Christian Science Institutional Work
Our work is the combined activity of volunteer branch church members providing services, literature, and prayerful support, when requested, to individuals isolated from regular church activities. Branch church volunteers should be members of The Mother Church as well as of a branch church. Those involved in one-to-one contact work must also have had Christian Science Class instruction. Currently served are the residents of New York State correctional facilities, prisons, psychiatric institutions, major city hospitals, state youth facilities, federal V.A. hospitals and prisons, nursing homes, and county and local jails.
Church services are tailored to individual institutions. Besides services, one-to-one discussions allow the inquirer to explore how the principles of Christian Science are applied to specific situations. Our message that God’s man is not a sinner heals guilt and speeds regeneration.
The Bible and Christian Science literature, including our textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, The Christian Science Monitor, Sentinel, and The Christian Science Bible Lessons are distributed where appropriate. Our purpose is to provide help where sought and is not to “spread” Christian Science in the institutions. We are not there to proselytize. We are there to share the Christ,Truth as taught in Christian Science and to help them find their real identities as the children of God. There are state guidelines that must be adhered to and are available from the Internet or the Committee office.
Our volunteers do not become involved in giving personal advice, nor do they aid in legal matters. The work is wholly on a spiritual basis. They may pray with the residents or refer the need for help to a participating practitioner. All Christian Science treatment is given free of charge.