Local Events, Lectures and Broadcasts
Darien Church Welcomes All To Thanksgiving Day Service
The Darien community is invited to join members of the Darien Christian Science Church on Thanksgiving Day at 10:30 a.m. for a service of gratitude , healing and renewal.
The hour-long service consists of a short Bible Lesson-Sermon, hymns and time for testimonials by Christian Scientists and visitors for blessings received during the past year. The Thanksgiving Day proclamation by the U.S. president will also be read.
"Our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. All things come of thee, and of thine own have given thee" is stated in I Chronicles, a verse from the day's sermon. The sermon will present the Scriptural stories of Ruth, Abigail, Mary Magdalene and Lazarus.
Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science who established the tradition of Christian Science Thanksgiving services, said in her text book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." Even the smallest acts of kindness, compassion, and generosity bless others, and in turn benefit the giver.
Those attending are welcome to tell how needs have been met this year, how they have been guided by God, and to give thanks for divine good that has been experienced in their lives.
No collection will be taken.
See the History of the Bible Exhibit in Stratford (thru Nov 29)
"History of the English Bible, 1400 to Present," will open in September for a three-month stay in Stratford under sponsorship of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Westport. The exhibit comes from Pasadena, CA where it commemorated in 2011 the 400th anniversary year of the King James Bible. It traces the evolution from translation of the original Hebrew and Greek to English by 50 scholars appointed by King James in 1611.
The display includes the Bible in America represented by facsimile copies of the historic Geneva Bible, brought by the Pilgrims, and the Robert Aitken Bible, the first English Bible published in America. A half-hour video explaining the history accompanies the exhibit.
The exhibit will open Monday, Sept. 8, and will stay open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Thursday to 7:00 PM, at the Christian Science Reading Room, 7365 Main Street, Stratford, in the Oronoque Shopping Center, and will remain through Thanksgiving week in November, the annual observation of National Bible Week. A special open house event on September 27th will be held to welcome public attendance. The exhibit ends Nov. 29.
Attend a Bible Study Course Nov 22 - Dec 6 in Westport
The Christian Science Reading Room, Westport, will offer three weeks of Bible study starting Saturday, Nov. 22, with the Thanksgiving lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly and continuing the two following Saturdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6.
The workshops will begin at 10 a.m. at the Reading Room, 1767 Post Road East, Westport, and will last 60 to 90 minutes. The format will be informal including reading aloud and discussion of research, ideas, and application. All are welcome to attend and participate.
These study groups are provided as a sequel to the November 6 Christian Science lecture, "Walking the Walk," based on the Sermon on the Mount, given by Chet Manchester and included as an event of the "History of the English Bible, 1400 to Present," exhibit at the Christian Science Reading Room, Stratford.
The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons were originally derived from the International Series of Bible Lessons in the 1800s. They were subsequently organized to be read solely from the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures textbook as a weekly study lesson and Sunday sermon using 26 topics given by Eddy.
As reported in a new biography of Eddy, A World More Bright, by Isabel Ferguson and Heather Vogel Frederick, William McKenzie, a former Presbyterian minister who served 21 years on the committee preparing these Bible lessons, the 26 topics given by Eddy covered the instruction that Mary Baker Eddy gave in her primary class teaching.
The Bible Lesson workshops at the Reading Room are free.
Singing for Joy this Christmas, Guilford Green, Friday, Dec 5
For more than 20 years, the Christian Science Church in Guilford has sponsored a Christmas Concert following the Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Guilford Green.
Concerts have ranged from soloists, string quartets to the Trinity Boys Choir. For the last several years, The United Girls Choir has been the headliner, bringing angelic voices and holiday cheer to the community.
The Christian Science Church built in 1850 was originally the Third Congregational Church, established by a group of abolitionists that broke away from First Church (the one with the steeple). Following their reconciliation, it was a movie theatre and summer stock theatre. In 1959 a small group of Christian Scientists bought the building and restored it to its current use as Church and Sunday School. It also serves as a music studio for local piano and voice teacher, Chad Hardin, the church’s music director. The church may also be rented to community groups for special events and recitals.
Members of the Church have taken part in the activities of Guilford Interfaith Ministries since about 1991. Their annual Christmas Concert is their gift to the community. At each concert, a free will donation is collected. 100% of the funds received go directly to Guilford Interfaith Ministries which administers Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visiting, Charlie’s Closet and The Guilford Food Bank.
The Concert will take place at 7pm following the Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Guilford Green on Friday, December 5, 2014. Admission is free and a free will donation will be collected to benefit Guilford Interfaith Ministries.
For an interview or more information contact Mary Beeman
Attend a Lecture in Guilford, Friday, December 19
Looking for peace and direction in your life? Explore the Christmas message.
In our busy lives today, we long for much more than the demands, uncertainties and fears of human existence. International speaker Julie Ward says, "In my own experience I’ve found that as I make room for moments of stillness, listening to God, I find increased harmony and peace."
Ward will present a talk titled, "Living in the Heart of Bethlehem" on Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30pm at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 49 Park Street, Guilford, CT on the Guilford Green.
"In this talk I will explore how cultivating the habit of listening to God for all our decisions, however small, brings harmony and healing to our lives," says Ward. "I will thoughtfully explore the words to ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ highlighting the qualities of thought that prepare us to welcome Christmas in our hearts throughout the year."
From childhood, Julie Ward loved to dance. She danced with a small regional company and eventually became its associate director and choreographer. She taught jazz and ballet to everyone from the tiniest little ones to the professional class. Dancing taught her to value discipline, obedience, and persistence—foundational qualities for the practice of Christian Science. Friends and family began asking her to pray for them and her healing practice was born. Ward is now a full-time practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. As member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, Ward travels from her home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Following Julie’s talk, will be a brief concert of Christmas music led by pianist and composer, Chad Hardin of Guilford. Guests vocalists: Susan Yankee, mezzo-soprano and Mike Gracco, baritone. Susan and Mike will join Chad in the verses of O Little Town of Bethlehem throughout Julie’s talk, and will then solidify the Christmas message of the evening in song.
Susan Yankee has performed the Mezzo-soprano repertoire across the country, including two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall.
For an interview or more information contact Mary Beeman
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Domestic and International Christian Science Lectures
The Mother Church sponsors lectures on Christian Science. These lectures introduce Christian Science and illustrate its healing approach to today’s problems and issues.
You may watch full-length Christian Science lectures, as well as short clips, on YouTube. Many of the full-length lectures were recorded in Boston, Massachusetts and are given by current lecturers from the Board of Lectureship of the Mother Church. Click on the image at left.
christianscience.com offers a worldwide schedule of lectures you may attend in person. Lectures are given by members of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and are based on the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. They are designed to bring the healing message of Christian Science to all kinds of audiences.
These lectures provide information about Mary Baker Eddy as it pertains to her discovery of the Science of Christ-healing, her own healing work, and the writing of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. They show the practicality of her teachings by sharing current accounts of healing that have resulted from the study and application of Christian Science.
Listen to Historical Recordings of Christian Science Lectures
During the 1960’s, Christian Science lectures were frequently broadcast in the New York City area. As it happens, the webmaster of this site made audio recordings of some of them on reel-to-reel tape. As a special feature, visitors to this site may now listen to these lectures.
We offer lectures by: Arch Bailey, Charles M. Carr, Jules Cern, William Milford Correll, Adam H. Dickey, Richard L. Glendon, Frank T. Hord, Sylvia Poling, John D. Pickett, Paul Stark Seeley, James Watt, Otto G. Ziegenhagen, and more.
To listen to these lectures, please visit our historical lectures page.
Listen to a Sunday or Wednesday Service
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On Sunday you may listen live at 10:00 AM Eastern time or you may listen to a replay at any time during the rest of the week.
On Wednesday you may listen live at 2:00 PM Eastern time. The audio replay is available until Friday at 8:00 AM
Christian Science Sentinel — Radio Edition
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