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Calvary Church
United Methodist

300 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474
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Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27

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The Calvary Community

Calvary Church is a growing community of Christians with a joyful approach to worship and doing God's work. We are an inclusive church where all are welcome. Together we celebrate life's great and small events, mourn life's great and small sorrows, and worship God with hymns, prayers, and words of faith to enhance our lives.

We are guided as Methodists by the Wesley Quadrilateral of

  • Scripture
  • Tradition
  • Experience
  • Reason

Visit the United Methodist Web Site for more information about the beliefs, organization and history of United Methodists.

A Brief History of Calvary's Formation & Facility
On November 12, 1916, 22 Methodists met at Trinity Baptist Church and decided to build a church in East Arlington. From that time until January, 1923, worship services were held at the Grand Army Hall, now the American Legion Hall. Sixty-four people were received into membership in December, 1916 and the church was given the name Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1917, a lot was purchased at the comer of Mass. Ave. and Linwood St. and on November 29, 1920, the cornerstone of the new sanctuary was placed.

Calvary Church was designed by J.H. McNaughton and W. J. Perry and built in the colonial revival style in 1920. The belfry at the top of the tower was designed by Charles Bulfinch in 1809 and donated to the church in 1921 by A.G. Van Norstrand of Charlestown. The completion and dedication took place in 1923 and in 1925 the parsonage was built. A Parish House (Educational building) was attached by Arland Durand in 1953. The name of the Church was changed to Calvary United Methodist Church in 1968.
The Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Church Sanctuary was remodeled in 1991.

Calvary Church and Arlington Heights Church merged in 1994 and the merged church was named Calvary Church, United Methodist.

Church Administrative Committees

Lay Leadership Committee
The Lay Leadership Committee intentionally seeks to discern specific needs of the church, and creates a process to invite, train and support leaders necessary in fulfilling the mission and priorities of the church.

Stewardship Committee
The Stewardship Committee believes that the act of giving is a critical part of Christian living. Together with the congregation, the committee develops and creates opportunities such as the annual pledge campaign, that enable us to live out our faith as children of God - which includes being faithful stewards of the blessings that have been entrusted with us through God's grace.

Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (PPRC)
The primary role of the PPRC is to act as a "bridge" between the congregation and the staff. One of its primary tasks is to support our pastor and other staff so that they can work effectively in managing the ministry of our congregation.

Additionally, the PPRC is also the link to the external United Methodist community. We represent the voice of Calvary Church and participate in the activities and decisions that impact the entire United Methodist community.

The Trustees oversee the financial well-being of the church and its facilities and ministries.

Contact Information

Calvary Church, United Methodist
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474
Church Office: 781-646-8679
Parsonage: 617-923-0292

Office Hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Rev. Christine Elliott

Administrative Secretary
Susan O'Connor

Coordinator of Lay Ministries &
Discipleship Development
Susan Stewart

Music Director
Sue Paro

James Garro

Directions to Calvary Church

The church is in East Arlington on the corner of Mass. Ave. and Linwood St. Linwood St. is a short dead end street that ends within sight of beautiful Spy Pond. The church is near the Minuteman Bicycle Path and is between Capitol Theater and Arlington Center. Arlington is between Cambridge and Lexington.

From Route 2 East: Exit at Lake Street, go to Mass. Ave. and turn left.

From Route 93 South: Exit at Medford Square, right at rotary, left in the square, right at Route 16 West, go to Mass. Ave. and turn right.

Parking: Park on Mass. Ave. and surrounding streets. Please do not park in the semicircular driveway in front of the church.