No More Suffering from Allergies   Leave a comment

shutterstock_116898418The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, No More Suffering from Allergies, is by Deborah who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She describes how she overcame severe allergic reactions through prayer alone.

Throughout my childhood and into my adult life I suffered terribly from allergies. There were many things in the environment I felt triggered extreme reactions—but probably the most devastating to me was my reaction to cats. As a child I owned a huge ginger cat called Timmy. I loved Timmy, but even to sit near him caused me hours of distress; to touch him meant that I was almost incapacitated … Read more

This article was originally published in the Christian Science Journal.  It is now available through JHS-online.

To read more testimonies of healing shared by members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra click on the archive headings on the left for May and June 2016.

The How, Why and Wonder of Spiritual Healing   2 comments

Hold the date for this free lecture by Beth Packer

Sunday 9 October 2016 at 2.00 pm

in the Reception Room of the Legislative Assembly Building on London Circuit, Canberra City. 

Adjacent to the Canberra Theatre – Free parking is available

Beth5AThis lecture is a gift to the Canberra community from the members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Beth is a full-time healer and an international speaker.  She has lectured throughout Australia and in Europe and Asia, and has just returned from a second extensive tour of South Africa.

In this lecture Beth explores and explains the phenomena of healing as recorded throughout the Bible.  She uses present-day examples to illustrate how this kind of spiritual healing is still a transforming power.

Her lecture is logical and accessible and she speaks with the conviction of an experienced healer.  A member of the audience in one of the South African lectures commented:

The lecture was absolutely wonderful.  It was rich with spiritual truth and incredibly powerful.  At one stage in the lecture, I just thought “Wow!” – and I could feel the stillness all around me as everyone hung onto every word and concept presented.  Apart from being powerful, the content of the lecture was so logically presented that everyone could follow.”

If you are in Canberra on Sunday 9 October please join us – everyone is welcome.

 

To read testimonies of healing shared by members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra click on the archive headings on the left for May and June 2016.

Healing Persecution and Discrimination   Leave a comment

shutterstock_75022426Healing Persecution and Discrimination – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Have we not all one father?  hath not one God created us?  why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother? (Malachi 2: 10)

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (I John 4: 20)

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science:  The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us.  Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  Healing Persecution and Discrimination.

Our Prayers to Embrace the World and Prevent Violence   Leave a comment

shutterstock_138359420by Jenny Sawyer

When tragedies such as the most recent attacks in Beirut, Lebanon, and Paris occur, what can we do? Across the world, there have been calls to pray for these cities and their people. To pray for peace. And certainly our prayers are needed.

In addition to embracing all those affected by terrorism in my prayers, I have been grappling with how to extend my prayers to prevent future devastation.

In a world that seems constantly at the mercy of terrorism and random evil, it might appear naive to think that we can have any kind of preemptive impact.  But through my study of Christian Science, I’ve learned that prayer that yearns to feel and understand the allness of God—of divine Love itself—is like turning on a light: Where light is, darkness simply can’t exist.  The light of ever-present Love, expressed, leaves no place for the evils of hatred, fear, cruelty, or pain.

I’ve wondered how praying like this can really make a difference.  Then, earlier this year, Read more

This article, Our Prayers to Embrace the World and Prevent Violence, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now also available through JHS-online.  In it Jenny shares her reasoning as she answers the question:  How can my prayer have an impact on this world that seems so troubled?

Classes with a Difference   Leave a comment

shutterstock_75083293Children today are growing up in a vastly different world to the one their parents experienced.  The fast pace of technological change, the lure of social media, the prevalence of alcohol, the easy availability of drugs and even the sensational reporting of world events all put pressures on our youth.

Today more than ever our young people need to have a strong moral compass to help them make wise decisions, and an inner resilience that helps them meet life’s challenges and rise above adversity.

Hara Estroff Marano, Editor-at-Large for Psychology Today, wrote in her article “The Art of Resilience”:

“At the heart of resilience is a belief in oneself—yet also a belief in something larger than oneself.  Resilient people do not let adversity define them.  They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief …”

So how do we fortify our children and develop in them an understanding of their innate ability to rise above adversity?  At the Christian Science Sunday School we do just that.  In small groups with a teacher, students discuss the qualities that make life work. Lessons are based around the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus including the Lord’s Prayer.  Students discuss the issues that come up in their own lives in light of these invaluable moral guides.

Classes for students from pre-school up to age 20 are held every Sunday at 10.00 am.  Babies are cared for in the creche.  New students are always welcome.

The Sunday School is located with the Christian Science Church at the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

 

Effective Parenting   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_1085738In this JSH-Online.com audio podcast, adapted for print, Christian Science practitioner and teacher Sarah Hyatt spoke with Audio Producer Rita Polatin.

Q:  Parents want the best for their children—a good education, proper care, love, happiness—but, as you know, being a parent, oftentimes along the way problems come up that we don’t always know the answer to. So, as a Christian Scientist, how have you approached the role of parent?

A: …

Click here to read Sarah’s answers to questions that confront all parents.  Sarah shares how her spiritual perspective has helped her parent with more confidence and brought harmony to her relationship with her children.

Click here to listen to a podcast of this original interview.

This interview was originally published in the August 2016 Christian Science Journal.

“I’d Like to go to Sunday School …”   Leave a comment

shutterstock_36849880For me the most vital concept of Christian Science is God as Father-Mother.  My love for this idea goes back to my first involvement with the church.

You see, my parents were having serious problems in their marriage, and I was deeply troubled about this.

When I was twelve, one of my friends asked if I could visit for the weekend, which would mean going to a Christian Science Sunday School with her.

On Sunday morning there I was in a class of girls about my age, and the teacher talked the whole time about God as our Father-Mother.  She made it clear that God was the Father and Mother of my mom and dad, just as He was of me.  She explained how this Father-Mother loves all His children, and knows nothing but harmony for them.  Little did she realize what that meant to me.  I came out of that hour all fired up, and I went home and talked to my mother the whole week about this Sunday School.

I wanted to go back, Read more

This article,I’d like to go to Sunday School …” by Jacquelyn Mattson, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is now available on JHS-online.   In it Jacquelyn talks about how the simple truths she learned in Sunday School protected her and with her mother’s acceptance of God as loving Father-Mother, family harmony was restored.

 

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