How to leave the Mother Church

Liz Heywood in front of The Mother Church Boston

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Unless you have formally withdrawn your membership, you are likely still counted as a member of the Mother Church, aka The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.

A quick e-mail to the Office of the Clerk, can confirm if you are still a member. If you are still a member, you can formally withdraw your membership via e-mail, or write a letter.

If you do it via e-mail, it takes 36-48 hours to confirm membership, and then formally withdraw.  A sample letter is provided below.

The Church may ask why you are choosing to leave, however this should not impede your ability to do so.


E-mail

clerk@christianscience.com

Postal Mail

Clerk
The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Membership, P06-10
210 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-3195

Feel free to use the following letter as a template to write your own letter to the Clerk (or copy and paste it into your e-mail). If you do not receive a reply within 30 days, you may want to follow up with an e-mail.

Italics denote elements that should be included in a formal letter, whether e-mail or postal mail.

Your Address

Clerk
  The First Church of Christ, Scientist
  Membership, P06-10
  210 Massachusetts Avenue
  Boston, MA 02115-3195

Date

Dear Church Clerk,

I hereby voluntarily withdraw my membership from The First Church of Christ, Scientist, effective immediately, and request that you remove my name permanently from your membership records.

I wish no further contact from the Church except to confirm that my name has been removed from your records. I expect to receive that confirmation within a reasonably short time.

My full name is ------- . (include maiden name if applicable)

My address is ------- . (include previous address if you have moved since joining and are unsure which address they have on record)

Thank you for taking care of this in a timely manner.

Sincerely,

Your Name