Officially named Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Sydney, our church is located in Chatswood, NSW (on Sydney’s North Shore). We are a friendly, diverse group who meet Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings to listen, pray, sing and share gratitude to God.
We are one of many worldwide branch churches of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, USA established by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. Each branch church is self-governed and democratically run to suit local circumstances, and also must be in harmony with provisions of The Church Manual by Mary Baker Eddy.
We also have a Reading Room at our church. Christian Science Reading Rooms (located in Chatswood, Sydney city and worldwide), are comfortable, quiet places to read the Bible or Christian Science literature, listen to music or view online talks about healing. Bibles, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and a wide variety of magazines, books and music are available. Reading Room locations and hours.
The pastor of all Christian Science churches is The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. It is to prayer, and these loved books, that we turn for counsel and healing.
As a shepherd leads his flock, these books lead and guide receptive thought in the Christly path. As a shepherd provides shelter, comfort and protection for his flock, so our pastor reveals to us God’s sheltering love.
Our services are conducted by locally elected church members, known as readers. We do not have a priest or minister.
The Sunday service consists of three hymns, silent prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, the Bible Lesson-Sermon, a solo, and a collection is received. The Bible Lesson-Sermon comprises readings from the Bible and correlated passages from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. There is a new Bible Lesson-Sermon each week, which is used as the sermon in Sunday church services worldwide.
Christian Scientists also study the Bible Lesson-Sermon published in the Christian Science Quarterly throughout the week. They apply what they learn from their study in healing disease, injury, and all kinds of other problems, as well as praying for the world.
Our Wednesday meeting consists of prayer, singing and prepared readings from the Bible and Science and Health on a relevant topic chosen by the reader. There is time for the congregation to share comments and healings which are the natural and practical result of prayer and applying the teachings of Christian Science.
We also have a yearly Thanksgiving Service in November.
We warmly invite you to visit any service. If you are interested in attending our services live by telephone, please email us and we’ll send you more details.
Child-minding is available in the nursery.
You will never be pressured to join our church.
Our Sunday School is for pupils up to the age of 20. In an informal atmosphere the students are encouraged to explore the simpler meanings of the Scriptures as well as the principles of Christian Science.
Students meet in small groups to learn the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount and Bible stories. They are taught of God’s love for them. Students discuss the practical relevance of prayer to their daily lives and how to meet the challenges they encounter.
Babies and children too young for Sunday School are cared for in our sunny nursery.
In compliance with state law, all teachers and nursery staff are approved by the Working With Children Check.
Christian Science Reading Rooms are comfortable, friendly, quiet places where you are welcome to:
- Study or purchase Bibles or Bible study resources.
- Study or purchase Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This best seller has sold over 9 million copies worldwide. The last chapter is filled with testimonies from people who have been healed while reading this remarkable book.
- Study the inspiring and refreshing Weekly Bible Lesson. These lessons are used for individual study throughout the week and constitute the sermon read on Sundays in Christian Science churches worldwide.
- Delve into Christian Science books and magazines on spirituality and healing, children’s board books, and other writings by Mary Baker Eddy.
- Explore ChristianScience.com and view online talks and healings.
- Enjoy spoken-word and music CDs.
- Expand your world with the multi-award winning, international news magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, available to read or purchase, or read online.
Chatswood Reading Room
26 Anthony Street (adjoining the church)
Tel (02) 9419 6360
HOURS: Thu 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
At annual meeting, Christian Scientists see “new spirit” emerging in society
By: Kevin Ness Dateline: June 5, 2017
Boston, MA — In today’s culture of political divisions and religious strife, Christian Scientists spoke at their church’s annual meeting of “a new spirit” emerging, which is calling forth the best in people across denominational and national lines.
In an interview, the chair of the denomination’s board of directors, Allison Phinney, pointed to the simplest of signs seen at a nearby Methodist church in Boston’s South End: “God is Love.” “You are Loved.” “Justice.” Said Phinney: “Materialism doesn’t satisfy. It is Spirit, God, that brings us into newness of life, shifting thought, revealing the power of church.”
“Newness of life”—a Biblical expression—was integral to this year’s meeting. The theme, “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life,” came from the denomination’s textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by church founder Mary Baker Eddy. The meeting took stock of the challenges as well as the promise facing many Christian denominations in this period.
These very challenges have prompted many to look to their core values as people of faith, the board emphasized. In these core values is the power that renews individual lives and revitalizes churches and society as a whole.
There’s an awakening, Phinney said, to the fact that “we have to work together, that it requires the practical Christianity, which Christian Scientists would term healing, so evident in the life and love of Christ Jesus.” It is bringing out “a new spirit of joy and healing at work in our own movement right as communities around the world are searching for deeper answers to human needs.”
The recent launch of a daily digital edition of the 109-year-old Christian Science Monitor is one result of this deeper look at core values. According to church officials, it represents a modest new beginning, focusing less on the number of Internet hits and more on the Monitor’s basic ideal of healing and impartial journalism. “We’re seeing ever stronger demands for just treatment of all the members of human society,” Phinney noted, “and we know it is Spirit, God, the divine influence and energy, that is touching the heart of humanity.”
The new church president introduced at the meeting, Irmela Wigger of Hamburg, Germany, is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher active in the ministry of spiritual healing. Following a tragic incident of violence in her family some years ago, her church family brought her through. “Church is about serving God,” she said, “and from this serving we get a pouring out of Love—God’s love—you can’t imagine.”
According to the church's clerk, Suzanne Riedel, new members joined the church from 29 countries, including Australia, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Mauritania, Mexico, Portugal, Togo, Uruguay and Zimbabwe, as well as the United Kingdom and United States. The meeting included reports of healing as well as church progress.
Founded 138 years ago, the Church of Christ, Scientist, is a Christian denomination based on the Bible. The use of the term “Science” refers to what Mary Baker Eddy saw as the spiritual laws of God as understood and demonstrated by Jesus. Members come from all walks of life and backgrounds, including the physical sciences. Said board member Rich Evans, “We don’t equate serious spiritual commitment with ignorance or unreasonable belief.” The conclusions of the Christian Science founder “were untraditional in some respects, but she thought deeply about the relation between practical Christianity and demonstrated proof of God’s great love for humanity.”
For more information, please contact Kay Stroud, Media and Legislative Advocate for Christian Science in NSW, ACT, QLD and NT, on 0400 494 406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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