Local events on the Plaza

The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Mary Baker Eddy was the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. The Library provides public access and context to original materials and educational experiences about her life, ideas, and achievements. The Library also houses the world-famous Mapparium®.

Visit the event calendar on The Mary Baker Eddy Library website.

People reading at the Reading Room in Boston

The Mother Church Reading Room

The Christian Science Reading Room in Boston and its sister Reading Rooms around the world have been advancing spiritual healing in communities since 1888. Stop by to ask questions, sample or buy resources, and attend weekly and special events.

Music on The Christian Science Plaza

Enjoy organ music, a solo that supports the spiritual message of the sermon, and hymn singing during church services, plus organ and outdoor chiming concerts all year around. 

Following on from the success and popularity of Street Pianos Boston 2013, Celebrity Series of Boston is bringing the project back to the city from September 23 to October 10, 2016. During this time, 60 street pianos—all decorated by local artists and community groups—will be available for anyone to play and enjoy. One of the street pianos will on the Christian Science Plaza. If you play the piano, we invite you to come try it out. And if not, come hear your neighbors make some music!

The Organ of The Mother Church extension

The Organ of The Mother Church

There are two organs built by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston at The Mother Church: one in the Original Edifice and one in the large-domed Extension of The Mother Church. The organ in the Extension is one of the largest in the world with a total of 13,384 pipes, ranging from the size of a pencil to 32 feet in length. It is played from the four-manual console located in front of the platform. Both organs can be heard during church services every Wednesday and Sunday. The Church hosts regular organ concerts (Pipes on the Plaza) in the Extension throughout the year by accomplished organists from the Boston area, including Bryan Ashley, Organist of The Mother Church.

Pipes on The Plaza concert series at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston

Every other month, organ concerts are presented by accomplished organists from around the Boston area, including Bryan Ashley, Organist of The Mother Church. These consist of midday concerts, a yearly afternoon concert as part of the Fenway Alliance’s “Opening Our Doors” activities,* a First Night Organ Concert,** and special events in conjunction with the American Guild of Organists. 

Upcoming Concerts (in the Extension of The Mother Church)

Tuesday, February 14, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Wesley Hall
Minister of Music and the Arts, First Baptist Church, Worcester

Tuesday, April 11, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Karen Christianson
International Concert Organist, Student at Harvard University

Tuesday, June 13, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
John Robinson
Organist & Master of the Choristers, St. Paul’s, Harvard Square

Tuesday, August 8, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
David Danielson Eaton
Director of Music & Organist, Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester

Monday, October 9, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Fenway Alliance-Opening Our Doors Festival
Bryan Ashley
Organist of The Mother Church 

Chimers of The Mother Church

The Mother Church has had bells in the Church’s towers for well over a century. A chime of fifteen tubular bells, founded by the United States Tubular Bell Company of Methuen, Massachusetts, was installed in the bell tower of the Original Edifice of The Mother Church in 1894. A decade later, in 1906, a chime of eleven bells (later expanded to thirteen), founded by the Meneely Bell Company of Troy, New York, was installed in the cupola of the Extension of The Mother Church. This set was used until 1984, when a new chime of eighteen bells, founded by Royal Eijsbouts of Asten, in the Netherlands, was installed in the bell tower of the Original Edifice.

The bells are played by volunteer musicians who are members of The Mother Church. You can hear chiming ringing out over the Plaza at the following times:

  • 9:30 am and 4:30 pm on Sundays, for 15-20 minutes before church services (there are no evening services in July and August)
  • 11:30 am and 7:00 pm on Wednesdays, for 15-20 minutes before testimony meetings
  • Summer Friday evening concerts in July
  • Special concerts, as announced