Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Yes, we offer a Sunday afternoon church service at 2:30 pm in the Chapel.

No. However, visitors need to have an intended purpose for staying here. They also need to be aware of our guidelines and comply with them. For more information, see our individual ministry pages, Visiting Tenacre, or Living at Tenacre.

In the 1800s, the Tenacre Poultry Farm was part of a farming community known as Cedar Grove. At the time, the property was about ten acres. George and Kathryn Barmore, Christian Scientists from New York, moved to Tenacre in 1912, after which they enlarged the house and transformed the grounds.

The Barmores started a rest home for Christian Scientists in 1922, with accommodations for three paying guests. By 1928, Tenacre was incorporated, had a staff of Christian Science nurses, and was caring for about 20 guests, all of whom were relying on God for healing.

To help ensure that Tenacre would continue beyond their personal involvement, the Barmores changed the corporation to a not-for-profit in 1935 and called it Tenacre Foundation to honor its roots.

We offer daily round trips to Princeton Monday through Friday. Occasional Saturday service is provided. For more information, see Visiting Tenacre.

Our cafeteria is open for breakfast from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM, for lunch from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM, and for dinner from 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM.

Branch churches can be found close by in Princeton, Trenton and Manville, NJ.

Trenton is the closest, about 20 minutes away. However, it is served only by Frontier Airlines. Newark and Philadelphia airports, with service by most major airlines, are an hour away. For more information, see Visiting Tenacre.

The nearest Amtrak stations are Princeton Junction and Trenton, NJ. For more information, see Visiting Tenacre.

Homecare Questions

A Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner is required for Homecare visits. There may be exceptions, if a Christian Science practitioner is not Journal-listed.

A Homecare visit may be up to 3 hours; if there is a need for a longer stay, this also may be arranged.

Tenacre offers a 1-2 hour visit at no charge. If there is a need for a longer visit, the rate is $35 per hour. Donations are welcomed for these visits.

When receiving your phone call, we’ll discern how immediate your need is, and then schedule a timely visit.

These documents are required, but if you haven’t appointed a HCP or POA, Homecare can provide blank documents for you to complete and have notarized within a short period of time. Homecare visits can be made while these documents are being completed.

Tenacre may provide financial assistance when needed. There is an application to complete.

Christian Science Nursing School Questions

Yes. Students pay the staff rate of $3.75 per meal.

The Manual By-Law, “Christian Science Nurse” doesn’t specify how much education is required for being listed in the Journal. There needs to be a readiness to respond to whatever calls might come, and experience in both facility and home settings, but how that readiness is reached is not articulated in the By-Law. Each Christian Science nurse determines that for himself or herself.

Complete an application form here. Or call us with additional questions at (609) 921-8900.

The Ministry of Christian Science Nursing 1 course is five months; the others are four months.

The tuition is $300 per week. Financial assistance is available directly from Tenacre.

Students in the Ministry of Christian Science Nursing 1 course are paid $154.50 per day; the salary increases in each subsequent course.

The accommodations are provided to students free of charge.

There are accommodations for students on or near the Tenacre campus.

Students are hired as temporary staff members during the courses and paid a salary.

There is a cafeteria at Tenacre which provides breakfast, lunch, and supper every day.

The schedule for all of our courses is available on our Courses page.

Classroom work, practice sessions, and mentoring both in facility settings and in homes are included in each course.

Christian Science In Residence Questions

No. You are welcome to bring your own furniture.

Meals are offered at the Cafeteria and would be an additional cost.

We have studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom cottages.

Call or email for specifics.

Monthly rent ranges from $1400 – $2000 based on square footage.

The monthly rate includes:

  • Utilities
  • Weekly housekeeping visits
  • Basic telephone
  • Linen service
  • Maintenance of the grounds/buildings and Tenacre’s appliances

Additional services include Tenacre’s bus to downtown Princeton and Princeton branch church services, mail delivery, and the Spiritual Resource Library. The audio system, access to cable television, and the closed circuit Tenacre TV channel are offered at no charge.

Yes, we offer a Sunday afternoon church service at 2:30 pm in the Chapel.

No. However, visitors need to have an intended purpose for staying here. They also need to be aware of our guidelines and comply with them. For more information, see our individual ministry pages, Visiting Tenacre, or Living at Tenacre.

In the 1800s, the Tenacre Poultry Farm was part of a farming community known as Cedar Grove. At the time, the property was about ten acres. George and Kathryn Barmore, Christian Scientists from New York, moved to Tenacre in 1912, after which they enlarged the house and transformed the grounds.

The Barmores started a rest home for Christian Scientists in 1922, with accommodations for three paying guests. By 1928, Tenacre was incorporated, had a staff of Christian Science nurses, and was caring for about 20 guests, all of whom were relying on God for healing.

To help ensure that Tenacre would continue beyond their personal involvement, the Barmores changed the corporation to a not-for-profit in 1935 and called it Tenacre Foundation to honor its roots.

We offer daily round trips to Princeton Monday through Friday. Occasional Saturday service is provided. For more information, see Visiting Tenacre.

Our cafeteria is open for breakfast from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM, for lunch from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM, and for dinner from 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM.

Branch churches can be found close by in Princeton, Trenton and Manville, NJ.

Trenton is the closest, about 20 minutes away. However, it is served only by Frontier Airlines. Newark and Philadelphia airports, with service by most major airlines, are an hour away. For more information, see Visiting Tenacre.

The nearest Amtrak stations are Princeton Junction and Trenton, NJ. For more information, see Visiting Tenacre.

A Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner is required for Homecare visits. There may be exceptions, if a Christian Science practitioner is not Journal-listed.

A Homecare visit may be up to 3 hours; if there is a need for a longer stay, this also may be arranged.

Tenacre offers a 1-2 hour visit at no charge. If there is a need for a longer visit, the rate is $35 per hour. Donations are welcomed for these visits.

When receiving your phone call, we’ll discern how immediate your need is, and then schedule a timely visit.

These documents are required, but if you haven’t appointed a HCP or POA, Homecare can provide blank documents for you to complete and have notarized within a short period of time. Homecare visits can be made while these documents are being completed.

Tenacre may provide financial assistance when needed. There is an application to complete.

Yes. Students pay the staff rate of $3.75 per meal.

The Manual By-Law, “Christian Science Nurse” doesn’t specify how much education is required for being listed in the Journal. There needs to be a readiness to respond to whatever calls might come, and experience in both facility and home settings, but how that readiness is reached is not articulated in the By-Law. Each Christian Science nurse determines that for himself or herself.

Complete an application form here. Or call us with additional questions at (609) 921-8900.

The Ministry of Christian Science Nursing 1 course is five months; the others are four months.

The tuition is $300 per week. Financial assistance is available directly from Tenacre.

Students in the Ministry of Christian Science Nursing 1 course are paid $154.50 per day; the salary increases in each subsequent course.

The accommodations are provided to students free of charge.

There are accommodations for students on or near the Tenacre campus.

Students are hired as temporary staff members during the courses and paid a salary.

There is a cafeteria at Tenacre which provides breakfast, lunch, and supper every day.

The schedule for all of our courses is available on our Courses page.

Classroom work, practice sessions, and mentoring both in facility settings and in homes are included in each course.

No. You are welcome to bring your own furniture.

Meals are offered at the Cafeteria and would be an additional cost.

We have studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom cottages.

Call or email for specifics.

Monthly rent ranges from $1400 – $2000 based on square footage.

The monthly rate includes:

  • Utilities
  • Weekly housekeeping visits
  • Basic telephone
  • Linen service
  • Maintenance of the grounds/buildings and Tenacre’s appliances

Additional services include Tenacre’s bus to downtown Princeton and Princeton branch church services, mail delivery, and the Spiritual Resource Library. The audio system, access to cable television, and the closed circuit Tenacre TV channel are offered at no charge.

Christian Science Nurse. Sect. 31 — A member of The Mother Church who represents himself or herself as a Christian Science nurse shall be one who has a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice, who thoroughly understands the practical wisdom necessary in a sick room, and who can take proper care of the sick. The cards of such persons may be inserted in The Christian Science Journal under rules established by the publishers.

— Church Manual, p. 49