First Church of Christ Scientist, New Canaan, CT
About Our Church
First Church of Christ, Scientist, New Canaan, Connecticut is located in the town’s historic district at 49 Park Street one block north of the railroad station. Our church is a branch of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. Established in 1923, this branch is one of over 2,000 branches in over 70 countries around the world. The present edifice was built in 1953.
The services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings are open to the public, and a warm welcome is extended to all.
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Nov 13, Sunday, New Canaan: In-person lecture at 3:00 PM
Title: WHY EVERYONE IS NEEDED
By James Shepherd
Sun, November 13, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Location: At the church, 49 Park Street, New Canaan
Christian Science practitioner James Shepherd from Eugene, Oregon will speak at the New Canaan Christian Science church at 49 Park Street on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 PM to share Bible-based healing concepts that show how everyone is an essential part of God's creation. All are welcome to this free one hour talk with Q&A.
Shepherd's lecture will include examples of individuals who were saved from drug addiction and suicidal thoughts, intense physical pain and other life-challenging situations by practical, useful ideas that changed their understanding of their own worth in the eyes of God. "Prayer takes us to a place where we feel God's goodness," Shepherd says, "and that brings a healing effect."
Shepherd uses the Bible story of the Prodigal Son to illustrate that we don't have to base our value on the world's scale but on our "unbreakable connection to all of God's goodness and all of His qualities that we express." He says that in the scale of God we are all essential.
He quotes the apostle Paul from Romans 8: "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrownot even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love." (New Living Translation)
Shepherd also explains how Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, had a life transforming healing after reading a healing of Jesus, and embarked on deep search of the Bible that lead her to write the Christian Science textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which along with the Bible is the pastor of the church.
Copies of the textbook and the Bible will be available at the lecture for those who do not own a copy, along with other free literature that contains the healing ideas of Christian Science.
The Sunday service is conducted by two lay readers elected from the membership.
The service consists of Scriptural readings, prayer, sermon, hymns, and other musical selections.
Readings from the weekly Lesson-Sermon, which consists of passages from the King James version of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy comprise the sermon.
These two books are the Pastor of the church, as ordained by Mrs. Eddy, the author of the textbook and the Discover and Founder of Christian Science.
Located on the lower level of the church building, the Sunday School is open to children and young people up to the age of 20.
Beginning classes are taught the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation. Older classes are taught from the Weekly Lesson- Sermon.
The children learn to know and love God and to prove the teachings of Christ Jesus in overcoming problems in their lives. A Registrar is there to welcome visitors and direct them to the appropriate class.
Parents may visit with the teachers before and after the services to learn more about the curriculum. All are welcome!
Wednesday Evening Services
The Wednesday evening meeting lasts one hour.
Readings from the Bible and Science and Health are followed by testimonies from the congregation who relate spiritual healings of physical, personal, financial and other problems.
Experienced attendants lovingly care for infants and children too young for the Sunday School during the Sunday service.
The children’s room is located next to the Sunday School room.
The church maintains a Reading Room which is open to the public in the church building.
The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, as well as other reading materials such Bibles, Bible commentaries and dictionaries, biographies, church periodicals, pamphlets and children’s books are available to purchase or borrow from the Reading Room.
We provide a comfortably furnished study room. There one can study the Weekly Lesson-Sermon, or browse through church periodicals, which include articles on Christian Science and confirmed testimonies of healing published over the last 100 years.
A computer is also available for reference use. The international daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, may be read or purchased.
An attendant is always on duty to help answer any questions about Christian Science. All are welcome.
christianscience.com This official web site of the Mother Church provides detailed information on Christian Science. Answers to frequently asked questions are presented, as well as information on a variety of topics such as Mary Baker Eddy (the Discover and Founder of Christian Science), and Christian Science publications, lectures and broadcasts.
www.spirituality.com This web site explores practical spirituality from a Christian Science viewpoint by providing information on spirituality, wellness, self/identity, relationships, career/workplace, and financial security.
www.csnyc.com This web site lists the Christian Science churches in New York City and the surrounding counties in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York State.
Church, Reading Room and Contact Information
Sunday Serviceand Sunday School10:30 AM (In person)
Wednesday Testimony MeetingTemporarily suspended for the summer.
Thanksgiving Day Service10:30 AM (In-person)
Reading Room HoursOpen Mondays 11-2
Call to confirm hours 203-966-0293
Church and Reading Room49 Park Street
New Canaan, Connecticut 06840