About Us

Minister: Rev. Avedis Boynerian

Telephone: 617-923-0498

 

 

HISTORY OF THE ARMENIAN MEMORIAL CHURCH

The Armenian Memorial Church is traced back to 1897. Seven families from Marash, Turkey immigrated to Boston, MA following the first mass killings of Armenians in 1895. The church was a very important part of the lives of these families. Therefore, they decided to have "Prayer Meetings" in their respective homes. Eventually they outgrew this arrangement and appealed to their missionary friends at the Congregational headquarters for assistance. In 1903 they offered space to hold their "Services". Soon they numbered 100 members and had to move. They went to the Shawmut Avenue Congregational Church in the South End section of Boston where they were able to conduct afternoon services.

In 1915, they organized as the "Cilician Armenian Congregational Church". Marash, Turkey was located in the section of Turkey called "Cilicia" and the member's wanted to identify their origin in their name. In 1937, they incorporated as the "Cilician Armenian Memorial Church". Note, they added the title "Memorial" as they wanted to keep the memory of all the Martyrs who had perished during the 1915 Genocide; however, they always included their denominational affiliation, "Congregational" located under the name of the church...(now referred to as the United Church of Christ").

Eventually, families began to move to the suburbs and the congregation felt it was wise to follow their members. We were in three different churches in Cambridge and fortunately the last was the First Armenian Church, while we were planning and constructing our present church in Watertown. After fifty three years of renting, we moved into our own church at 32 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown, in 1950.

Some of our accomplishments at the Armenian Memorial Church:

1967 -- we added our Educational Wing, which included our kitchen and offices.
1984 -- we replaced our electronic organ with a Moller-Angerten pipe organ.
1988 -- we came to the aid of Armenian earthquake victims by raising --$250,000.
1992 -- we established and Endowment Fund to provide assistance in any emergencies.
1997 -- to better serve our church family, we installed a Handicap Elevator.

FAITH AND FELLOWSHIP ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE ARMENIAN MEMORIAL CHURCH.