In early 1908, Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science Church, moved to Newton from Concord, New Hampshire.
Over the next three years -- while living on Beacon Street in Newton’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood -- she took a number of steps to strengthen the Christian Science Church, headquartered in nearby Boston, and to broaden its global activities.
This included her founding, in 1908, an international newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, with the goal “to injure no man, but to bless all mankind” -- by publishing unbiased reports and perspectives on the events of the day, around the world.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Newton, traces its local beginnings to informal meetings in the homes of area Christian Scientists in late 1912. They gathered for the purpose of founding a Newton branch of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.
By the spring of 1913, they had incorporated the new branch church under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. And from that time to the present, the Newton church has been holding Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services, offering Sunday School for children and teens, and sponsoring a Christian Science Reading Room and other activities -- warmly welcoming the public for over a century.