First Church of Christ, Scientist, Green Valley, Arizona, is one of the worldwide branches of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, which was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879.
Our particular branch church has members located all around the Interstate 19 corridor in southern Arizona – our members come from as far north as the southern city limits of Tucson to as far south as Rio Rico/Nogales.
Through the study of Christian Science, many people have found physical, psychological, financial and emotional health, answers to their deepest spiritual questions and an abiding peace. Christian Science recognizes that God is unconditional Love, infinite Mind and supreme Spirit. We are God’s perfect ideas, made in His/Her image and likeness; thus, our nature is spiritual and it is impossible to ever be apart from God. When we realize, through prayer, God’s infinite goodness, we are healed.
Moving Forward as a Church of Healers
Moving Forward as a Church of Healers, another in the series of meetings, was held on April 21 in the Reading Room. Jane Martin chaired the meeting and opened with readings from Mary Baker Eddy’s writings. She then initiated a review of the outline of suggested meeting topics which was sent to our church by the Board of Directors of The Mother Church.
Our discussion started by acknowledging that we are all disciples and remembering the instructions Jesus gave, ‘Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Heal the sick.’ We prepare for this work by studying our weekly lesson sermon, the Bible, and Mrs. Eddy’s writings. This is the “spiritual foundation of Christ healing” which is that Principle which will “cast out error and heal the sick.”
A sharing of ideas followed about how to be disciples. Suggestions encompassed the following:
-Giving daily treatment to challenges in the community and the world;
-Considering and moving toward going into the practice; eliminating any discord by agreeing to disagree when conflicting thoughts come up in church matters thus eliminating discord and trusting that harmony will become apparent;
-Writing articles for the periodicals;
-Concentrating on doing healing work;
-Writing testimonies for the periodicals and for our church website;
-Sharing healings and inspiration at Wednesday services.
Plans are to continue these meetings, probably in the fall, but those remaining in the area for the summer may choose to meet before then.
Frances Thurber Seal was sent to Germany by Mary Baker Eddy.
Her book, Christian Science in Germany is recommended and is quite inspirational. Please check the Reading Room to borrow a copy as it is not in print at this time. Or contact Jane Lang.
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