We hold regular church services every Sunday morning from 11 to noon. We don’t have a personal pastor; rather, two books—the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—serve as our impersonal Pastor. Services, then, are conducted by two lay readers elected by the membership. The First Reader has charge of the service and reads primarily from Science and Health, while the Second Reader reads from the Holy Bible. Most of the Bible passages read are from the King James Version.
Our Wednesday evening testimony meeting is held from 7:00 to 8:00, and provides a midweek uplift to those attending. In addition to singing hymns and praying aloud the Lord’s Prayer together, the congregation listens attentively to about 15 to 20 minutes of readings from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The readings are selected by the First Reader and may address a wide range of topics, with ideas that help heal personal problems, community issues, or global challenges. One week, there may be a simple but profound message about expressing God, divine Love, by loving one’s neighbor as oneself. Another week, we may turn thought to God’s care for His/Her creation, perhaps pondering God as our Shepherd and letting the message of the Twenty-third Psalm give us renewed conviction that our needs will be met. Yet another week we may contemplate the Holy City, New Jerusalem, and see how prophetic vision can help us elevate our thought above the problems often associated with big cities and find prayer-based solutions.
The second half of the meeting is largely filled with inspirational remarks and testimonies from those attending who wish to speak. Testimonies may include physical healings, accounts of God’s guidance in making career or other choices, gratitude for growth in grace, or even an experience of finding a lost article. Our members pray during the week about life’s challenges, and they share their inspiration and results to help others. The meeting concludes with a third and final hymn.
Wednesday meetings are not the only time or way we share healing experiences. Christian Scientists throughout the world write about what they’ve been learning, and these written testimonies may be published in the official organs of our Church, such as the Christian Science Sentinel and The Christian Science Journal. You can find out more about these publications on the Reading Room page. Here are a few testimonies that members of our branch church have had published in the Sentinel or Journal.
By Lee Pettit
Published in the July 8, 2013, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Lee explains how she prayed for a number of months after being diagnosed with heart disease. She found that she was indeed “not guilty” but free of this condition.
By Carl Wallace
Christian Science Sentinel audio podcast of February 18, 2015
In the Bible we read, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10). Carl found the healing truth behind these words in a time of great need.
By Sharon Myles
Published in the October 24, 2022, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Sharon was healed of an aggressive skin condition when she gained an understanding that this condition was not part of her life because it was not from God.
By Susie Johnston
Published in the May 15, 2023, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
What Susie read in Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy revealed that her life is completely spiritual. This freed her from a painful condition.
By Patricia Waterson
Published in the May 1, 2017, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Understanding that she was the complete and perfect reflec)on of God freed Patricia from a painful condi)on in her arm.
By Frank L. Smith
Published in the July 19, 2004, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Frank was healed of a severe case of stammering that had plagued him for years when he realized that fear could not keep him from expressing thoughts from God.
Visit the Inspiration Page for recent postings by members.
Christian Science practitioners and Christian Science nurses are available to give supportive care while you are praying for healing. Practitioners offer specific prayer, and Christian Science nurses provide caring, practical, non-medical assistance. There is a worldwide directory of these people in each issue of The Christian Science Journal, available at Reading Rooms. You can also access the directory at: