Welcome to our beautiful city of Alameda and its First Church of Christ, Scientist. Our church has been holding services in Alameda since 1903. As one of the many world-wide branches of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, we are happy to share our church home with you.
Christian Science teaches that God is Love and that we are the loved sons and daughters of God. As Christ Jesus taught, understanding our divine nature brings healing into our lives. To learn more about our church, see below.
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
You, your family, and friends are warmly invited to attend our one-hour Sunday morning church service at 10 o’clock. Our sermon is based on a weekly Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly. The citations, read by elected members of our congregation membership, are from the King James Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. This healing service also includes the Lord’s Prayer, organ music, a vocal solo, and hymns.
Parking is available in our parking lot to the right of the church entrance.
WEDNESDAY EVENING TESTIMONY SERVICE
Everyone is welcome to attend our testimony meetings held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The meeting includes short readings from the King James Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy on a healing topic appropriate to the community. The remainder of the meeting is for the sharing of testimonies of healing and spiritual insights from the study of Christian Science. The meeting also includes the singing of hymns. Childcare is provided.
SUNDAY SCHOOL and CHILDCARE
Our Sunday School welcomes all children and young people up to the age of 20. Sunday School meets at 10:00 a.m., the same hour as our church service. Childcare is provided for toddlers and infants.
Sunday School teaching is based on the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Students learn about God’s ever-present care for them, as well as how to pray and heal the challenges they might face.
The Ten Commandments, Christ Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy, and Bible stories and healings from the Old and New Testaments are among the first lessons.
If you are looking for a quiet place to study and pray or to learn more about Christian Science, please visit our Reading Room. The entrance is on the left side of our church at 1307 Walnut Street, Alameda.
Among the resources you will find at the Reading Room are the weekly Bible Lesson,various translations of the Bible and Bible research publications, writings by Mary Baker Eddy, periodicals including The Christian Science Monitor, and other authorized Christian Science literature. Resources may be borrowed or purchased. The Reading Room attendant welcomes your questions.
To discover more about the resources and products available in our Reading Room, click here.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Alameda, California, was organized on January 19, 1898, and incorporated under the laws of the State of California in March 1903. In 1907, the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Walnut Street was purchased. In 1920, Carl Werner (1875-1943) was hired as architect and Ira Coburn as contractor to build the church edifice. The structure was completed in January 1922, and on Sunday, February 12, 1922, the church held three opening services at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 8 p.m.
The church edifice, built in reinforced concrete, was designed in an elegant neoclassical style. A spacious foyer leads into the auditorium that has a seating capacity of 210. In 1978, the church was designated an historic landmark by the City of Alameda.
There were two additions to the original structure. In 1954 architect Andrew Haas redesigned the interior of the east wing and added a nursery wing. And in 1995, the Sunday School underwent a major renovation, providing sound-partitioned classrooms, a library, a classical pergola structure, and direct access to a welcome room for greeting families and holding meetings with teachers.
The original 1921 pipe organ, installed by the Hall Organ Company of New Haven, CT, included two manuals and pedal division encompassing 650 pipes. In 2006, the organ was rebuilt by the Robert Pearson Company of Ludington, MI. With new pipe work and a state-of-the-art electronic relay switchboard, the organ now has 15 ranks of 860 pipes plus two digitally produced voices all perfectly scaled to a live auditorium that has a reverberation of 2 and ¾ seconds
In 2019 the Reading Room was moved from a central Alameda storefront into a newly renovated space on the Walnut Street-facing side of the church, with its own address, 1307 Walnut Street.
LECTURES and EVENTS
There are no lectures or events planned at this time. Please check back at a later date.
HELPFUL LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION
- About Christian Science
- Tenets of Christian Science
- Directory of Christian Science Practitioners
- Directory of Christian Science Nurses
- The Christian Science Monitor
- The Christian Science Journal
- Christian Science Sentinel
- Christian Science Sentinel Radio
- The Herald of Christian Science
- TMC Youth