First Church of Christ Scientist, Middletown, CT
About Our Church
We are one of the many churches holding Christian Science services in Connecticut. We are so happy you are visiting our church through this website. We would be glad to be of help to you and hope to see you at a service. You can contact us through this site, or leave a message at (860) 346-0511.
Middletown is a city located along the Connecticut River, in the central part of the state, 16 miles south of Hartford, off Rt.9. The town is largely a residential city and college town home of Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College, filled with various different ethnic groups which have given rise to a wide range of great restaurants.
Our historic 1832, Greek revival building is the Second Randolph Pease House. In 1911, this church began holding its first services. Our church is located at 63 Broad Street, and is a branch of The Mother Church located in Boston, Massachusetts. On site parking is available.
When Are Our Services?
You are welcome to attend our Sunday service, with Sunday school for children up to the age of 20 held at the same time. Children too young for Sunday school are cared for in our nursery. Our Sunday school entrance is on Broad Street. The hours of our services are shown at right.
A Wednesday evening testimony meeting is held in the reading room.
What Should I Expect At A Christian Science Church Service?
We don’t have a physical pastor but we elect two members to prepare and conduct the service. The sermon for the Sunday service is read by two members serving as readers who read the Bible Lesson Sermon, published in the Christian Science Quarterly, on one of 26 topics.
Three hymns are sung, silent prayer is followed by the Lord’s Prayer, and a collection is taken. A beautiful solo based on the topic is sung.
While we are a Protestant religion our auditorium is very simple and instead of having a cross on the church we have three quotes on the wall:
- “Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” -Christ Jesus
- “God is Love”
- “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” Mary Baker Eddy
The message for the Wednesday testimony meeting is prepared and read from the Bible and Science and Health, by the member serving as the First Reader. This topic is based on current events and how to spiritually solve them. People then share how they have used these Bible based truths to help heal events in their own lives proving how practical it is.
Three hymns are sung. No collection is taken. We moved the location of the service to the Reading room several years ago and have found this to be a much better form for the sharing of ideas and healings.
All services last about an hour.
What is Sunday School Like?
The entire Sunday school and nursery sit together in church. After singing the first hymn the group convenes to the Sunday school room for the opening activities of the lesson sermon and silent prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
All the classes then go to their areas where the students are taught age appropriate lessons based on the 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, Bible stories and how to use the synonyms of God as Love, Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, and Truth, given in Science and Health to pray for themselves, family, school and their community. This is a very lively group! We welcome students up to age twenty.
The Sunday school and nursery lasts about an hour. The entrance is on Broad Street.
What is a Reading Room?
A Reading Room open to everyone, is a combination bookstore/library, run by the members of this church. We have available for purchase Bibles, Mary Baker Eddy’s writings including Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and the award winning Christian Science Monitor newspaper, weekly and monthly periodicals including the Bible Lesson, Journal and Sentinel. We have CDs. and children’s books.
Items are also available for borrowing and you can sit and read in a quiet atmosphere. The attendant will be happy to answer any questions you may have or direct you to study resources about the Bible, Christian Science, and Mary Baker Eddy.
The Middletown Reading Room is currently open at the times shown at the right. We will be happy to open for special requests. Please call the church or email to schedule a time.
Who are Christian Scientists?
We are engineers, teachers, interior decorators, care givers, business people, college professors, coaches, lawyers, maintenance workers.
We are regular people who are looking to intimately know the God of Love from the Bible and have found Mary Baker Eddy’s’ book Science and Health to be the best guide for understanding the Bible.
This spiritual intimacy based on divine law leads to healing for all human needs, whether emotional, physical or financial.
What is our mission?
“To organize a church to commemorate the word and works of our Master, Christ Jesus, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” – Mary Baker Eddy, Church Manual
About Christian Science
Christian Science was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy, a devoutly Christian New England woman. When a doctor told her she had no hope of recovery after an icy fall, she turned to the Bible.
Through her prayers to understand better the healing of Jesus, she found she was able to get out of bed and walk out of the room. As a result of this experience she wanted to find out more completely how the laws of God had healed and sustained her.
She writes in the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
“In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.” – Science and Health (107:1)
She understood and experienced the need of healing of want, hunger, homelessness, sickness, and personal attacks.
Thanks so much for visiting and we hope to see you soon.