UK Online Christian Science Reading Room

AN OPEN DOOR TO CHRISTIAN HEALING

"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people."

Matthew 9:35

a global religion

Christian Science branch churches, societies, informal groups, and reading rooms are in over 60 countries around the world.

Christian Science is a Bible-based denomination, meaning that we study the Old and New Testament sections of the Bible, including Jesus’ life and work.

The King James Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy make up the “pastor” of Christian Science.

Each week Christian Scientists study a different Bible lesson subject, which is made up of correlated passages from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Sunday services

The weekly Bible lesson sermon is read aloud to the congregation by two elected lay church members. The service also includes music, hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal, silent prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.

Testimony meetings

Each Wednesday attendees gather to hear readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, along with hymns and the opportunity for the congregation to share healing and gratitude related to their study of Christian Science. 

 

Celebrating Youth

Kids and young people will always find a warm welcome within the Christian Science community in the UK. Whether your whole family are Christian Scientists or you are discovering these teachings independently, there are many resources to help you on your spiritual journey.

Young people up to the age of 20 can participate in age-appropriate lessons at any Christian Science branch church or society where they will learn the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, Bible stories, and more about prayer and Christian Science healing! Sunday School usually takes place at the same time as the Sunday service.

This annual camp is aimed at young people and families interested in exploring and sharing Christian Science. Each year the camp takes place in a different caravan park somewhere in the UK. Activities range from discussions and workshops on Christian Science to outdoor fun and a barn dance.

Christian Science Sunday School pupils from the United Kingdom travel as a group to Crystal Lake Camps, a Christian Science summer camp in the USA, for two weeks during the summer holidays. Junior Focus also host an annual event for children and young people to meet up together in the UK.

Frequently asked questions

The practice of Christian Science healing has resulted in significant cures of physical, mental and personal problems for over a century. The Bible gives us a standard of healing resting on timeless spiritual laws as shown to us by Jesus Christ.

Anyone can learn and apply these spiritual scientific ideas to the demands of today and find resolutions that proves God’s goodness. We all want to be healthy, happy, and fulfilled.

We all want to feel a sense of purpose to our lives, to feel secure and valued, to love and be loved. Good health is vital whether we’re talking about our bodies, relationships, finances, or environment.

 

Christian Science and its healing ministry rests entirely on the affirmation from the Bible that “God is love” (I John 4:16). Those who practice it strive to live the bold, compassionate, pure, generous love that Christ Jesus embodied and taught in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7). This is the heart of its Christianity.

Christian Science is also a science because God is understood to be unchanging Love—the infinite Principle that is constant, universal, inclusive, eternal, the only true power and source of all good. It explains the spiritual laws of Love that enabled Jesus to heal sickness and sin. This divine Science also answers our fundamental questions about evil, reality, and eternal life. And as the word science implies, it is reliable, consistent, and provable, bringing healing to individuals and humanity through a deeper understanding of God.

 

By understanding the complete goodness of God and our inseparability from that goodness, inspired men and women have found answers to the wide spectrum of human needs as well as transformation of character and lives. These experiences are “not supernatural but supremely natural,” (Science and Health, p. xi) as Christian Science explains. Anyone can learn and apply these spiritually scientific ideas to the contemporary demands we face and find resolution that proves God’s goodness.

This unique approach to healing has proven effective for generations of Christian Scientists, many times after a medical diagnosis indicated a condition was incurable. Christian Science healing is not faith healing, positive thinking, or self-hypnosis. It calls for Christian faith in and understanding of God as unconditionally and dependably good, to whom nothing is impossible. Its practice is Christian—living according to Jesus’ teaching and example. And its practice is scientific—living according to the spiritual laws of God that can be learned, understood, and proven through healing and regeneration.

Christian Scientists are always free to choose for themselves and their families the kind of health care that meets their needs. However, by practicing Christian Science, many have lived happy and healthy lives free of drugs and other systems of physical care.

Christian Scientists are always free to choose for themselves and their families the kind of health care that meets their needs.

However, by practicing Christian Science, many have lived happy and healthy lives free of drugs and other systems of physical care.

This unique approach to healing has proven effective for generations of Christian Scientists, many times after a medical diagnosis indicated a condition was incurable.

 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures was written in 1875 by Mary Baker Eddy. It contains the full explanation of Christian Science and its biblical foundation for spiritual regeneration and healing, and over 100 pages of testimonials of healings people have received from reading this book.

Read Science and Health here online.

Listen to Science and Health here.

Buy a copy of Science and Health and the Bible from our online shop.

 

Mary Baker Eddy wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and founded the Christian Science Church.

Christian Science Practitioners devote their lives to praying for other people. But any student of Christian Science can heal through prayer, from the youngest Sunday Schooler, to the newcomer reading Science and Health for the first time, to the veteran church member. Anybody can heal – and be healed – through Christian Science. The last 100 pages of Science and Health contain testimonies of people healed through reading this book.

 

The Christian Science textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and the Bible are guides for learning how to practice prayerful healing.

The sincere student of Christian Science who would like to delve even deeper into this study can take Primary Class Instruction from a certified CSB. Buy a copy of Science and Health here.

 

There are over 1,300 Christian Science Reading Rooms across the world and over 70 across the UK. They are often situated on the high street or near  Christian Science churches or societies. Reading rooms serve as a community resource for inspiration, spirituality and healing. Each reading room contains a bookshop for Christian Science literature and a quiet space for prayer and Bible study. Attendants are on hand to respond to any queries you may have or simply to chat about spiritual matters. You can find your local UK reading room by searching here.

 

Mary Baker Eddy

THE DISCOVERER AND FOUNDER OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) was a spiritual pioneer. Her work covered the disciplines of science, theology, and medicine.

A lifelong student of the Bible, in 1866 Eddy experienced a dramatic recovery after a life-threatening accident after reading one of Jesus’ healings. She threw her life into discovering how she had been healed and how this spiritual science of healing could help others. 

Mary Baker Eddy went on to establish the Church of Christ, Scientist. She published 15 more books and started several weekly and monthly magazines—the Christian Science SentinelThe Christian Science Journal, and The Herald of Christian Science—that feature articles on Christian Science practice and verified testimonies of healing. In 1908, when she was 87, she founded The Christian Science Monitor newspaper.

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THE TENETS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

  • As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
  • We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God's image and likeness.
  • We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.
  • We acknowledge Jesus' atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man's unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.
  • We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter.
  • And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.

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