Primary class instruction

What is Christian Science Primary class instruction?

Do you have a heartfelt desire to help yourself and others through prayer? Christian Science Primary class instruction may be right for you.

After founding The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mary Baker Eddy designed Christian Science class instruction for those who want to learn more about how to apply the ideas in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, to heal themselves and others. Class instruction continues to equip today’s students to be effective Christian healers based on the method of spiritual healing Jesus taught his disciples. Class instruction offers a unique and precious opportunity to dig further into your relationship with God and your spiritual capacity as a Christian healer for the world.

Students who love Christian Science and its teachings are encouraged to apply to take Primary class instruction from any authorized teacher of Christian Science. Classes are held every year in many countries around the world and generally include 12 sessions over a two-week period. After completing class, students are included as members of an association with others who have taken class from the same teacher. Each association meets annually to provide for students’ continuing spiritual growth and progress.

How do I get started?

You may want to begin by reading what Mary Baker Eddy wrote about teaching and class instruction in the Church Manual (Articles XXVI and XXVII).

You can contact any authorized teacher of Christian Science to find out more about class instruction and request an application. Questions about requirements, dates, location, format, and cost of classes should be discussed directly with the teacher.

Most important is to recognize that a deep desire to grow spiritually through Primary class instruction comes straight from God. You can trust God, divine Love, to lead you to the right class and teacher for you.

Find a Christian Science teacher

More questions? Contact the Board of Education at or 617–450–3662.

Participating in Christian Science class instruction is a natural step of progress in the practice of Christian Science healing. The joys of the class include not just the initial 12 days of spiritual instruction, but the ongoing opportunity to participate in a spiritual support system—an association of your teacher’s students that gathers each year to share in a day of spiritual refreshment, growth, inspiration, and prayer. Members of Christian Science associations are deeply united in their commitment to spiritual healing everywhere, no matter who their teacher might be.

Visiting an association

If you are a class-taught Christian Scientist and aren’t able to attend your own association meeting this year, you can reach out to any other teacher or association for information on attending as a guest. You’ll find the contact information for all Christian Science teachers here. We’ve also compiled a list of those associations without teachers who share their contact information publicly. If you would like a copy of this list, please email