With natural light streaming through the 15th-century English-style stained glass windows, the sanctuary of Old South Church is free and open to the public during the day. Donations are welcome. There's a steady stream of people walking in from off the street to learn more about the history and services, or to sit in one of the pews to pray.
Built in 1875, the church is an important historical structure of Boston. The progressive congregation was founded in 1669.
Every Sunday, services include a morning prayer and communion at 9am and a festival worship at 11am. There's also a healing worship at 10am on the second Sunday of the month, and a jazz worship at 6pm every Thursday. You can download sermon podcasts online, and sign up for the e-newsletter.
Old South Church also provides Christian education programs for children, youth and adults; community outreach and mission trips; a strong music program; and the Old South Preschool, a non-religious preschool for children ages 2 to 5-years-old.
New members are welcome and the congregation is LGBT friendly.
- Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 8pm; Sat, 10am - 4pm; Sun, 8:30am - 4pm
- Handicap Accessible: The entrance is level with the sidewalk. The church is also equipped with a handicapped accessible door and elevator
- Founding Date: 1669
- Parking: On-street: metered
- Denomination: United Church of Christ
- Congregation size: 500
- Services: Child care, Choir/music programs, Missionary programs, Study groups, Youth programs
- Recreational facilities: Yes
- Number of students: 50
- Public/Private: Private
- Religious affiliation: none
- Student-to-teacher ratio: 6:1 or 7:1 for 3-4 and 4- 5-year-old classes; 3:1 for 2-3-year-old classes.
- Number of faculty: Seven
- How engaged is the school with the community?: Located in Copley Square, students are fairly involved and make regular visits to the Boston Public Library, neighborhood playgrounds, and community organizations.
- Montessori: No
- Age range: 2-5 year-olds