CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 583:12–19)
Moments after feeling some symptoms of a heart attack and asking a friend to a pray with me, an overwhelming feeling of God’s love washed over me. It relieved the symptoms and also showed me something about what it means to be innocent.
I was in college at the time and had gotten a little off track both in my studies and in some life choices. On top of that I felt resentment over long-term maltreatment by a family member, and heartbroken after a recent breakup with my girlfriend. That overwhelming feeling of love ultimately helped uplift all these areas of my life as well as bring permanent relief from those physical symptoms.
Through my study of Christian Science, I’ve come to see that God is Love itself, which empowers us with God-derived innocence. This innocence is based on God’s unconditional love; it indicates that we’re safe depending on divine Love as our source, and it means we can have an undoubting expectation of good. The very substance of our being is pure and perfect, like our Maker, and cannot change. Our innate innocence means we always deserve to be free from pain, both mental and physical, as I experienced in college and since. And we have the ability to bring freedom and goodness to others, even those that would victimize.
Christian Science has showed me how Christ Jesus’ life illustrated this God-given power, which has nothing to do with the naivete, vulnerability, or helplessness that society often associates with innocence. I’ve seen that victims are not beyond help and comfort and that victimizers can be reformed. We don’t have to wait to experience the Love that heals.
The service includes readings from our Pastor: The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
This meeting begins with readings from our Pastor, followed by the congregation sharing testimonies of healing and gratitude for God.
Children and teens come and learn about the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and other Bible stories.
The Christian Science Bible Lesson sermon is the same throughout the world. The sermon includes passages from The Bible followed by related passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
Find more information about Christian Science, Christian Healing, and Mary Baker Eddy.
The Christian Science Monitor offers a global outlook on the current events of the day. Mary Baker Eddy founded this newspaper in 1908 with the objective "to injure no man, but to bless all mankind." The Monitor is available daily online and weekly in a print magazine.
Mary Baker Eddy started The Christian Science Journal in 1883 as a monthly publication to "put on record the divine Science of Truth." It includes articles to help readers think through the ideas studied in the Bible and Science and Health. It also includes testimonies of healing and a directory of Christian Science Practitioners, who are available to pray for anyone looking for prayer-based healing.
In 1898, Mrs. Eddy started the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly publication. This publication looks at current trends and issues of the day, bringing God's healing power to transform our daily lives through divine Love.
The first Herald of Christian Science was published in German in 1903. It has expanded since that time to include many other languages, including French, Portuguese, and Spanish, bringing the healing power of Truth to the world.
The Mary Baker Eddy Library is available for visitors to learn more about the life and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy. Visitors to the Library may also be interested in touring the Mapparium®, the Publishing House Lobby, and The Mother Church.
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