206-year-old church permanently closes due to dwindling numbers, failure to attract younger members

In 206 years, Christ Church UMC in Southwick, Massachusetts, has survived changes to its name, facilities and membership. After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic however, members voted in May to permanently disband the congregation due to their dwindling numbers beginning July 1 and their pastor decided it was a good time to retire too.

206-year-old church permanently closes due to dwindling numbers, failure to attract younger members
In 206 years, Christ Church UMC in Southwick, Massachusetts, has survived changes to its name, facilities and membership. After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic however, members voted in May to permanently disband the congregation due to their dwindling numbers beginning July 1 and their pastor decided it was a good time to retire too.