Who We Are
Affiliated with The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass.
We are one of many branch churches and societies affiliated with The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, which is the world headquarters of the Christian Science movement. The church was organized in 1879 “to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” (Mary Baker Eddy, Church Manual, p. 17). To learn more about The Mother Church and its activities, go to: christianscience.com. To learn about the history of our branch church here in Williamsburg, click on this link.
We are a Christian religion, and as individuals we read the Holy Bible daily and follow Christ Jesus’ example to the best of our present ability. This includes praying not only to uplift thought to God but also to confront evil and errors of every kind. The Bible contains the four canonical Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—which each tell the story of Jesus. The Bible is available to read, borrow, or purchase at our Reading Room, as are Bible reference and study books.
Mary Baker Eddy was a faithful follower of Christ Jesus who lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts from 1821 to 1910. She was raised in a religiously oriented family and became a member of the Congregational Church in her teens. After years of seeking to understand how Christ Jesus healed, in 1866 she experienced a remarkable healing and became active in healing others through prayer. She published a book to explain her discovery of the Christ Science, or Christian Science, in 1875; its full title is now Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which is available in our Reading Room and at the Williamsburg Regional Library. She had hoped that established churches would be overjoyed with her discovery and ideas, but that failed to happen. She needed to establish a church of her own to support Christian Scientists in their worship of God and protect her ideas from distortion.
To find out more about her life, you can turn to biographies that are available to read, borrow, or purchase at our Reading Room. A good introductory one for all ages is A World More Bright: The Life of Mary Baker Eddy, by Isabel Ferguson and Heather Vogel Frederick. This is available at the Williamsburg Regional Library as well as at our Reading Room. A biography focusing on Mrs. Eddy’s healing work is Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer by Yvonne Caché von Fettweis and Robert Townsend Warneck. Robert Peel wrote a thorough, scholarly trilogy, documenting her life work. The volumes are: Mary Baker Eddy: Years of Discovery; Mary Baker Eddy: Years of Trial; Mary Baker Eddy: Years of Authority. These are all available in the Reading Room.
Here is a website where you can learn more about the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science: marybakereddylibrary.org