- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Two Butte churches that have been open for more than 100 years are closing their doors for good.

The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/1exZqF7 ) Trinity United Methodist Church and Mountain View United Methodist Church will host their final services Sunday after a combined 254 years of serving church-goers.

Pastor Ron Martin-Dent says the closures are inevitable due to a lack of resources to support the buildings and the pastor’s salary, as well as a dwindling congregation.

Both Trinity and Mountain View churchgoers are mostly retired and older adults, many of whom grew up in the church.

Pastor Kama Hamilton-Morton says older churches now have to figure out how to serve a new community, as young families look to more progressive, modern churches.

Both Hamilton-Morton and Martin-Dent will lead Sunday’s final services.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, https://www.mtstandard.com


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