Weekend guide

Event schedule

There will be events held Saturday, June 2 through Monday, June 4. You can also attend Sunday Church services and the Wednesday testimony meetings or visit The Mary Baker Eddy Library and The Mother Church Reading Room. All events will be live streamed on the Annual Meeting webpage. 

2:00–3:30 p.m.  Reading Rooms and Sunday Schools in today’s world: Participate in a lively discussion on making these spiritual resources practical avenues for our communities' needs. (Also available via live video webcast)

7:30–8:30 p.m. A hymn sing of old and new favorites—walking and singing in the Spirit. (Also available via live video webcast) 

1:00–2:30 p.m.  Walking with the Word: Explore the unparalleled healing relevance of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures around the world and right at hand. Participants will want to have on hand the Bible and Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy for a portion of the meeting. (Also available via live video webcast) 

1:00 - 3:00 p.m Annual Meeting
Please join us in Boston or online for our Annual Meeting.  

Tours: Special hours

Church (half-hour each):

  • Friday, June 1: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Original Edifice of The Mother Church only)
  • Saturday, June 2: Church closed for tours due to events
  • Sunday, June 3: 
    • 11:15 a.m. (Right after 10:00 a.m. church service)
    • 6:15 p.m. (Right after 5:00 p.m. church service)
  • Monday, June 4:  No tours (There are no tours on Mondays throughout the year)
  • Tuesday, June 5: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Walking Tours of the Plaza (45 minutes each)

  • Saturday, June 2: 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 3: 3:00 p.m.

Mapparium (20 minutes each):

  • Friday, June 1: 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2: 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 3: 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 4: 10:00 a.m.– 12 noon, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 5: 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Hospitality Center hours

The Hospitality Center is a good place to get information, a program for the events, and a restaurant map. Hospitality is located in the Portico of the Extension of The Mother Church.

Available hours:

  • Saturday, June 2: 12:00 noon-5:00 pm (except during the event), 6:00– 9:00 pm (except during the event)
  • Sunday, June 3: 11:00 am– 7:00 pm (except during the event)
  • Monday, June 4: 12:00 noon– 5:00 pm

Display tables in the Publishing House Lobby

Visit the department display tables to see what is new! They are located in the Publishing House Lobby.

Display tables hours:

  • Saturday, June 2: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 3: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Monday, June 4: 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Accommodations and local hotels

We recommend 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. Here is a list of hotels and guest lodgings in the Back Bay of Boston and some in near-by areas. The Mother Church does not endorse any of these facilities. You can also 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. 

Travel assistance answers (for visas, etc.)

The Mother Church does not provide travel assistance—visa assistance, letters of invitation, or financial aid—for Annual Meeting or other events or summits.

Other activities you can do

The Mary Baker Eddy Library: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Research & Reference Services:

  • Friday, June 1: First and Fourth Floors: 12:00 noon-4:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 2: First and Fourth Floors: 10:00 am-1:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 3: First and Fourth Floors:   2:45 pm-4:30 pm
  • Monday, June 4: First and Fourth Floors: 10:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 5: First and Fourth Floors: 12:00 noon-4:00 pm

The Mother Church Reading Room: 194 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. It is a great place to gather, to look at new materials, and to study and pray. 

  • Friday, June 1: 10:00 am– 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 2: 9:00 am– 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 3: 11:00 am– 5:00 pm
  • Monday, June 4: 9:00 am– 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 5: 9:00 am– 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 6: 10:00 am– 7:00 pm (normal weekday hours return)

Annual Meeting translations

All the meetings will be held in English. There will be no interpretation offered during the meetings. Staff will be available after the events (June 2, 3, and 4) to provide a summary of the content in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. You will find more information in these languages in information sheets located at the International Table in the The Mother Church Extension Portico entrance.

Starting Thursday, June 14, a replay of Annual Meeting in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish will be available for you to watch online. Also, the September 2018 issue of The Herald of Christian Science will include a report.

Luggage storage

You can store luggage in the coatroom during each main event listed above in this page. The coatroom will be open 30 minutes before each event starts (60 minutes before Annual Meeting on Monday). You will need to pick luggage up no later than 20 minutes after the event is over.

More questions, more answers

Please check the Annual Meeting FAQs page for information about viewing or listening to the webcasts online. You can also email your 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.


On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, June 2, 3, and 4, validated parking will be available. Just take a ticket when you enter the garage and validate it using a validation machine. One machine will be located by the escalator as you enter the church from the garage and one will be located in the Publishing House Lobby. If you don’t see them, please ask an usher or host where they are.

Please note parking will be free all day on Saturday and Sunday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday. The garage will be fully staffed to ensure attendees and visitors find parking.

The Christian Science Plaza 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 find a list of rates in the "Garages and regular rates" accordion below or at the Hospitality Center.

You can park at the Greenhouse Garage, 150 Huntington Avenue, as long as they have space (please see rates below).

You can also park at the Prudential Center Garage which will have plenty of space. It has several entrances. You can make a purchase at a store or restaurant and get a reduced rate with validation from them. Be sure to ask if the store or restaurant validates as not all do. Please check the restaurant map for locations. You can get a restaurant map at the Hospitality Center.

Note: These rates are as of January 31, 2018

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 $11.00

1-2 hours $20.00

2-3 hours $30.00

3-12 hours $34.00

12-24 hours $40.00

Early Bird (in between 5:00–9:00 a.m. out between 2:00–7:00 p.m.) $22.00
Weekend (up to 12 hours) $20.00
Evening (after 5:00 p.m.) $15.00
Event $25.00

Greenhouse Garage

150 Huntington Avenue, 617-247-0588 

Weekday rates

0-1 hours $9.00

1-3 hours $17.00

3-10 hours $24.00

10-24 hours $29.00

Early Bird Special: Arrive between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m., depart by 7:00 p.m.


Weekend rates

0-12 hours $17.00

12-24 hours $29.00

Prudential Center

800 Boylston Street (There are several entrances; you can get validations at some stores and restaurants), 617-236-3060

Without validation

0-1 hour $12.00

1-1 1/2 hours $20.00

1 ½- 2 hours $30.00

2 - 24 hours $42.00

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

0-4 hours $15.00

4-5 hours $20.00

5-24 hours $42.00

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


Beginning at 9:00 pm on Friday, June 1, MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation) will reduce I-90 (Mass Pike) between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass in Boston to two lanes in each direction. I-90 will reopen to four lanes in each direction by 5:00 am on Sunday, June 3.

The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldier’s Field Road will be closed.

The I-90 Westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/Cambridge will be closed intermittently. See the I-90 (Mass Pike) Ramp Closures Detour Map and directions on the Traffic Management page .

During this time, a “crossover” on I-90 will direct all vehicles to either the eastbound or westbound roadways at different periods of time.

Messages from the Christian Science Board of Directors

2017 Annual Meeting replays