In 1904, two separate small groups of people were meeting in private homes in Richmond and here in Point Richmond to read the Christian Science Weekly Bible Lesson-Sermon. On January 17, 1909, the first local public Christian Science service was held in two second floor rooms in a building at Seventh Street and Macdonald Avenue.
Increased interest and attendance resulted in the erection of a small building on Sixteenth Street near Bissell Avenue where church services and Reading Room activities took place. The organization of the Christian Science Society of Richmond followed on May 5, 1909, with 16 members.
During this time, on April 10, 1911, a second group of Christian Scientists became the Christian Society of Stege (a portion of Richmond) with 24 members. In 1912, the Stege Society became Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Richmond (Stege). In 1916, Second Church disbanded, and their members came to First Richmond.
On June 12, 1912, the Richmond Society disbanded, and First Church of Christ, Scientist, was established with 29 charter members.
They met in several locations until 1922, when they built a church at Twelfth Street and Nevin Avenue. In 1958 a new church was built at 24th and Barrett, across from City Hall. In February, 2004, we moved here to Point Richmond at 112 and 114 Washington Avenue.
So here we are 100 years since the establishment of Christian Science in Richmond. To celebrate this occasion, church members and friends joined together to hold a celebration on Sunday, July 15, in the church.
We opened the celebration with readings from our Pastor. In Christian Science, our Pastor consists of two books. They are the Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. She wrote Science and Health as our textbook, with the Bible as her sole guide and source.
A solo followed. The title was The Lord’s Prayer. A long time member then read the history of the church, which is briefly mentioned above. Then some fun. A member sang songs of the early 1900’s, and he also led the congregation in a sing-along of more songs of the era.
We ended our celebration with refreshments in the Reading Room.
As one member said, the celebration was also a commencement of the next 100 years. So we invite you to join us at our services, and to drop in at the Reading Room to find out more about Christian Science.