First Church of Christ, Scientist, Wilmington
1620 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
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 7:3 0 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.
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
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 also order Christian Science literature including the textbook, Science and Health,
which is a practical guide to spiritual living and, with the Bible, a "self‑improvement" manual of the highest
Public Service Activities
In our community we also sponsor weekly broadcasts of one of the Christian Science periodicals, the Christian
Science Sentinel. These broadcasts are on WAAV‑980 radio at 10 AM every Sunday. The print version of this periodical,
along with other periodicals, including the Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Quarterly,
are available 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.
At least once per year, our church sponsors free public talks, or lectures, by experienced
Christian Science speakers on topics of local interest including spiritual healing. Our next two talks will be on February
20 and 21, 2015.
1. On February 20 at 2:00 PM, Mark Swinney, CSB, will speak at Brightmore Independent Living
(2324 41st Street, Wilmington) on the subject “Eternal Life: Could it be that God didn’t intend
you to age?” Because this talk is co-sponsored by Brightmore Independent Living as part of the Brightmore University
activity series for seniors, please note that attendance is limited to those age 50 and above, and RSVP is requested (910-350-1980). This talk is free. Parking is available, but child care is not.
2. On February 21 at 1:30 PM, Mr. Swinney will speak at the New Hanover County Northeast Branch Library
(1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington) on the subject “What is it that connects prayer with healing?” The
talk is free, and the public is welcome. Parking and child care are available.
. Other recent talks sponsored by this church 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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll try to respond as soon as possible!
You can also visit
the following websites for more information on Christian Science: