Start a church or society

We welcome your interest in starting a group, Society, or Church  

Starting an informal Christian Science group

Informal groups are students of Christian Science – and anyone who loves the healing ideas in the Bible and Science and Health – who get together to read the Christian Science Bible Lesson or hold informal services. Some meet in public places (e.g. a library or community center) to make the message of Christian Science more widely available. This also allows them to advertise their services in local newspapers or on community bulletin boards.

By making spiritual healing the core of their activity, and by using the ideas found in the Bible and Science and Health to meet their individual needs as well as to those of their friends and neighbors, groups oftentimes grow to become Christian Science societies or branch churches. Groups can’t sponsor lectures, but they can make Science and Health more accessible and available to the world by participating in local events such as book fairs and farmers’ markets.

The Mother Church provides groups with books and literature at a discount.

Any informal group that would like a Reading Room account number and/or to be included in the group directory can email Info@christianscience.com.

Forming a Christian Science society

To advertise in The Christian Science Journal as a society, members need to meet the following requirements:

  • A solid record of healing in the community,
  • Enough local, active members to support the activities advertised,
  • Weekly public Sunday church services,
  • Readers (as well as their substitutes) who are members of The Mother Church,
  • An attitude of Christian fellowship towards all other Christian Science branches advertising in The Christian Science Journal and The Herald of Christian Science (Church Manual, Article XXIII, Sect. 12).

Societies are also welcome to include in their activities Wednesday testimony meetings, lectures, Sunday School activities, Reading Rooms, etc.

To request an application for advertising as a Society in the Journal, please email Info@christianscience.com.

Becoming a branch Church of Christ, Scientist

The requirements for organizing a branch church are set forth in the Church Manual, Article XXIII, Sections 6 and 7.

In order to begin advertising in The Christian Science Journal, a branch Church, of Christ, Scientist, needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Weekly public Sunday services, as well as Wednesday meetings (Church Manual, Article XIV, Sect. 2, and Article III, Sect. 2),
  • A membership with at least 16 loyal Christian Scientists, of which at least four are members of The Mother Church and one is an active Journal-advertised practitioner (Church Manual, Article XXIII, Sect. 7),
  • Readers and substitute Readers who are members of The Mother Church (Church Manual, Article III, Sect. 6),
  • A Sunday School, a Christian Science Reading Room, and at least one Christian Science lecture per year (Church Manual, Article XX, Article XXI, and XXXII, Sect. 4),
  • An attitude of Christian fellowship towards all other Christian Science branches advertising in The Christian Science Journal and The Herald of Christian Science (Church Manual, Article XXIII, Sect. 12).

To request an application for advertising as a branch church in the Journal, please email Info@christianscience.com.