Christian Science Church – Guilford, CT
About Our Church
Our church is located at 49 Park Street on the historic Guilford Green, minutes from exit 58 off Interstate 95. We are a branch church of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston Massachusetts.
The building was originally built as Third Congregational Church in 1850 by a group of abolitionists who broke away from First Church. It was the Parish House for Christ Episcopal Church and in the 30’s and 40’s it was a theater called The Chapel Playhouse.
In 1951, a small group of Christian Scientists bought the building, returning it to its original use as a church. It has been recently accepted into the Connecticut Historic Restoration Fund Matching Grant program for renovations.
The Sunday service consists of the weekly Bible Lesson Sermon read by lay people who have been elected from the membership. The lesson is a compilation of citations from The King James Version of The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. These books have been designated as our Pastor.
The same lesson is heard in all Christian Science churches throughout the world and has been studied throughout the week by many of those who attend. Printed copies are available at any Christian Science Reading Room.
During the service, hymns are sung by the congregation and a solo is provided to tie in with the weekly subject. A collection is taken at the end of this service. Child care is lovingly provided for those too young to attend Sunday School or church services.
We have a very active and enthusiastic Sunday School with six classes ranging in age from 3 to 19. Experienced Christian Scientists teach the children how to find the answers to all questions in The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and how to rely on God in every situation and under all circumstances.
Each class has age-appropriate discussions on how they can turn to God for guidance, protection and healing. Visitors are always welcome. The Sunday School meets at the same time as the Sunday church service.
Wednesday Evening Services
Every Wednesday evening a meeting is held that includes brief readings and hymns compiled by the First Reader. Following the readings, approximately 30 minutes are devoted to testimonies when members of the congregation are able to share how they have been healed or inspired through study and reliance on Christian Science.
Join us for a special service for giving thanks. This unique service includes readings from the Bible and Science and Health, and time during which anyone in the congregation may give testimonies geared to the special day. This service is held at 10:30 on Thanksgiving morning.
Experienced attendants lovingly care for infants and children too young for the Sunday School during the Sunday and Wednesday services.
The Christian Science Reading Room is located at 17 Whitfield Street, across the Guilford Green from the Church. It is a spiritual discovery center for all those seeking a closer relationship to God.
The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, as well as her other writings, Bibles, other related literature, and The Christian Science Monitor are on sale here. All Christian Science books, magazines and our weekly newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, can be read or purchased.
We also have a selection of recordings, Bible reference books and a computer to aid in your study. Free WiFi is available. The Reading Room subscribes to JSH-Online where you can search for articles from the Sentinel, Journal or Herald. Copies may be printed for an individual’s use at $1 each.
Outside the Reading Room there is a rack full of back issues of various periodicals available for free.