What is a Christian Science Reading Room?

Can anyone visit one?

A Christian Science Reading Room is part bookstore and part library. Its purpose is to make available to the public resources that nurture spiritual discovery and healing.

I found it did just that when I was struggling in my early 20s. A lack of direction and isolation from family and friends led me to spend time in a Reading Room quite often. I can say that each time I visited, the loneliness and dark cloud of purposelessness lessened. The spiritual resources brought me comfort and clarity in how to think about my life from a healing perspective.

There are online as well as print materials available now. When you first go in, you will probably see a selection of Bibles and Bible resource books, as well as the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, available for purchase. A librarian will be there to greet you, answer any questions you may have, or just invite you to browse. You will also find the Pulitzer-prize-winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor; Christian Science magazines, which include authenticated testimonies of healing through prayer alone; and a variety of biographies on Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science.

One of the unique parts of a Reading Room is the quiet study room where anyone can study, read and pray. These public places are a resource for anyone on a quest for spiritual understanding, as I was, and are open to people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ways of life.

Next time you pass a Christian Science Reading Room, I hope you will feel free to visit. You will find us at the ground floor of 49 York St Sydney, trading hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 – 4:30pm (except public holidays). We also have a reading room in our First Church at 295 Broadway, Glebe 2037 – trading hours Monday to Friday noon to 4 pm.

Kay Stroud writes on the connection between consciousness, spirituality and health and practices Christian Science healing www.health4thinkers.com

Monitor Prayer Watch Group, 25th January, 2018

Dear Friends

This is an invitation to students of Christian Science to participate in a prayer watch discussion held every fourth Thursday of the month at the City Reading Room, ground floor, 49 York St Sydney.

Here we discuss a topic chosen from the Weekly Monitor and give a scientific treatment.

The next Monitor Watch discussion will be on Thursday 25th Januray 2018  2pm.

Below are articles and their corresponding links.

For articles without links please download the following attachment by this link: Download Attachment

Washing away what doesn’t belong ( see attachment)

How to enforce gender equality? Iceland tests the waters (see attachment)

The wider meaning of #MeToo (link):

Coarse words and new thinking ( see attachment)

The True nature of man (see attachment)

For those who would like to join in, but cannot be physically present, calling in through our telephone numbers is possible.

If your telephone plan gives free calls within Australia, call

9696 0774 (Sydney & NSW)            – Guest access code:  83472115#

If you do not have Freecall on your landline use the toll free number below.

Toll free number:  1800 857 029 – Guest access code:  83472115#

Interstate callers should contact the Librarian beforehand for their state access code.

All participants should dial in 5 minutes before 2pm.   For details, please do not hesitate to call the Librarian at (02) 9290 1696.


The Reading Room

A Christian Science Reading Room is simply a community bookstore, containing products and resources for researching, exploring or studying spiritual healing and prayer, regardless of anyone’s religious faith.

Our Reading Room is for everyone to visit. Here you can chat, learn, log on, share and browse. You can buy the Bible, the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy – the Christian Science Journal, and the Christian Science Sentinel and the Christian Science Monitor, a Pulitzer Prize winning daily newspaper paper. You will also find reference materials other writings of Mary Baker Eddy, biographies and Children’s books and audios.

Our Reading Room has a free lending library where everyone is welcome. There is also a space where you can go to enjoy spiritual study or listen to podcasts of lectures from around the world. (show link to TMC)

We are in the heart of Sydney – an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.