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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 7:3 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. Beginning October 7, there will be a Wednesday noon testimony meeting from 12:15 to 1 PM on the first Wednesday of each month.  This meeting is in addition to the Sunday services and Wednesday evening testimony meetings.  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 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 order.

 Public Service Activities
 Radio Programs

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.

 Public Talks
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. The talks we sponsored this year were on February 20 and 21, 2015.  Our next sponsored talk will likely be in early 2016.

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?”


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

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