Annual Meeting FAQs

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Annual Meeting 2020


Theme: Our duty to God, to our Leader, and to mankind

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
—Psalms 40:8

It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Manual of The Mother Church, Article VIII, Sect. 6


The meeting will be held in the Extension of The Mother Church in Boston and broadcast live online Monday, June 8, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. (You can find your local time on this World Clock). You're welcome to come to Boston to view it in person (please see Weekend Guide) or to watch it online in your community. A video replay will be available within 24 hours. Annual Meeting and the weekend events will all be live streamed on the Annual Meeting webpage


What are the events this year?

There will be other events starting Saturday, June 6 through Monday, June 8. A list of events (below) include information about how they will be shared online. 

All the meetings will be in English, but this year they all will also be simultaneously interpreted in French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, for both visitors attending in person and watching online. A replay of Annual Meeting and week-end events in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish will be available for you to watch online a few days later.

Annual Meeting Events

Saturday, June 6

7:00-8:15 pm: Hymn Sing

Sunday, June 7

1:00-3:00 pm: Explore together the significance of the Manual of The Mother Church By-law, “Alertness to Duty”

Monday, June 8

1:00 pm Annual Meeting 2020


Please join us in Boston or online for our Annual Meeting.


Will Annual Meeting be interpreted into other languages?

All the meetings will be held in English, but this year they all will be simultaneously interpreted in French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, for both visitors attending in person and watching online. A replay of Annual Meeting and week-end events in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish will be available for you to watch online a few days later. Also, the September 2020 issue of The Herald of Christian Science will include a report.   


Travel assistance answers (for visas, etc.)

The Mother Church does not provide visa assistance or financial aid for Annual Meeting or other events or summits. However members of The Mother Church may apply to the Clerk's office for letters of invitation needed for visa purposes. 


Plan your trip

Coming to Boston? Find out about other events Saturday, June 6, through Monday, June 8, 2020.
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How you can share information about Annual Meeting

We’d love for you to send friends information about the meeting or invite them to join with you to view the meeting together. A branch church or society may choose to share information in a newsletter to members, post information on bulletin boards, mention the event at meetings, host a gathering for members and friends to view the meeting together, mention it in desk announcements, put information about it in the Reading Room, and let members who don't have computers know where they can see the webcast.


Childcare Registration

The Mother Church looks forward to welcoming you and your children to Annual Meeting on Monday, June 8. Childcare is provided for children through age 6. The doors of the Extension and for Childcare open at noon. There will be age-appropriate activities, and children will be served a light snack. Childcare closes at the conclusion of Annual Meeting. There is no cost for childcare.

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Is The Mother Church wheelchair accessible?

The Mother Church Extension and the Original edifice, along with the Publishing House Lobby, are wheelchair accessible.

Individuals in wheelchairs can be dropped off by car at the Mother Church Extension and then park the car in the garage. If the individual is comfortable walking up a few stairs, they can park in the garage and use the entrance to the Church where they'll be able to access an escalator and then an elevator to all levels of the Church.


Listen by telephone?

While we hope people will be able to see the video of the live webcast, we understand that there are a few cases where that isn't possible. You can listen to the live webcast of Annual Meeting and most of the events by calling 1-617-936-2890, access code: 0701029#. Please note that this option is available in English only and can only accommodate up to 100 callers. There will not be any replays via phone.


Annual Meeting replays and published reports

The replays of Annual Meeting and most of the events will be available within 24 hours after each event. The downloads will be available about a week later.

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. The replays of the events are also available for one year.

There will be a report about the meeting in the September issue of The Christian Science Journal as well as a shorter report in the September issues of the French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish Heralds. All the meetings will be in English, but this year they all will also be simultaneously interpreted in French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, for both visitors attending in person and online. A replay of Annual Meeting and week-end events in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish will be available for you to watch online a few days later.


More questions?

If you are planning to come to Boston to attend the meeting in person, please visit the Weekend Guide. You can also email questions to AnnualMeeting@christianscience.com
or call 1-800-288-7155 or +1-617-450-3481 (outside US/Canada). Our staff answers the phones Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT.


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.