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First Church of Christ, Scientist, Philadelphia, PA

A Warm Welcome to Our Church

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalms 133

We are here for you and yours, and for the whole world. We invite you to attend services, bring children to Sunday School, visit our Reading Room, and become part of our Church family.

We are a Bible-based, Christian church focused on healing and based on the word and works of Christ Jesus and the teachings of Christian Science.  We welcome all seekers.

We are a branch of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts.

Thus, we are part of the worldwide Christian Science movement founded by Mary Baker Eddy in New England more than a century ago. 

A deeply devoted student of the Bible, Mrs. Eddy wrote and published our textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “to reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.”

Today, students throughout out the globe rely on Christian Science to grow spiritually, and to protect and heal themselves, their families, and the world.


This branch Church dates back to the early years of the 20th century and includes a long history of caring, sharing, and demonstrating the healing principles of Christian Science.

After its preliminary years of organizing, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Philadelphia held its initial services in June 1910 in a large new edifice in West Philadelphia. In the 1990’s First and Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist combined to form a new church entity embracing Center City and West Philadelphia, and located in Fifth Church’s historic building on Pine Street in Center City.

In 2013, this building was sold and temporary quarters secured. In 2015 the Church relocated to the Society Hill/Independence Hall neighborhood to another historic building.

After complete remodeling, this facility provides light, peace, harmony and a welcoming atmosphere to visitors and members. It includes an auditorium for services, together with a Sunday School and Christian Science Reading Room.

Sunday Service

With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Psalm 119

Our services bring inspiration and healing, and share the teachings of the Bible and Christ Jesus and their application to daily life.

The sermon consists of citations from the Bible, and our textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. They are read by a First Reader and Second Reader, elected annually by our members. The citations can be studied each week in the Christian Science Quarterly.

At our Sunday services you will also be inspired by piano and organ music, a solo, and three hymns sung by the congregation.

Wednesday Testimony Meeting

Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

At our Wednesday meetings, readings are customized to the needs of the congregation and the community. You will hear fellow attendees share insights, experiences and testimonies of healings they have had as a result of prayer and the study of Christian Science. Hymns and music are also a part of each service.

Sunday School

In our Sunday School– children up to the age of 20 learn the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sermon on the Mount, and how to apply their lessons at school and home.

You are welcome to bring children in your family or neighborhood to our Sunday School.

Reading Room

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

Our Reading Room is a quiet haven, a place which embraces our community. Here you can read and study the Bible, read Christian Science literature, peruse the Christian Science Monitor, and speak to a Librarian about Christian Science.

You can also borrow or purchase the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. Both are available in a variety of languages, as are leaflets, periodicals, CD’s and more.

The Reading Room is designed to be a peaceful place to explore spiritual answers to life’s questions.
You are invited to visit, study the truths found there, and nurture your growth spirit-ward.


Christian Science Practitioners: Are you looking for healing? Seeking prayerful support? Practitioners dedicate their lives to the full time practice of Christian Science healing. You may find a directory of Christian Science practitioners by city or state here.

The Bible: We use the King James version of the Bible in our services and study. You can access it online here.

The Christian Science Textbook: “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” shares Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery of Christian healing and the results of her deep study of the BIble. You can read or listen to it here.

Christian Science website: A wide array or Christian Science-related resources can be found at

The Daily Lift: For daily inspiration, you can listen to a short talk of under four minutes each weekday. Find the link here.

Christian Science Monitor: Available in both online and print versions, the Monitor provides high quality journalism and coverage of current events throughout the world. It values accuracy and holds as its mission: “To injure no man, but to bless all mankind.” You can access the Monitor here.

Church, Reading Room and Contact Information

Sunday Service
and Sunday School
11:00 AM (childcare available)
Wednesday Testimony Meeting
Wednesday: 7:30 PM
Thanksgiving Day Service
11:00 AM
Reading Room Hours
Tuesdays 10am - 1pm,
Wednesdays 3 - 7pm.
Please call to confirm hours, for information, or to place an order...
215 922 0838
Church and Reading Room
225 Chestnut St (at Bank St)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Church and Reading Room Location
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