Our Services and activities
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
(John 13:34, 35)
This instruction of Jesus Christ is very close to our hearts. It translates into lovingkindness and tender care for our families, our communities, our church, our fellow worshippers, our world, and it is a way of life.
Love is the core of Jesus’ teachings and we endeavour individually and collectively to live the truth he taught.
Our church is run by our members and our Pastor is The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
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Sunday Services - 11:00am
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bedford hold services every Sunday at 11:00am. Our services are very simple and are led by two readers elected from our members. We sing hymns and pray. We also listen to readings from the Bible and our textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. These two books are our Pastor.
Available every day of the year, click here for the Bible and here for Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. You can read some of the linked Bible and Science and Health passages that all Christian Scientists are studying this week.
Sunday School - 11:00am
Here in Bedford we have a Sunday School which starts at 11.00am and is open to young people up to the age of 20. This is an opportunity for children and students of all ages to find out more about their relationship to God.
The Bible and the Christian Science textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures form the basis for each lesson, using the spiritual interpretation to understand more deeply Jesus’ healings and how they came about.
Young people realise the relevance spiritual healing has to all types of problems in today’s world and each child, from the youngest to the oldest, is able to prove for themselves the teachings of Christian Science.
A warm welcome awaits you!
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Wednesday Testimony Meeting - 8:00pm
We also have Testimony Meetings every Wednesday at 8:00pm. The most important aspect of these meetings is the time set aside for those present to share accounts of healing that they’ve experienced through their understanding of how much God loves everyone.
The readings from our Pastor are chosen by the reader to meet a current local, national or international need.
Our church was founded on Christian healing, so these Testimony Meetings are a vital part of our activity here in Bedford. They’re open to everyone, so do come and find out more!
Learn more on the Christian Science website
Our Reading Room is open to everyone (see opening times below); it's a quiet place to read and pray. There is always someone at hand to help you find what you need.
We have a varied selection of study materials including Bibles -- versions from the King James to The Message; the textbook on Christian Science healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and all Mary Baker Eddy’s other books.
Other resources available are Christian Science magazines, The Christian Science Monitor Weekly, books on the history of Christian Science, children’s books, music CDs and online tools. All of these can be used, borrowed or bought here.
You'll find a peaceful space and a warm welcome!
Visit the UK Online Christian Science Reading Room if you’d like to make online purchases.
You can also find Reading Rooms worldwide
Free magazines are available at our showcase.
Our Main Opening Times
Saturday (1st and 3rd each month)
Saturday Morning Reading Group (SMRG) – 10:30am-12:30pm the 4th Saturday of every month
Members, friends and anyone interested meet together once a month in the Sunday School room to read through and discuss the books on which Christian Science is based. The SMRG usually meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, starting around 10.30am and lasting for a couple of hours.
There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing healing insights and digging deep! Why not come and get to know these books better and discover their message of healing for everyone!
Bedford Council of Faiths
Our church continues to support our faith community through membership of Bedford Council of Faiths, whose Vision is:
“In today’s world the need for inter-faith understanding and mutual respect has never been greater. We believe that it is important to recognize the common grounds shared between religions whilst mutually respecting, valuing and learning about the diversity of our beliefs.”
Learn more at the Bedford Council of Faiths website.
As well as our regular services and events, detailed above, we also have occasional events. These could be, for example, talks on different aspects of Christian Science and using it in your everyday life or Thanksgiving celebrations.