First Church of Christ, Scientist-Anderson, SC is a branch of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, world headquarters of the Christian Science movement.
The local Anderson church held its first services as an Informal Group in 1970 in various locations on the campus of Clemson University. It was chartered as a Christian Science Society in 1975. Following purchase of a church building in Seneca, SC, the Christian Science Society, Seneca-Clemson, held its first church service there in 1977. Dedication of the church edifice was held in 1983, and in 1987 the Society was designated as First Church of Christ, Scientist, Seneca-Clemson.
The church site was sold in 2011, and the church membership relocated to the present site in Anderson in 2012, changing the name to First Church of Christ, Scientist-Anderson, Inc. of SC.
The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the foundation for the theology and practice of Christian Science. It is a Christian denomination, with the Bible and especially Jesus’ teachings at the heart of its practice. In Christian Science, God is understood as always upholding the health and well-being of His creation. The power of prayer lies not in faith alone but in a deeper understanding of God and His divine laws that embrace humanity and result in healing.
Everyone can choose for themselves and their families the kind of health care that meets their needs. By practicing Christian Science, many have lived free of drugs and other systems of physical care, and maintained good health.
In 1866, a life-threatening injury compelled Mary Baker Eddy, of Lynn Massachusetts, to turn to God. She opened her Bible to an account of Jesus healing a man quickly and completely of palsy. A new sense of God, Spirit, flooded her thought and she was immediately healed. For the next several years she searched the Bible, discovering the underlying laws of God that formed the basis of her teaching and practice of Christian Science. This study resulted in her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which contains the full explanation of Christian Science and its practice of spiritual healing.
"...God is love." - I John 4:8
"Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need."
Mary Baker Eddy