Annual Meeting FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How can I share information about Annual Meeting?

Thank you for considering this! Fellow members attending online have live streamed the meeting and gathered with others in their homes, at their church, or at their Reading Room. (This is especially helpful to those without internet or computer access). You can also ask your branch church to share information in a newsletter or on a church bulletin board, mention it at church services or meetings, or share information in your Reading Room. Please find resources for sharing about this year’s Annual Meeting in our Dropbox folder.

Will Annual Meeting and events be interpreted into other languages?

Simultaneous live interpretation in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish will be offered for  Sunday’s inspirational meeting and Monday’s Annual Meeting. A replay of the meetings in these languages will be posted online by June 12. The hymn sing and other weekend events will be in English only.

Where can I find Annual Meeting replays and published reports?

The replay of Annual Meeting in English will be available online within 24 hours. The download will be available about a week later. A replay of the meeting in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish will be posted online by June 12.

You can replay the Annual Meeting video webcast or download it to your computer or mobile device for one year after the event. (The Annual Meeting videos are only available for one year due to copyright restrictions.)

There will be a report about the meeting in the September issues of The Christian Science Journal and The Herald of Christian Science.

What if I have other questions?

You can email questions to or call 1-800-288-7155 or +1-617-450-2000 (outside US/Canada). Our staff answers the phones Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET.

Viewing Online Questions

How can I watch the online broadcast of Annual Meeting and certain weekend events?

Annual Meeting goes live online 60 minutes prior to the 1:00 p.m. ET start time, and the musical prelude begins at 12:50 p.m. ET.  The other weekend events that offer an online live stream will be broadcast at their corresponding start times. The broadcast window will appear on top of the Annual Meeting landing page, and the broadcast can be started by clicking on the triangular “Play” button in the middle of the window for each event.

How can I listen to Annual Meeting and the Sunday inspirational meeting in other languages?

The broadcast window will appear at the top of the Annual Meeting landing page. Start the broadcast by clicking on the triangular “Play” button in the middle of the window. The language links above the broadcast window will allow online visitors to switch the interpretation language or view the original broadcast in English.

Can I listen to Annual Meeting by telephone?

While we hope people will be able to watch the live webcast of Annual Meeting, we understand that there are a few situations where that isn’t possible. You can listen to the live webcast of Annual Meeting and weekend events by calling 1-646-558-8656, access code: 969 9392 8161# (same as online church services).

Please note that this option is available only in English. There will not be any replays via phone. Phone charges, if any, are the responsibility of the caller.

What if I’m having trouble viewing the webcast?

There are some simple steps listed on our Webcast help guide that may help resolve the problem. The webcast can be viewed on a computer and on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices, in many, but not all, cases. If you need further assistance, please call us at 1-800-288-7155 or +1-617-450-2000 (outside US/Canada).

In Person Attendance Questions

Does the Mother Church provide travel or visa assistance?

The Mother Church does not provide visa assistance or financial aid for attending Annual Meeting or other events. However, members of The Mother Church may apply to the Clerk’s office for letters of invitation needed for visa purposes. Please reach out to to request a letter or indicate your request for a letter in the registration form.

Are there any lodging recommendations?

We recommend that you reserve your accommodations before making flight reservations. Many visitors come to Boston this weekend, and hotels fill up quickly. You can find more accommodations at reasonable prices in the surrounding communities.

We are also offering discount codes for three Back Bay area hotels, near The Mother Church. Please visit the lodging information page for details.

Additionally, here is a list of hotels and guest lodgings in the Back Bay of Boston and some in nearby areas. The Mother Church does not endorse any of these facilities. Feel free to contact a travel agent. There is no service at The Mother Church for connecting visitors with members who have space in their home and welcome paying guests.

If I have questions when I am in Boston, where can I go?

Hospitality Center and Hours

Hospitality Center | 617-450-3788

Saturday, June 1, 2:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Sunday, June 2, 11:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 3, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please note: The Hospitality Center will not be open during Church services, Saturday’s hymn sing, Sunday’s inspirational meeting, and Monday’s Annual Meeting.

The Hospitality Center is located in the Portico, the area with the large glass doors at the front of the Church. Meet with friendly and knowledgeable Boston-area Church members at the Hospitality Center. They are happy to provide:

  • Answers to your questions

  • Programs in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish

  • Restaurant and area maps

  • Information about parking and transportation

  • Lost and found information

  • Wheelchair and accessibility information

What else can I do at the Christian Science Plaza during Annual Meeting weekend?

Please see our weekend schedule to find a variety of events happening throughout the weekend. The following attractions are also open to visitors over the weekend. See days and times below.

The Mother Church Reading Room | 194 Massachusetts Avenue

Be sure to stop by the newly renovated Mother Church Reading Room. (Closed during Church services, Saturday’s hymn sing, Sunday’s inspirational meeting, and Monday’s Annual Meeting.)

  • Friday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 2, 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

  • Monday, June 3, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Mary Baker Eddy Library | 210 Massachusetts Avenue
Research & Reference Services (4th Floor):

  • Friday, May 31, 12:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 2, 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Open House)

  • Monday, June 3, 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.

How Do You See the World? experience + Mapparium globe | 210 Massachusetts Avenue
(Closed during Church services, Saturday’s hymn sing, Sunday’s inspirational meeting, and Monday’s Annual Meeting.)

  • Friday, May 31, 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. 

  • Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 2, 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. 

  • Monday, June 3, 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, June 4, 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Church Tours

Sunday, June 2
Tours are directly following Church services.

11:30 a.m.
Meet in the Portico of The Mother Church Extension.

6:30 p.m.
Meet in the Portico of The Mother Church Extension.

Monday, June 3
Shortly after Annual Meeting
Meet in the Portico of The Mother Church Extension.

Find more information and additional tour times here.

Is childcare provided at any of the events?

Childcare will be provided for children through age 11 during the following events:

  • Saturday, June 1: Youth and Young Adult Activities

  • Sunday, June 2: Inspirational Meeting

  • Monday, June 3: Annual Meeting

Registration is required by May 16. Visit the childcare page for more information.

Is there a place to store my luggage during events?

You can store luggage in the coatroom in The Mother Church Extension as well as in the coatroom in the How Do You See the World? experience. Find details below. Due to the number of Annual Meeting visitors this year, we strongly recommend storing your luggage at your hotel or accommodation for retrieval before you leave Boston.

The Mother Church Extension coatroom

  • Available 30 minutes before the Saturday hymn sing and the Sunday inspirational meeting.

  • Available 60 minutes before Annual Meeting.

  • Closes 20 minutes after the conclusion of each event. 

The church will be locked after 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

The How Do You See the World? experience coatroom
Christian Science Publishing House

  • Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday and Monday

  • Open 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday

  • Open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday

  • Coatroom will be locked and luggage unavailable during Saturday’s hymn sing, Sunday’s inspirational meeting and Monday’s Annual Meeting.

Is there amplification assistance available?

Wireless headsets are available on each floor of the auditorium in English, French, German,
Portuguese, and Spanish. Please ask an usher on the floor where you are sitting. Please return the
headset to an usher after each event.

Is The Mother Church wheelchair-accessible?

The Mother Church Extension and the Original Edifice, along with the Publishing House lobby, are

Individuals in wheelchairs or walkers may use a newly installed elevator from the Plaza parking
garage for access to every level of the church, including the Church lobby and The Mother Church
Extension auditorium. They may also be dropped off by the Portico ramp on the Plaza by The Mother
Church Extension and then drivers can park their cars in the garage. If the individual is
comfortable walking up a few stairs, an escalator is also available from the garage.

How do I get from Boston Logan Airport to The Mother Church?

Those who are flying into Boston Logan International Airport for Annual Meeting have a few transportation options to get from the airport to The Mother Church and your nearby accommodations.

  1. Take an Uber, Lyft, or taxi. 

  2. Take the Logan Express Back Bay shuttle. Find information here.

Take the airport shuttle to the Blue Line MBTA (subway). Then take the Blue Line into the city. Use Google or Apple maps or the MBTA map.

What restaurants are nearby? What else can I do while I am in town?

Please see our map for an overview of nearby restaurants, all within a 15 minute walk or less of The Mother Church. You can check out Boston’s official website for tourism for more information about things to do in the city while you are in town.

Where should I park?

On Friday evening, May 31, and on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, June 1–3, free parking with validation will be available. Parking will be free with validation on Friday evening starting at 4:00 p.m., all day on Saturday and Sunday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday. This does not include overnight parking.

To validate your parking ticket, please take a ticket when you enter the garage and validate it using the machines by the escalator as you enter the Church from the garage or at the security desk in the Publishing House lobby. If you don’t see the machines, please ask an usher or host for help.

Please note that the Christian Science Plaza parking garage can get full on business days. If it is full, please try another local garage (see below). Carpooling and public transportation are highly recommended for Monday and Tuesday. You can park at the Greenhouse Garage (150 Huntington Avenue) or at the Prudential Center Garage (800 Boylston Street), as long as they have space available (please see rates below).

Garages and regular rates

Parking will be free with validation on Friday evening, May 31st; all day on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2; and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3, in the Christian Science Plaza’s underground parking garage (235 Huntington Avenue). For other days, please see the rates below (as of February 7, 2024).

Christian Science Plaza Garage

235 Huntington Avenue

The entrance to this garage is between 235 Huntington Avenue and Horticultural Hall (300 Massachusetts Avenue).

0–1 hour: $11
1.5 hours: $21
2 hours: $26
2.5 hours: $31
3–12 hours: $36
12–24 hours (overnight parking): $42

Weekend (up to 12 hours): $25
Evening (in after 5:00 p.m. and out before 12:00 a.m.): $20
Event: $30

Additional Parking Options

150 Huntington Avenue

Weekday rates:

0–1 hour $10

1–3 hours $18

3–10 hours $25

10–24 hours $32

800 Boylston Street

There are several entrances; you can get validations at some stores and restaurants in the Prudential Center.

Without validation

0–1 hour: $15

1–1.5 hours: $24

1.5–2 hours: $34

2–24 hours: $46

With validation entering between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

0–4 hours: $20

4–5 hours: $25

After 5 hours daily rates apply.

Entering after 5:00 p.m. and departing by 3:00 a.m.

$20 flat fee

Weekend schedule
Messages from the Christian Science Board of Directors
2023 Annual Meeting replay