Perhaps you’ve driven past a little church at the Main
Street dogleg just north of the Valley Park schools. The sign in front reads, “First Church of Christ, Scientist.”
But what does that mean?
Since most people think of science as unrelated to religion,
the name “Christian Science” inevitably raises questions. But Mary Baker Eddy,
who discovered what she named “Christian Science” in the pages of the Bible,
was convinced that, underlying the God-empowered instances of healing included
in the Scriptures, was a dependable, demonstrable divine law-- a divine Science
which Jesus taught and practiced and referred to as “the truth” that, when understood
and consistently lived, “shall make you free” (John 8:32.)
After being quickly healed, through insightful reading of
her Bible, of a life-threatening injury, she searched the Scriptures for a
deeper understanding of that Science and successfully applied it in countless
cases where healing was greatly needed. These consistent results convinced her
that Christianity, as Jesus taught and lived it, was a practicable Science,
rooted in God—the divine Principle, Love. Those she taught it to also found it
dependable, and after some years she ensured its continuing availability by
writing the Christian Science Textbook—Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures—and founding a church.
And that brings us to the question: What goes on inside that
church in Valley Park, which is a branch of the worldwide church she founded?
10:00 AM Sunday Services
- They’re centered on a Bible Lesson-Sermon which has been studied by
Christian Scientists across the world during the previous week. They also
include hymns, prayer, and a sacred solo. A children’s room is available for
very young children during all our services.
10:00 AM Sunday
School – We have Bible classes for preschoolers to late teens, beginning
with the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord’s Prayer, and
stories from the weekly Bible Lesson. Older students are encouraged to freely
explore the questions they have about relating these teachings to their lives.
7:30 PM Testimony
Meetings – Readings from the Bible and Science
and Health that have been specially prepared for our congregation are
followed by spontaneous expressions of gratitude for healing and inspiration by
those in attendance. Hymns and prayer are also a part of this weekly
Reading Room – Housed
in our church, the Reading Room is open from 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM each
Saturday, from 6:00 to 7:15 on Wednesdays, and after every service. It’s a
quiet place to study and pray, to ask questions about Christian Science, and to
shop for helpful study materials, for uplifting music, and for our
inspirational periodicals, including the weekly edition of the
Pulitzer-Prize-winning newspaper, The
Christian Science Monitor.
You and your family
are always welcome to visit our services, testimony meetings, and Sunday School
and to make use of our Reading Room.