The following is our vision statement for The Christian Science House.
“Our church services, engaged volunteers, and topical program offerings serve as ambassadors within the community for sharing the uplifting and healing benefits of Christian Science that are available and applicable to every condition and situation.”
Christian Scientists have been active on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution since 1912. Until the chapel at 12 Center Avenue was built in 1960, meeting spaces were rented. Since then, we have been blessed to acquire the adjacent study room structure at Bestor Plaza. The Christian Science House at 10 Center Avenue holds not only the study room but housing for volunteers who serve during the season.
Interaction with other denominations and the Department of Religion are of paramount importance. The term “denomination” at Chautauqua is a very inclusive term which currently comprises fifteen institutional faith organizations. Twelve of these denominations have Denominational Houses on the grounds. As part of our collaboration, we participate in their activities. Our lay Readers, who conduct our church services, are considered our chaplains. One or more of our volunteers participate in the weekly Chaplain’s Luncheon where issues of common interest are discussed. Another opportunity to interact with other denominations is the Wednesday Women in Ministry lunches. There have been many instances when fellow attendees have expressed appreciation for learning about Christian Science and have accepted invitations to come to the study room or attend a service.
On Tuesday afternoons, we join other houses by holding a social hour on our porch when everyone can get to know each other in a casual atmosphere while enjoying cookies and something to drink.
A free public lecture in an Institution venue is sponsored annually by the Chautauqua Christian Science House and the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Jamestown, NY. The speaker is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. During the talk the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy, is explained.
We are administered by a Chautauqua Christian Science Executive Committee. Although the season is only nine weeks long, other activities occur throughout the year to maintain buildings, schedule summer staff, and plan events. From our inception we have functioned as a seasonal activity. As of 2024, we have been recognized by our denominational headquarters as an Informal Group.
We are grateful for the donations received during the summer season. However, it is the contributions received throughout the year that sustain us and allow us to make improvements and hold activities. If you would like to donate, click HERE.
All activities conform to the Manual of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts (ChristianScience.com)