First Church of Christ Scientist, Willimantic, CT
About Our Church
Our church is a branch of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston Massachusetts, also known as The Mother Church.
We are located in Eastern Connecticut at 870 Main Street in Willimantic near Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut and Quinebaug Valley Community College.
There is easy on street parking and a public parking lot within a half block of the church. All are welcome at our Sunday and Wednesday services and are welcome to use the services of our Reading Room.
Our Sunday service includes congregational singing, a vocal solo, organ music, silent and collective prayer, the audible praying of the Lord’s Prayer, Scriptural reading, and a collection.
The Lesson-Sermon is outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly, a periodical which may be obtained from a Christian Science Reading Room, or ordered by mail, phone, or through the Internet.
Two Readers elected from our membership conduct the Sunday services. One reads passages from the Bible. The other reads passages from the Christian Science textbook, which explain the Bible passages. This textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures was written by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science.
In order to move away from personal preaching, Mrs. Eddy ordained these two books to be the pastor of the Church. There is no ordained clergy. Every Sunday, in Christian Science churches throughout the world, the service is based on the Lesson-Sermon for that week.
You may listen to the audio of a Sunday Service from the Mother Church by clicking here.
Young people up to the age of twenty are welcome to attend our Sunday School.
Students concerned about identity, relationships, and peer pressure find answers to these and other questions. They study the Bible, and the Lesson-Sermon. They also study the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer and the Sermon on the Mount.
Their study and class discussions give them the tools they need to meet the many challenges faced by young people today.
The Wednesday service and also the Thanksgiving Day service includes hymns, silent prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, and testimonies from the congregation.
The service is sometimes called a Wednesday Testimony Meeting, because there is a time during which individuals may share their experiences, testimonies of healing and remarks on Christian Science. There is no collection, and all are invited to attend.
Child care for the very young is provided free of charge, under the care and supervision of an experienced adult.
Infants and children who are too young to attend Sunday School are lovingly cared for.
They may be brought 10 minutes before the start of either the Wednesday or Sunday services.
You are welcome to visit our public Reading Room. A Christian Science Reading Room is a place where people can come to inquire about Christian Science and find practical spiritual inspiration to help with life’s challenges. It’s also a place to read, borrow or purchase literature on Christian Science. Bibles, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. Periodicals, concordances, and other study reference tools may be found here.
A computer is also available with Concord, a computerized concordance to the King James Version of the Bible and the published writings of Mary Baker Eddy. Visitors may use it to quickly find or print any desired information from the Bible, or the writings of Mary Baker Eddy.
Our Reading Room is located at 870 Main Street. All are welcome to visit.
This resource, mybiblelesson.com, with online and personal computer access at our Reading Room is an inspiring and useful Bible study service for youth (and youthful thinkers) from The Christian Science Publishing Society.
The Christian Science Sentinel Radio Edition is a weekly radio program broadcast around the world and released monthly on CD. It includes insightful interviews and inspiring discussions on how God’s laws apply to current events and individual challenges today.
Our church sponsors a broadcast of this program on Sunday mornings. Tune in to WILI 1400 on the radio dial at 8:30 AM.