First Church of Christ, Scientist, Guilford, CT
About Our Church
We are a branch church of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston Massachusetts, founded by Mary Baker Eddy.
You are warmly welcomed here as we seek to gain a deeper understanding of God as our divine Mother and Father and the loving Creator of All.
Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of church is: 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.
Jun 04 Saturday Guilford: Web lecture at 4 PM
Title: Web lecture: A NEW VIEW OF GOD AND ITS EFFECT ON WELL-BEING
By: Phillip Hockley
Date: Sat, June 4, 2022 at 4:00 PM A replay will be available until Aug 4
Location: Vimeo on-line lecture. Scroll down to view it here.
When most people think about life-changing moments, they may not think of a lecture on Christian Science. That wasn't why I attended a lecture for the first time; I didn't expect to walk out a new person. But I found something in that lecture that was indeed life-transforming. Christian Science gave me a new view of God that I'd not had before: a view of God as Love itself, divine Love that loved me fully. I also discovered that this loving God was not the source of my troubles (which were many) but the solution to them. My life began to improve quickly after that and I became a healthy man after many years of suffering.
There's no question that I was jubilant about the way my life was being transformed. But what impressed me the most was finding out that these kinds of breakthroughs aren't one-time, personal miracles. God's love is available to everyone, and there's even a textbook on Christian Science healing that explains the power of God's love in our lives: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
What I've gone on to learn, and what I'll share in my lecture, is that the perspective of God and reality that Christian Science opens up is one that offers freedom from whatever in our lives seems painful, debilitating, or limiting. I'll talk about a 19th-century woman, Mary Baker Eddy, who, after a life-threatening injury, discovered this new view of God for herself and went on to explain her discovery and its Bible-based principles in her book Science and Health.
And I'll share how that discovery is still relevant to our lives today because of what it reveals about God's great love for each of us and its powerful, life-transforming effects.
Services are in-person and also via ZOOM. Our Reading Room is open.
Our Reading Room is open, and we are continuing to offer both services in person as well as via Zoom. Here is the link for remote access.
Meeting ID: 848 0548 1698
Visit our kiosk in front of the church.
It includes highlighted passages from the current weekly Bible lesson as well as literature with contemporary topics for you to take and enjoy.
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 our Christian Science Reading Room.
During the service, you will hear hymns, a scriptural selection and a solo all chosen to support the weekly lesson sermon. 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 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.
Enjoy a Solo
The Sunday service includes the singing of three hymns and an inspirational solo. Enjoy listening to our soloists, Schuyler Beeman or Tom Heilman, accompanied by Chad Hardin, our pianist.
Experienced attendants lovingly care for infants and children too young for the Sunday School during the Sunday and Wednesday services.
Walk into an atmosphere of comfort, light and inspiration. You will find The Bible, the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures, and all Christian Science publications for purchasing, borrowing or reading while visiting.
You can find answers to any questions you may have as well as timely articles written to inspire and help us pray about all facets of life. A knowledgeable student of Christian Science will welcome you and be ready to answer any questions you may have.
Our reading room is a peaceful place to study, learn more about Christian Science and get a deeper sense of God's Love for you.
Christian Science Practitioners
Christian Science practitioners are available to help individuals find healing through prayer. You can find a directory of Christian Science practitioners in the Christian Science Journal. Free copies are available in our kiosk in front of the church or you may purchase a copy in the reading room.
Sentinel Watch is a weekly audio podcast produced by the Christian Science Publishing Society. It includes guests who explore timely topics and share how God's laws have been a practical help. Have a listen!
Daily Lift podcasts are short takes on inspiring ideas to enrich your day and share with friends. Subscribe and get the Daily Lift delivered to your inbox five mornings a week.
Church, Reading Room and Contact Information
Sunday Serviceand Sunday School10:30 AM via Zoom
Wednesday Testimony Meeting7:30 PM via Zoom
Thanksgiving Day Service10:30 AM
Reading Room HoursOpen Tuesday through Saturday from 12-2 as well as after Sunday and Wednesday services
Church and Reading Room49 Park Street