GODALMING CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH
There has been a Christian Science church in Godalming since the 1930’s. Our new church, completed in 2018, has been built on the same site as the original church. Our Reading Room is somewhere to drop in and chat, or read the Bible, other books and magazines on Christian Science. You are always welcome.
Services and Meetings
We hold Sunday Services and a Sunday School. In our services you will hear passages from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook read by two lay readers. The same Bible Lesson is read in every Christian Science church throughout the world, on a different theme each week. We sing hymns from our hymnal, and many of these will be familiar to other Christian denominations. On Wednesdays we hold a testimony meeting. At this meeting, readings from the Bible and Christian Science textbook are followed by relevant remarks and accounts of healing from the congregation.
What is Christian Science?
The worldwide Christian Science Church, based in Boston USA, offers many practical resources to help anyone in need of support and healing – for instance, a network of Christian Science practitioners and nurses, weekly and monthly magazines full of inspirational articles and contemporary accounts of healing, and an ever-growing body of online resources.
We believe that God is infinite, ever-present Love, and He has made us in His image and cares for us all. We think of Him/Her as Father-Mother, as Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, Principle. We look to God for guidance and healing in every aspect of our lives.
We are students of the Bible and revere Christ Jesus as the Son of God or promised Messiah. We consider the Ten Commandments, as well as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, to be central to our lives and our practice of Christianity. Our aim is to be faithful followers of Christ – and this includes healing sickness and other problems through prayer. We find prayer a reliable, consistent and provable healing method – hence the name “Christian Science”.
Mary Baker Eddy – Founder
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) founded the Christian Science Church in Boston, Massachusetts in 1875.
Her early life was beset by tragedy and ill-health. Her efforts to find lasting health led her to investigate many of the methods of healing available at that time, but with no lasting success. A pivotal moment came in 1866 when she received a serious injury falling on an icy pavement. She asked for her Bible and read an account in the Gospel of Matthew of Jesus’ healing of a paralysed man. It gave her such a powerful sense of God as Life that she experienced an instantaneous healing. This spiritual inspiration transformed her life and convinced her that there was an eternal principle underlying Jesus’ healings.
After further consecrated study of the Bible she found that she was able to heal others, and to teach them how to heal themselves. She spent her next 45 years labouring to bring her discovery to as wide an audience as possible. She wrote a book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and ultimately founded a church to make this teaching available.
In 1908 Eddy established an international news organisation, The Christian Science Monitor, with the objective “to injure no man but to bless all mankind”.
Find out more about Mary Baker Eddy at www.marybakereddylibrary.org
1st Wed of each month
Reading Room core opening hours:
Mon 10-12; Wed 4-6pm; Fri 12-2pm
The Reading Room is also open at other times during the week.
Christian Science Church & Reading Room
6 Ockford Road
There is limited free parking next to the church (through the gateway which also leads to Caesars Place), and several town car parks are close by.