ADDRESS: 635 High Drive
DENOMINATION: Christian Science
YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1930
SERVICE TIMES: Sunday church service and Sunday school from 10 to 11
a.m.; Testimony meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. CHURCH LEADERS:
Instead of a minister, two members of the congregation are elected every
three years to serve as readers -- one reads from the Bible (King James
Version) and the other reads from “Science and Health With Key to the
Scriptures” by the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy.
SIZE OF CONGREGATION: Attendance is not recorded.
MAKEUP OF CONGREGATION: Consists of a cross-section of all ages and
people from Fountain Valley to San Clemente in addition to Laguna Beach.
Everyone is welcome.
TYPE OF WORSHIP: Sunday services are for quiet, contemplative
listening of the sermon. Music consists of three hymns and a solo
accompanied by a pipe organ without choir. Wednesday meetings provide a
unique opportunity for the congregation to share testimonies of
inspiration and healing.
TYPE OF SERMON: The teachings of Christian Science are deeply rooted
in the Bible. Each Sunday, every Christian Science church around the
world reads the same Bible lesson of selected passages from the Bible and
“Science and Health.”
On Wednesdays, the reader for the meeting selects a relevant topic and
reads passages from the Bible and “Science and Health” for part of the
meeting. The rest of the meeting is set aside for individuals to give
gratitude for inspiration and healings based on their study of Christian
RECENT SERMONS: Love; man; Christ Jesus; reality; Are sin, disease and
JUNE SERMONS: God, the only cause and creator; God the preserver of
man; Is the universe, including man, evolved by atomic force?; Christian
DRESS: Casual to dress.
CHURCH PROGRAMS: Sunday school is for people up to age 20 to learn
about God, the Bible and science and health, and how to make Christian
Science a practical part of their everyday lives. The church offers
community public lectures on handling current issues through prayer and
provides a public Reading Room in downtown Laguna Beach at 284 Forest
Ave., for study and research of the Bible and Christian Science
MISSION STATEMENT: In 1879, Eddy founded the Church of Christ,
Scientist, “to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should
reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.”
INTERESTING NOTES: The Christian Science Monitor is one of the
church’s forms of outreach to the world and recently the recipient of
another Pulitzer Prize.