First Church of Christ, Scientist Hartford
About our Church
In 1885, one of Mary Baker Eddy’s students began the healing practice of Christian Science in Hartford. In 1890, two students of Mrs. Eddy’s came to conduct Sunday services in homes. In 1891 the first hall was secured for Christian Science services and by 1896, a Christian Science Society was formed.
On May 11, 1898, the Society moved to organize and incorporate as First Church of Christ, Scientist, Hartford, under a charter granted by the State of Connecticut. This church has continued since then as a branch church of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts.
Our first church home was dedicated in 1908, and was located on Farmington Avenue. The church continued to grow and on the first Sunday in June 1956, services were held in the present church location at 235 Scarborough Street.
Each Sunday a service is held during which hymns are sung by the congregation, a solo is sung, an offertory is taken and a Lesson-sermon is read by lay people who have been elected from the membership.
The sermon consists of a compilation of citations 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. These books have been designated as our Pastor by Mrs. Eddy.
The Christian Science Quarterly containing the Lesson-Sermon is available in all Christian Science Reading Rooms. 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.
Child care is provided for those too young to attend the Sunday School or church services and meetings.
On the second Sunday in January and July, a communion service is held in Christian Science branch churches. At this service the congregation is invited to kneel in silent Communion.
We have a very active and enthusiastic Sunday School with six 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 which includes brief readings compiled by the First Reader from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Hymns are sung by the congregation and testimonies are given by those attending the service who share healings and inspiration they have gained through study and reliance on Christian Science.
Join us for a special service each Thanksgiving Day. This unique service includes readings from the Bible and Science and Health, hymns, a solo, and period during which anyone in the congregation may give testimonies appropriate to this special day. This service is held at 10:30 on Thanksgiving morning.
Experienced attendants lovingly care for infants and children too young for the Sunday School during the Sunday and Wednesday services.
The Christian Science Reading Room is located at the church. It is a spiritual discovery center for all those seeking a closer relationship to God.
Bibles, the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, as well as her other writings, other related literature, and The Christian Science Monitor are on sale here. All Christian Science books, magazines and our daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, may be read, borrowed or purchased.
Individuals wishing to find a sense of peace during their day are invited to visit our Reading Room. Through reading the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, independent study of the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy along with other Christian Science literature, you are afforded the opportunity to grow in your understanding of God.
The study area is a quiet place to read, study, and pray. The entrance is by the Sunday School door.
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 other topics related to Christian Science.