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In Fallbrook since 1922, First Church of Christ, Scientist continues to inspire and heal

First Church of Christ, Scientist has strong historical roots in Fallbrook. Christian Science, a religious belief system established by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866, found its way into Fallbrook by a group of Christian Scientists in 1922.

“They met in the Woman’s Club house on Main Street until they bought a lot and built a small English-looking building in 1930,” explained member Laurie Huber. “In 1957, two lots were purchased on Fallbrook Street, and in November of 1960, the cornerstone was laid.”

Two months later, Huber said, official services started. As the years passed, other buildings, such as its cozy Reading Room, Sunday school and board room, were added to the grounds.

What’s embraced most about Christian Science is its constant accessibility for prayer-based healing.

“Christian Science is a religion designed to reinstate primitive Christian healing,” Huber said. “We offer a religion that practices not only Jesus’ command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’ but also to ‘heal the sick.’”

It’s this distinctive goal that has captured global attention. Its textbooks and other periodicals are printed in numerous languages.

Christian Science is also being well-received in Africa. Around the world, Huber said, Christian Scientists are establishing a connective unity.

“Christian Science heals sin and disease as Jesus did, by spiritual means alone and by bringing one’s thought in line with what God knows about his loved children,” she said.

On a personal level, being a Christian Scientist has brought Huber a sense of reassurance, not to mention the healing which has taken place in her own life and that of her family. Knowing how to pray, Huber said, gives her much comfort.

According to Huber, her mother was healed of recurring earaches, while her father was healed of a heart attack.

In her immediate family, Huber’s husband found relief from kidney problems through prayer and her son’s bout with the measles passed quickly. Huber said her problematic headaches were halted through prayer.

“My other son, by his own prayer, was led to find a small bike part in a large grassy area necessary for a ride,” Huber said. “As a mother, being able to pray for my children wherever they are, or whatever they are doing, allows me to place them in God’s care – even if I can’t be with them personally.”

Huber believes that the Sunday and Wednesday Fallbrook spiritual services are special.

Its structure, she said, is designed to bring inspiration and healing to those at the service. Their prayers extend to the community and to those around the world.

“Christian Science is a religion that you can take with you,” she said, adding that it’s not left at the sanctuary once services are over. “It is a religion of practical spiritual truths that not only heal but also bring God’s protection and guidance.”

Also available to the community through the Reading Room is the Pulitzer prize-winning Christian Science Monitor.

Dedicated to its community, Christian Scientists in Fallbrook have supported the Fallbrook Food Pantry, Fallbrook Skate Park Project, Friends of the Library, CROP Walk, Fallbrook Ministerial Group and many others.

A warm spiritual community, the First Church of Christ, Scientist welcomes visitors to its services and Reading Room at 1109 East Fallbrook Street. Childcare for the little ones, Huber said, is available during services.

Those interested in learning more may call (760) 728-0242 and visit http://www.spirituality.com or http://www.christianscience.com.

 

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