First Church of Christ, Scientist
9 Clinton Avenue
Our service times are 10:30 AM for Sunday services
and Sunday School and 7:30 PM for Wednesday testimony meetings.
Our phone number is 607-756-7626
9 Clinton Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045
Students up to
the age of 20 are taught how God’s loving law can help them in their every day lives.
Our Reading Room is also located at 9 Clinton
Avenue and is opened Wednesdays from 10AM to 2PM and 6:30PM to 7:30PM; every other Saturday 10AM to 2PM and other
times by appointment (or please call for current hours).
In about 1894, a group of
interested people began holding Christian Science services at the home of Mr. And Mrs. William J Hollenbeck at 35 Union Street
in Cortland. First Church of Christ, Scientist, Cortland, was organized in 1897 and the first meeting was held in the rooms
of the Vesta Lodge, I.O.O.F. Building, 67 Main Street. Services were later held in the Samson Block, at the corner of Main
Street and Groton Avenue, where Mrs. Edith Chase with Miss Mary Piper, a student of Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder
of Christian Science, organized a Sunday School. A Christian Science Reading Room was also maintained in this building.
A lecture by Carl Norton in 1898, shortly after the organization of the Board of Lectureship of
The Mother Church, marked another milestone in the local progress of Christian Science. Unfortunately, in 1902 and 1903, many
of the pioneer workers in this church moved away, and although the organization was financially sound, it seemed best to disband.
In June 1910, Albert Brooks, a local photographer, invited those interested to meet at his home
on Monroe Heights. Several months later, a permit was obtained to use the office of the Conservatory of Music on Court Street
for church services. After two years, this proved too small and the auditorium in the same building was rented. The Society
enjoyed consistent growth here for several years. An invitation by First Universalist Church on Church Street, to hold services
in the edifice of that church at hours other than the usual Universalist service, was accepted for about a year, at one time
during this period.
In 1918, a church charter was obtained and a desirable dwelling at the corner of East
Court and Greenbush Streets was purchased and remodeled as a church home. This new church was dedicated in 1922.
In October 1941, construction began to enlarge that building, while services were held temporarily in the I.O.O.F.
Hall on Tompkins Street. On March 1, 1942, the first service was held in the new edifice, and on January 31, 1943, this church
A reading room was maintained at the Greenbush address for a few years following the
purchase of the property in 1918. Then in 1924, it was moved to the third floor of the Newberry Building on Main Street, where
it remained until November 1955, at which time the church was able to obtain a ground-floor location for its reading room
at 21 ½ Clinton Avenue. After 22 years at this site, in October 1978, it was moved to 41 Central Avenue. In 1995, the
reading room was returned to the church building.
On July 29, 2010, the building
at 49 Greenbush Street was sold to Mosaic Ministries. While a new building was searched for the congregation
met in Temple Brith Sholom at 117 Madison Street. On March 3, 2011, a three story building at 9 Clinton
Avenue was purchased and renovations began. The first service was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 on
the second floor of this building. Services and Sunday School continued on the second floor until the first
floor renovations for reading room and auditorium were completed and the first service was held in the current auditorium
on March 18, 2012.