About First Church of Christ, Scientist, Downers Grove
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, established The Church of Christ, Scientist. This consists of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, and all of its branches throughout the world. This church is one of the branches, and has been part of the religious life of Downers Grove for over 100 years. Members not only enjoy the spiritual support and growth of their fellow members through participation in church services and activites, but also take time to enjoy each others' company in various informal gatherings throughout the year.
There are 26 set topics for the Lesson-Sermon, selected by Mary Baker Eddy herself. The topics follow each other in an unchanging, predetermined order, and the progression starts over mid-year so that every week in the year has a topic devoted to it. In years in which there are 53 Sundays, the topic "Christ Jesus" occurs a third time, in December. There is also a Lesson-Sermon for Thanksgiving Day. The topics are:
- Christ Jesus
- Are Sin, Disease and Death Real?
- Doctrine of Atonement
- Probation After Death
- Everlasting Punishment
- Adam and Fallen Man
- Mortals and Immortals
- Soul and Body
- Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced
- God the Only Cause and Creator
- God the Preserver of Man
- Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?
- Christian Science