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Once, the church on High Street pulsated with activity: parents and children, dinners and dances. But as the decades passed, the Congregational Church of West Medford began to wither, its very survival in question. That is when desperation gave birth to possibility, and the congregation voted to sell the old church, move into a storefront -- and see if salvation could be found in a place called Sanctuary. -- photography by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff [ Read More ]

Children raced around the church lawn searching for Easter eggs on the day of the last Easter service at the Congregational Church of West Medford, in 2014. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)