First Church of Christ, Scientist

Placerville, CA

“Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” -Christ Jesus




You are invited to watch the replay of our upcoming virtual talk on Christian Science by Phillip Hockley, CS from Wales, UK.

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FROM OUR SPEAKER: When most people think about life-changing moments, they may not think of a lecture on Christian Science. That wasn’t why I attended a lecture for the first time; I didn’t expect to walk out a new person. But I found something in that lecture that was indeed life-transforming. Christian Science gave me a new view of God that I’d not had before: a view of God as Love itself, divine Love that loved me fully. I also discovered that this loving God was not the source of my troubles (which were many) but the solution to them. My life began to improve quickly after that and I became a healthy man after many years of suffering.

There’s no question that I was jubilant about the way my life was being transformed. But what impressed me the most was finding out that these kinds of breakthroughs aren’t one-time, personal miracles. God’s love is available to everyone, and there’s even a textbook on Christian Science healing that explains the power of God’s love in our lives: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

What I’ve gone on to learn, and what I’ll share in my lecture, is that the perspective of God and reality that Christian Science opens up is one that offers freedom from whatever in our lives seems painful, debilitating, or limiting. I’ll talk about a 19th-century woman, Mary Baker Eddy, who, after a life-threatening injury, discovered this new view of God for herself and went on to explain her discovery and its Bible-based principles in her book Science and Health. And I’ll share how that discovery is still relevant to our lives today because of what it reveals about God’s great love for each of us and its powerful, life-transforming effects. 

Sunday Service


We’ve re-opened for in-person services!

Please join us in person for our Sunday and Wednesday services at 2950 Bedford Ave, Placerville, CA 95667

Our Zoom services are currently on hold pending a technology update.

Sunday service

10:30 AM

You’re warmly invited to attend our Sunday Service where you’ll hear music, singing, scriptural readings, prayer, and a sermon. The sermon is based on a weekly Bible lesson from our Pastor: the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Sunday School

10:30 AM

Christian Science Sunday School is a weekly one-hour session where young people are taught the Bible and the power of prayer. We welcome children, teens, and young adults up to age 20. 

Wednesday Testimony Meeting

7:00 PM

Wednesday Testimony Meetings are similar to the Sunday Services, but the scriptural selections are customized to the timely needs of the congregation, community, and special occasions. You’ll also hear fellow attendees share insights, experiences, and healings they’ve had as a result of their prayer and study of Christian Science.

News & Events

Find out about the latest news and up coming events on our blog. 


What is Christian Science?

The heart of the Christian Science religion is Love. It’s about feeling and understanding God’s goodness. It’s based on the Bible and explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and other writings by Mary Baker Eddy. It shows the practicality of better understanding God, Christ Jesus, goodness, life, sacrament, salvation, and more. Anyone can find God to be “a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.”

-Mary Baker Eddy

Here are the important points or religious tenets of Christian Science:


As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.


We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God’s image and likeness.

  • SIN

We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.


We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.


We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit and the nothingness of matter.


And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just and pure.

Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

Church at dusk



A remarkable healing of a Placerville resident in 1901 started the formal Christian Science organization in this area.  A small group of Christian Scientists began meeting at the home of the resident that year.

The group received recognition as a Christian Science Society in 1909 and began holding meetings in the old Grange Hall on Main Street; later meetings were held in the Masonic Temple.   On January 21, 1912 the Society moved to the Eagles Hall. The Society purchased a lot at Bedford and Union Street in 1927. Five years later, while the Church edifice was under construction, the Society held services in the Shakespeare Club, Services began in the completed edifice in 1933 and a dedication took place on the third Sunday in January 1934.  

The Society sent an application to have the title “Christian Science Society” changed to “First Church of Christ, Scientist, Placerville” in 1936. The Mother Church accepted the application in March 1937.  When the State of California purchased the original site for the US 50 freeway modification in 1954, the Church moved to its present location at 2950 Bedford Avenue, Placerville.

Reading Room

“Our Reading Room is located next to the church. Our Pastor, The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, can be purchased along with other books and literature authorized by the Christian Science Publishing Society. The Reading Room is open to the public and welcomes any sincere seeker for Truth to use our study area which contains a Bible reference library, the weekly Bible Lesson, a computer research area, and a lending library. Also, we host activities such as book readings, webinars, lectures, and helpful podcasts related to Christian Science.

News & Events

Find out about the latest news and up coming events on our blog.


Frequently Asked Questions

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” Matt 7:7

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science was born in 1820. Her early childhood was spent on the farm of her parents, in Bow, New Hampshire. They were deeply religious and the Bible and prayer were the focus of their lives. As a child Mary possessed a great spiritual thirst, a sharp intellect, and a love for people. She alone among her six siblings applied for and was accepted into membership in the Congregational Church in 1838, despite her refusal to accept the doctrine of foreordination.

In 1843, Mary married, but was widowed the next year. Her only child, a son, was born that year. A combination of events including her continuing ill health led her family to place her son in the care of others in 1851. She lost all contact with her son and didn’t see him again for almost 30 years. Her sufferings from circumstances such as these, as well as from the ills of the flesh, drove Mary more deeply into the Bible as she sought the healing Christ. This led to her discovery of Christian Science in 1866. That year she was seriously injured when she fell on some ice and her doctors did not expect her to recover. Later in the day she asked to be given her Bible, and turned to one of the healings of Jesus. As she read, the words of Jesus “I am the way the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) flooded into her heart and thought. She was suddenly filled with the conviction that her life was in God – that God was the only Life, the only I AM. And in that instant she was healed.

After three years of searching the Scriptures, reading little else, she wrote and published the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She described this search as “sweet, calm and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing.” (Science and Health p109) She later founded and established the Christian Science Church together with its periodicals, the weekly Christian Science Sentinel, the monthly Christian Science Journal, and its world renowned newspaper The Christian Science Monitor. Mary Baker Eddy passed away in 1910.

Definitive biography.
The trilogy by Robert Peel: “Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery”, “Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Trial” and “Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Authority”.

Shorter Biography.
Christian Science and It’s Discoverer. by E. Mary Ramsey.

To the Christian Scientist the Bible is the source of all Truth. It explains life and salvation, explains the Way of Life exemplified by Jesus, which he commanded all Christians to follow. Christian Science was discovered through deep study of the Bible. The Bible is read at all our church services and is the foundation of all the teaching in our Sunday School.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote Science and Health following extensive study of the Bible. Her book helps us to understand the Bible better, enabling us to practice its precepts more fully, and to follow our Master’s healing example. Mrs Eddy ordained the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, as our dual pastor in 1894. Our services have no personal preaching but instead include a Bible Lesson comprised of readings from the Bible and correlative passages from Science and Health prepared by the Bible Lesson Committee at The Mother Church in Boston. This format is used both at our Sunday Services and our Wednesday evening meeting..

Yes. Christian Science practitioners are people who dedicate their lives to the full time healing practice of Christian Science. A list of these individuals can be found in the Christian Science Journal, copies of which can be obtained from our Reading Room, and online at and any local phone book. Practitioners living locally are listed under Placerville, but there are no geographic limits on where a practitioner may practice.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.”

                                                     — Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy


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