First Church of Christ, Scientist, Kingston upon Thames

“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
(Holy Bible, Matthew 10:8)

Christian Science is a protestant Christian denomination which was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in New England, USA, in the latter half of the nineteenth century - currently, there are over 100 churches in the UK, and there are branch churches in 79 other countries around the world, as well as individuals studying Christian Science in a further 50 countries. It is based on the same Holy Bible used by all Christian denominations. In addition Christian Scientists study “the Christian Science textbook”, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures - authored by Mary Baker Eddy - as a companion book to the Bible, to bring to light the healing promise of the message of the Scriptures.

Healing is what Christian Science is founded upon. Individuals around the world have been healed through prayer, and Christian Science explains how deific Law (as demonstrated by Christ Jesus’s compassion for humanity’s needs), operates timelessly. People today are being healed of physical, relationship, business and economic problems. For documented examples of healing please look at either the magazines offered for sale in our Reading Room or at the Fruitage section in the last chapter of Science and Health. To listen to current healings that people have had through their study of Christian Science you are welcome to attend our public evening service, held every Wednesday at 8pm.

Who is Mary Baker Eddy?

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a perennial best-selling book on healing.

She was raised in New Hampshire by parents who were devout Congregationalists, and the Bible was central to her religious and educational upbringing. Her early adult life included more than its share of serious personal tragedies and poor health, and over a twenty year period of chronic illness she was led to explore many curative methods. Though none of these methods resulted in permanent healing, the earnest desire to understand the healing science underlying Biblical texts led her to discover the laws of healing used by Christ Jesus, which she named Christian Science.

As her ability to prove the effectiveness of this discovery grew, she established herself as a healer and began to teach others how to heal. In 1868, she was asked to help a woman dying from pneumonia. The doctor in attendance informed her that there was no hope for the patient. However, Eddy immediately cured the woman. The doctor urged her to write a book about her system of healing and share it with the world. Science and Health is the result.