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 7:30 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 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 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
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.
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
- “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
- “Living in Abundance”
- “Step Out of Your Story and Into Freedom”
Life: Could it be that God didn’t intend you to age?”
is it that connects prayer with healing?”
- "Faith, Christianity, and Health"
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
to any of our services
the church and leave a message
• Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
try to respond as soon as possible!
You can also visit
the following websites for more information on Christian Science: