in need.
Vida Real 404 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 "Living a life of purpose" is the Vida Real church's message. The church has its headquarters in Somerville and is a…More religious community that spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ through missionary work, in addition to the use of television and Internet radio. Vida Real operates in conjunction with the CGNTV Latino TV network.
The United Methodist Church is a Christian denomination founded in 1968 through the union of The Evangelical United…More Brethren Church and The Methodist Church, which itself has a history dating back to the 1770s. Today the church has 11 million members worldwide and is the third largest Christian denomination in the United States. Their core belief in "practical divinity," which they describe as "the implementation of genuine Christianity in the lives of believers," inspires active charitable and missionary work by members.
The College Ave. congregation in Somerville recently moved from their landmark stone church on the corner of Chapel St. and College Ave. Services are now held at Unity Church of God just one block away. Pastor Justin Hildebrandt leads the congregation.
The United Methodist Church's core beliefs include:
"We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it."
"We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his."
"We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us."
"We believe that the Bible is God's Word."
"We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament."
"We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace."
Holy Bible Baptist Church/L'Eglise Baptiste de la Bible 45 College Ave, Somerville, MA02144 Founded in the summer of 1986, the Holy Bible Baptist Church has grown from a small, home-based congregation of less…More than 20 people to a thriving religious community of between 500 and 1,000 members. The church's success has prompted the need for expansion - HBBC is moving just down the street from its current location at 45 College Ave. to 64-70 College Ave. The new facility is 42,500 square feet and boasts sanctuary seating for more than 1,000 people, a larger chapel, a function hall that holds 300 people, sunday school classrooms and other religious education facilities and 3 large community centers.
This Roman Catholic Parish laid the cornerstone for its church in 1908, and 12 years…More later had built what some now call “the gem of the Boston archdiocese.” Its elegant marble arches, colorful stained glass and many artful details—including the Stations of the Cross crafted in white alabaster—pay homage to the European churches that inspired its design. A self-described “warm, friendly and supportive” congregation, they gather both for mass and many church activities. Adult and children’s choirs, a young adult social group and charitable work are among them.
Christ Episcopal Church 66 Fellsway W, Somerville, MA02145 Priding itself on its "informal, family style" Christ Episcopal is a fresh, progressive institution. In addition to its…More weekly Sunday mass, this "open, inclusive and affirming congregation" also hosts a few nontraditional events. This church has regular "Blessing of the Animals" services in which family pets may be blessed during mass and all donations of pet supplies go to local no-kill shelters. A Halloween party is also held each year.
Somerville Community Baptist Church 31 College Ave, Somerville, MA02144 This Baptist church sits just outside the center of Davis Square on College Ave. The congregation is led by Rev. Dr.…More Victor F. Scalise, Jr., and their welcome page states that, "It is our passion to help people develop their spiritual life through connection with Christ. We believe a relationship with the Jesus Christ of Scripture is the source of everything one needs to make sense of this world and live in it with a sense of inner peace." They hold a regular Bible study, and Sunday school for students grade K-12 is offered.
Saint Anthony of Padua Parish 12 Rev Nazareno Properzi Way, Somerville, MA02143 Founded in 1915, this Catholic church sits just off of Somerville Ave. The Rev. Moacir Balen leads the congregation, and…More services are held in both English and Portuguese. The Missionaries of St. Charles, a Catholic order of brothers and priests also known as the Scalabrinian Fathers, staff the parish. The Saint Anthony of Padua School is right next door.
At the core of Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church is a profound belief in openness and inclusion. "We are a real…More progressive, open and affirmative congregation," says Rev. Karl Gustafson. "We are all about art, peace, justice, inclusiveness and wide open thinking. We have lots of space for all kinds of people."
Sunday services are followed by coffee hours and thoughtful discussions about the day's sermon. Music for services comes about in a casual manner. Gustafson says their "fabulous" pianist often writes original pieces to go along with other musical selections that are practiced directly before the service "by whomever shows up."
"I like to say we are a half a bubble off plumb here…meaning we're not quite ordinary," he says.
A limited Sunday school program is offered, and a Peace, Justice and Mission Committee organizes events to address local and global issues. The Church also provides space to The Nave Gallery, and in collaboration with ARTSomerville they sponsor exhibitions and concerts there and in the church sanctuary.
Founded in the 1920s, today the congregation is small—about 40—but its multicultural membership hails from across the globe.
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 11 North St, Somerville, MA02144 This small Jehovah's Witness chapel is located just at the end of North Street, right before Broadway. Across the…More street from a basketball court, Kingdom Hall has a free lot, a welcome sight in this congested area of Somerville. The church has services and meetings in English, Spanish and French; Portuguese is spoken as well although services are not held in that language.
Johnson Roberts Associates 15 Rev Nazareno Properzi Way, Somerville, MA02143 Johnson Roberts Associates is an architectural firm. The firm helps clients through initial design and into…More master planning and construction. The company's portfolio includes public libraries, town offices, public safety facilities, court houses, college and university facilities, churches and historic preservations.
Bent Electrical Contractors 59 Innerbelt Rd, Somerville, MA02143 Bent Electrical Contractors designs and installs power, lighting, fire alarm and security systems for a variety of…More commercial and residential costumers. Clients have included universities, laboratories, museums, libraries and churches. The company is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, National Electrical Contractors Association and the National Fire Protection Association.