About Christian Science
Christian Scientists believe in one, infinite God who is pure harmony and All-in-all (all there is). We understand that God is all-encompassing and always present, and that each individual is made in God’s image, continually loved by God and cared for by God.
Christian Scientists understand Christ Jesus to be the Son of God, the promised Messiah, and look to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible for inspiration. We understand that Christ Jesus’ teachings and healing work express scientific Christianity, or the application of the laws of God, which are always practical and provable by anyone, anywhere, and anytime. Christian Scientists consider the 10 Commandments and Christ Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount central to their lives and practice of Christianity.
Above all, Christian Scientists believe in the healing power of God’s love that no one is ever beyond hope; that no problem is too entrenched or overwhelming to be healed. We believe that what is often referred to as salvation can be experienced here and now by everyone; not only at some future point.
The Daily Practice of Christian Science
Our practice is grounded in the daily study of the weekly Bible Lesson, which includes topical passages from the Bible and our textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by our leader, Mary Baker Eddy. These lessons show us how to continue Christ Jesus’ healing work---to move beyond cherishing his words or personality to doing the works he did and taught others to do.
The practice of Christian Science is a 24/7 activity. We believe that to think and live from a spiritual standpoint changes and improves everything: health, ethics, relationships, etc. And we demonstrate this every Wednesday night from 7:30-8:30 at our testimony meeting where everyone is welcome.
Our Church Community
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Naperville maintains an architecturally significant church building about one mile directly west of downtown Naperville and a Christian Science Reading Room in downtown Naperville. We meet as a congregation for worship and Sunday school every Sunday at 10 a.m. and hold a testimony meeting every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. We also host Christian Science Lectures for the Naperville area community at least once a year.
We are a diverse group comprised of people from all walks of life. Some of us were raised as Christian Scientists and others came to appreciate the powerful life-transforming practice of Christian Science in adulthood.
The Framework of Our Services
Our worship services have many elements that are similar in other Christian churches – hymns, prayers, readings from the Bible, and a warm sense of fellowship. One unique feature is the absence of a clergy person. Instead, two lay readers conduct the Sunday service – reading a sermon comprised of selections from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. All Churches of Christ, Scientist read the same Sunday sermon throughout the world.
Everyone is welcome to attend our services and visit our Reading Room. Those who would like to become a member need to be a dedicated student of the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy for at least six months and endeavor to practice Christian Science’s core beliefs.