Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Christian Science Nursing

Christian Science nurses are Christian Scientists. They provide spiritual reassurance and practical care for Christian Scientists relying exclusively on Christian Science for healing. A description of the role and its activities is included in the Scope of Services document, prepared by The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and may be found on Christian Science.com. For more information on the type of care a Christian Science nurse provides, please click here

  • Rely radically on God for healing as taught in Christian Science.
  • Commune with God, with the purpose of spiritual growth and regeneration, for “growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love and good deeds” (Science and Health, p. 4).
  • Work in harmonious partnership with Christian Science nurses and other members of the Tenacre community

No. However, all guests do need to be practicing Christian Scientists. One of the principles guiding guests at Tenacre is “…. a guest has chosen radical reliance on God for healing as taught in Christian Science.”

Each guest has a private room and bathroom with a shower. The rooms include a bed, reclining chair, desk, closet, chest of drawers, and artwork. Each building has common living and dining rooms for guests to enjoy.

We recommend that only a few items be brought from home, such as clothing and toiletries for a short stay.

It is our expectation that you will be praying for yourself daily and engaging a Christian Science practitioner to work for you as needed throughout your stay at Tenacre.

No. While we understand that individuals may choose to use these products at home, Tenacre feels that their use is not in keeping with the practice of Christian Science.

Yes, their applications will be considered with the understanding that their legal guardian will be with them at all times during their stay.

Tenacre is considering how we can best meet the needs of experienced Christian Scientists who regularly ask this question. Please call and talk with us. We’d love to hear from you!

Individuals can come by plane, train, or a service (car or ambulance) and can be accompanied by family or a private duty Christian Science nurse. Visit our Contact Us  page for more information.

Pets can bring such joy to the guests! Please let us know of your interest. There are some guidelines to follow during pet visits.

No, although Tenacre does offer financial assistance. Applicants can complete a financial disclosure form during the admission process.

A list of Christian Science nursing facilities may be found in the Christian Science Journal directory in print and online. Visit https://jsh.christianscience.com and use the search box in the Christian Science Journal directory.

Christian Science nurses encourage and support normal activity and movement. Our guests do not typically ask for physical therapy, but instead work for complete healing with a Christian Science Practitioner. If you feel the need to visit a physical therapist while at Tenacre, please speak with Christian Science nursing management.

We offer daily reading of the Bible Lesson, Church services, hymn sings, assistance with Christian Science study, walking paths on the property, eating at the cafeteria, and special monthly trips to local areas of interest, such as a formal garden, art museums, and even the Jersey Shore. Tenacre offers transportation to the Princeton church (First Church of Christ, Scientist, Princeton) on Sundays and Wednesdays and regularly scheduled rides to and from Princeton throughout the week.

Guests who are at Tenacre for Christian Science nursing care are accompanied by a member(s) of the Christian Science Nursing Department, as needed, for support and safety.

General

We offer daily round trips to Princeton Monday through Friday. Occasional Saturday service is provided.

The nearest Amtrak stations are Princeton Junction and Trenton, NJ. The Princeton Junction station is also served by NJ Transit.

Trenton is the closest, about 20 minutes away. However, it is served only by Frontier Airlines.

Newark with service by most major airlines, is an hour away. The airport’s Air Train monorail takes you to Newark Airport train station where the Northeast Corridor train line takes you to Princeton Junction.

Philadelphia, with service by most major airlines, is also an hour away.

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.

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

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.

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

Homecare

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.

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

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

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.

Christian Science Nursing School

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The accommodations are provided to students free of charge.

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

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

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

Christian Scientists-in-Residence

Tenacre invites Christian Scientists who are members of The Mother Church to join a Christian community bound by their commitment to the practice of Christian Science and their active participation in Tenacre’s mission and ministries.

No. You are welcome to bring your own furniture.

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.

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

We offer daily round trips to Princeton Monday through Friday. Occasional Saturday service is provided.

The nearest Amtrak stations are Princeton Junction and Trenton, NJ. The Princeton Junction station is also served by NJ Transit.

Trenton is the closest, about 20 minutes away. However, it is served only by Frontier Airlines.

Newark with service by most major airlines, is an hour away. The airport’s Air Train monorail takes you to Newark Airport train station where the Northeast Corridor train line takes you to Princeton Junction.

Philadelphia, with service by most major airlines, is also an hour away.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The accommodations are provided to students free of charge.

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

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

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

Tenacre invites Christian Scientists who are members of The Mother Church to join a Christian community bound by their commitment to the practice of Christian Science and their active participation in Tenacre’s mission and ministries.

No. You are welcome to bring your own furniture.

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.

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

Christian Science nurses are Christian Scientists. They provide spiritual reassurance and practical care for Christian Scientists relying exclusively on Christian Science for healing. A description of the role and its activities is included in the Scope of Services document, prepared by The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and may be found on Christian Science.com. For more information on the type of care a Christian Science nurse provides, please click here

  • Rely radically on God for healing as taught in Christian Science.
  • Commune with God, with the purpose of spiritual growth and regeneration, for “growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love and good deeds” (Science and Health, p. 4).
  • Work in harmonious partnership with Christian Science nurses and other members of the Tenacre community

No. However, all guests do need to be practicing Christian Scientists. One of the principles guiding guests at Tenacre is “…. a guest has chosen radical reliance on God for healing as taught in Christian Science.”

Each guest has a private room and bathroom with a shower. The rooms include a bed, reclining chair, desk, closet, chest of drawers, and artwork. Each building has common living and dining rooms for guests to enjoy.

We recommend that only a few items be brought from home, such as clothing and toiletries for a short stay.

It is our expectation that you will be praying for yourself daily and engaging a Christian Science practitioner to work for you as needed throughout your stay at Tenacre.

No. While we understand that individuals may choose to use these products at home, Tenacre feels that their use is not in keeping with the practice of Christian Science.

Yes, their applications will be considered with the understanding that their legal guardian will be with them at all times during their stay.

Tenacre is considering how we can best meet the needs of experienced Christian Scientists who regularly ask this question. Please call and talk with us. We’d love to hear from you!

Individuals can come by plane, train, or a service (car or ambulance) and can be accompanied by family or a private duty Christian Science nurse. Visit our Contact Us  page for more information.

Pets can bring such joy to the guests! Please let us know of your interest. There are some guidelines to follow during pet visits.

No, although Tenacre does offer financial assistance. Applicants can complete a financial disclosure form during the admission process.

A list of Christian Science nursing facilities may be found in the Christian Science Journal directory in print and online. Visit https://jsh.christianscience.com and use the search box in the Christian Science Journal directory.

Christian Science nurses encourage and support normal activity and movement. Our guests do not typically ask for physical therapy, but instead work for complete healing with a Christian Science Practitioner. If you feel the need to visit a physical therapist while at Tenacre, please speak with Christian Science nursing management.

We offer daily reading of the Bible Lesson, Church services, hymn sings, assistance with Christian Science study, walking paths on the property, eating at the cafeteria, and special monthly trips to local areas of interest, such as a formal garden, art museums, and even the Jersey Shore. Tenacre offers transportation to the Princeton church (First Church of Christ, Scientist, Princeton) on Sundays and Wednesdays and regularly scheduled rides to and from Princeton throughout the week.

Guests who are at Tenacre for Christian Science nursing care are accompanied by a member(s) of the Christian Science Nursing Department, as needed, for support and safety.

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