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First Church of Christ, Scientist, Wilmington


1620 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-5202


Our church, located in the historic area of Wilmington, North Carolina. The church began its spiritual activity in the early 20th century and continues to support the individual and collective pursuit of spiritual healing and worship through its two weekly services, outreach programs, literature, reading room and Sunday School. This church follows both the teachings and practice of the Master, Christ Jesus, and the founder and discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. We conduct a Sunday service at 10 AM, and a Wednesday evening testimony meeting at 7:30 PM. We welcome all children under the age of 20 to our Sunday School, which meets at the same time as the Sunday service. Child care for very young children is provided at the Sunday service and the Wednesday evening meeting.


Sunday Service 10:00 - 11:00
Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30
Sunday School and Nursery provided at the same time as the services.


We welcome everyone to our services. The Sunday service culminates a week of study of the Christian Science Lesson‑Sermon, consisting of topical readings from the King James version of the Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. At the Sunday service, two lay Readers conduct the service, reading aloud the selections from the Lesson‑Sermon for that week. Three hymns are sung, and there is a solo sung by a trained musician. A collection is taken at the end of the service. The order of service and the Lesson‑Sermon are provided in the Christian Science Quarterly, a copy of which is provided to everyone attending the service.

The Wednesday evening meeting begins with topical readings from the Bible and Science and Health by the First Reader. These are approximately 20‑30 minutes in length. This is followed by a period where anyone can give gratitude for healings or inspiration they've experienced from their study of Christian Science. This healing service includes the singing of 3 hymns.  Everyone is welcome.


Sunday School
Sunday School is held at the same time as the Sunday service. In the Sunday School, children are taught practical spirituality appropriate for their ages. Early lessons include the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, and other lessons appropriate for their age. Older children are taught healing concepts and methods to help them deal with the daily issues they face. All of these lessons focus on a God who is all‑loving, who helps us overcome all types of problems and does not punish us for things we cannot help. The Sunday School and the church services help build our trust in a God who can help us deal successfully with any issue from disease to fear to relationship problems or to sin of many kinds.

Reading Room

Our church, like all local Christian Science churches, operates a Reading Room that is open to the public Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 2 PM, Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:15 PM, and by appointment. The Reading Room is located in the church building at 1620 Chestnut Street. Anyone can come in and read, study, or pray, or simply ask questions of the attendant about spirituality and healing. They can purchase or order Christian Science literature including the Bible, the Christian Science textbook Science and Health, which is a practical guide to spiritual living and, with the Bible, a "self‑improvement" manual of the highest order. 

Christian Science periodicals including the print version of The Christian Science Journal, the Christian Science Sentinel, the Christian Science Quarterly, and The Christian Science Monitor are available for purchase in the Reading Room. The Christian Science Journal also contains contact information for Christian Science practitioners in many communities throughout the world, including Wilmington. These individuals devote their full time to responding to requests for prayer for healing. The Christian Science Monitor is an international newspaper widely respected for its thorough and unbiased reporting, available in a daily online format or weekly print format.

In the Reading Room you can also access JSH Online, an online gateway to 130 years of articles in The Christian Science Journal, the Christian Science Sentinel, and The Herald of Christian Science, as well as other online written and audio content from the Christian Science Publishing Society.

Public Service Activities 
 Public Talks

At least once per year, this branch church sponsors one or more free public talks by experienced Christian Science teachers and practitioners on spirituality and healing to the public.  These individuals are designated by the Christian Science headquarters church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, to conduct these public talks in communities around the world.  The next public talk sponsored by this branch church is expected in the Spring of 2018.  Please check back with this website for details when they become available.

 Everyone is welcome.

Talks sponsored by this church in the past include the following:
  • “The Power of Love to Overcome Violence.”  o
  • "Prayer That Heals in Every Language," in Spanish and in English
  • “Can Christian Science Really Heal Sickness and Sin?”
  • “Prayer:  Practical Solutions in Economic Hard Times”
  • "The healing Power of the Bible"
  • “Finding a Secure Place in God’s Economy.” 
  • Living in Abundance 
  • “Step Out of Your Story and Into Freedom”
  • “Eternal Life:  Could it be that God didn’t intend you to age?”
  • “What is it that connects prayer with healing?”
  • "Faith, Christianity, and Health"
  • "Making Meaningful Change:  How God’s Love Can Change Your Life and the World"


Do you have questions about Christian Science or about our church? About Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures or its author Mary Baker Eddy? About spiritual healing? About how to get in touch with a Christian Science practitioner?

 If so,you can:

•  Drop by our Reading Room between noon and 2 PM any Tuesday or Thursday

•  Come to any of our services

•  Call the church and leave a message

•  Send an email to

We'll try to respond as soon as possible!


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•        Daily Lift, a short inspirational podcast
•        Teen Connect, which includes the reading of an article from the Christian 
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•        The reading of a healing from the Christian Science periodicals

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