Below you’ll find some of the key applications and forms you’ll need to join The First Church of Christ, Scientist.
I want to…
Applications for membership are welcome now. The next admission of new members will take place on November 5, 2021. Completed forms for the next admission must reach the Clerk no later than November 3, 2021. But there's no need to wait! Applications can be sent in as soon as complete. As you are considering membership, you'll want to review the platform of Christian Science found in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (pp. 330-340). You may also want to review the Tenets of The Mother Church and "Qualifications for membership" in the Church Manual (pp. 15 and 34).
Determine which application form to use
If you have been taught by an authorized Christian Science teacher, use Form 1 (below).
If you have not been taught by an authorized Christian Science teacher, use Form 2 (below)
If you have been taught by an authorized Christian Science teacher, but your teacher will not be signing your application, use the Online Form.
Print the form
Download and print the correct form below. The form is two pages; feel free to print it double-sided on a single sheet.
If you prefer to use the online application, you will still need to print the form once completed, and mail it to the Office of the Clerk.
To receive an application by mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-617-450-3481.
Complete the form
Sign your name to the Tenets.
Complete the name and address section—please write legibly.
Have the appropriate Church members approve and/or countersign the form. The countersigner must be a teacher of Christian Science (C.S.B.) authorized by the Board of Education.
If you are under legal age in your country, ask a parent or guardian to sign the permission section of the form.
Get approval signatures
Form 1: Your teacher will sign the application and send it to the Clerk of The Mother Church. NOTE: No additional signature is required.
Form 2: A member of The Mother Church must approve the application and sign the form, then the member will give your application to a Christian Science teacher to countersign and send to the Clerk of The Mother Church. NOTE: If a Christian Science teacher signs as the member, there is no need for an additional signature.
Special Form: Note: The special form should be signed in compliance with the Church Manual By-Law Article V, Section 4, Exceptional Cases.
Mail the form to the following address:
The First Church of Christ, Scientist Membership, P06-10
210 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-3195
After we receive the form
We will send you an email or a letter letting you know we have received your application.
If the application is incomplete, we will write to let you know what is missing.
There have been instances when mail has been delayed or lost. If you have submitted an application but have not heard from us within a month, please follow up to be sure we have received it.
If you move after you send in your application but before you are admitted, please email email@example.com.
Dear Members of The Mother Church:
From El Bolsón, a small mountain town in the Argentine Patagonia, I send you all my affection and gratitude. I was first introduced to Christian Science here where a small group of students met to read the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly.
I still have some copies of the Herald, Journal, and Sentinel that were shared with me, containing articles and testimonies that were probably written by some of you. How many blessings and how much progress they offered me! Thank you! I soon discovered that there was a large family of church members around the world that made this possible as they allowed themselves to be moved by divine Love—the Christ in action—in their lives.
This honest, consistent work of so many united Christian disciples throughout the years continues to be necessary today. The church, as an organization, must continue to give proof of its utility by helping mankind, because the world seems to parallel the description given by Mary Baker Eddy in the textbook when she says: “This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 96). Mankind will continue to strive for a higher sense of things until the allness of good, Spirit, is demonstrated. In these pages she also tells us what role we will need to play: “... those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection” (Science and Health, p. 97).
As we rise to the understanding of God as One, as All, we will feel the sacred impetus of working together as one church. Let us watch, let us be alert to recognize that any argument that would seek to separate us from this oneness of church does not proceed from divine Love; it is only materialism and false beliefs centered on a separate sense of self that suggest acting in a contrary manner. Our natural inclination is living together in peace and doing good one to another, fulfilling the commandment of the Master, Christ Jesus, to “love one another.”
Each one of us is exactly where a Christian Scientist and our church are needed. This can be seen in the many healing ways the members of The Mother Church support this holiest of causes.
Thank you for fulfilling your post with so much love.
With deep gratitude and united in Christ,
Fabián Smara, President
Planned giving is a way of providing for a gift to the Church that uses tax, financial and estate planning techniques to enable a gift commitment to the Church that may also, in the United States, provide tax and financial benefits for the donor.
To us, the application process has less to do with filling out a form, and so much more to do with preparation of the heart. You may have questions, and if you do, please be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. When you're ready to move forward, we'll be delighted to receive your application. Once we've received your application, our manager of Christian Science Practitioner Activities, Connie Coddington, will send you a follow-up e-mail, highlighting some of the Manual by-laws that practitioners have found indispensable to their healing ministry. Soon thereafter, she'll set up a telephone interview in order to get to know you and your sense of the healing practice of Christian Science. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact email@example.com. We'd be happy to hear from you!
Like anyone else who has witnessed or been a part of a healing through Christian Science, we rejoice whenever we hear about someone who is interested in joining with those engaged in supporting others in this vital work. Nothing is more needed in our world today than the powerful, practical healing that Christian Science offers. Becoming a Journal-listed Christian Science nurse adds your name to the ranks of those whose devotion to God and commitment to healing overflows in inspired, practical acts of caring. The world needs and feels the transforming power of this Christly love!
We're here to support you every step of the way as you respond to this calling of the Christ. We cherish your willingness to let the love of the Comforter find tangible expression in your Christian Science nursing ministry. The application process has less to do with filling out a form, and so much more about a "preparation of the heart".
Speaking to each one of us, Mary Baker Eddy writes: "I make strong demands on love, call for active witnesses to prove it, and noble sacrifices and grand achievements as its results. ... Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or goodness without activity and power." (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 250). Thank you for your daily prayer to be an active witness to the power and presence of divine Love, and for the steps this prayer has led you to take to be prepared for advertising in The Christian Science Journal.
We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about how you've prepared for this important next step.
You will find the application form below, which you can easily fill out online and submit. You will be contacted during the review process of the application, but you’re welcome to be in touch with us at any time (see email address below).
Christian Science Nursing Activities
210 Massachusetts Ave P07-10
Boston MA 02115
If you’d like to submit to advertise in The Christian Science Journal as a Christian Science nurse in a language other than English, please use one of the forms below. [The online application process for languages (other than English) will follow shortly.]
Step 1: Open and save form to your computer.
Step 2: Complete form and save again.
Step 3: Submit as email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org [or print it out and return by mail].
As Mother Church employees have traveled the world meeting with members, one interesting thing they’ve learned is that in some countries people may be asked to provide evidence of baptism in order to participate in certain public activities, such as voting or school attendance. Since baptism has an important and specific meaning to the teachings of Christian Science, we've offered an example of such a statement below.
—Laurie Richardson, Clerk of The Mother Church
To get a form
If your branch church or society wants a form without a Cross and Crown, please use the copy at the bottom to create the form.
If your branch church wants a form with the Cross and Crown on it, email Trademark@csps.com. Forms are available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. You are free to make minor edits. If you make significant changes, please send the final version to Trademark@csps.com for review. The Mother Church needs to know how the Cross and Crown is being used as it is a Church trademark.
Sample with Cross and Crown (copy is below)
Statement of baptism
PEOPLE PRACTICE BAPTISM in many ways. The outward symbol of immersion in water tells of an inward desire for purification. Christian Scientists emphasize the meaning behind a Christian symbol more than the outward practice of a symbolic act. They practice baptism daily by studying the Word of God and living their lives in a way that give evidence they are being bathed in Spirit and thus cleansed of sin.
I state that I, [name], have accepted baptism as taught and practiced by Christian Science.
I state that, [name of clerk of branch church or society], has acknowledged my acceptance of baptism as defined in the Christian Science textbook:
“Purification by Spirit; submergence in Spirit.”
(Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 581).
Signed, [clerk of the branch church or society]