Welcome to First Church!


Our members are Christian Scientists, and we’re a branch of The Mother Church – known as The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA*.

As Christian Scientists, we base our spiritual practices on the Bible (both Old and New Testaments), using the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy as our key to understanding the Bible. We do our best to follow the teachings of Jesus, not only in overcoming sin but also in healing disease through spiritual means, as he taught.

Our members are regular people. We include musicians, lobbyists, professors, fundraisers, graphic designers, consultants, and journalists. And we’ve come together at First Church, Washington DC, to bring a spiritual perspective and healing presence to the heart of the city. We hope you’ll join us!

Visit » Open your week – and recharge the middle of your week – with inspiration from our Sunday Service and our Wednesday testimony meetings. We’d love to meet you, so feel free to come for a visit.

Christian Science Reading Room » We support two Reading Rooms (Downtown and Adams Morgan) that are open Monday through Friday for everyone to stop in for spiritual refreshment.

Youth » in our church means everyone – a community of youthful thinkers. We have a Sunday School for children and teens, and avenues for lifelong learning, including how to heal. Let’s go!

Note: if you’re interested in what’s happening with Third Church’s new building at the corners of 16th and I Streets, NW, click here.

On Friday, July 24, First and Third Churches of Christ, Scientist in Washington, DC, merged.