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Pleasant View home on Pleasant Street, Concord, 

the home of Mary Baker Eddy from 1892-1908.

[Press Release] LEARN TO PRAY AND HEAL: A Spiritual Adventure 
Interested in learning how to pray effectively? Then this is the talk for you! Nate Frederick will be sharing some of his best experiences, insights, and tips on how to heal mind and body. His live lecture “Learn to pray and heal” explores faith that isn’t blind, how to understand God as Love itself and how to express Love unselfishly.

Nate’s talk is inspired by the Bible-based healing principles discovered by Mary Baker Eddy and set down in her breakthrough book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Everyone is welcome to attend this free one-hour talk on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 PM at the Red River Theatres, 11 South Main Street, Concord, NH.  Parking is available in the garage on Storrs Street.

Nate studied perennial religion at Hampshire College where he was introduced to Christian Science healing. After traveling the world for a year and hiking extensively in the Himalayas, Nate came to Boston in 2008 to work for his church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist.  Since then, he has served in many capacities, including launching and producing the award-winning Daily Lift podcast and Time4Thinkers’ Weekly Musician. Nate has shared the Good News at jails, rehab centers and interfaith-events. He’s also been widely involved in composing, producing and performing Christian music.

Nate’s many hobbies include adventuring in the outdoors and writing songs, but he says, “Without comparison, my greatest love, my greatest joy— my mission — is to transform lives and heal the sick through Christianly Scientific prayer.” Nate has seen everything from broken hearts to broken bones and cancer healed through prayer alone.

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Photos taken during the lecture have been posted on the Red River Theatres Facebook page at:


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How did a 19th century woman arrive at concepts that are still ahead of their time a century later? 

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) was a pathfinding thinker who wrote about the “Science of Christianity” and its practical effects on health. 

Christian Science has deep roots in Concord. It’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy, grew up in nearby Bow, NH, and had her residence and the headquarters of her movement in Concord for 19 years. For over 100 years there have been talks on Christian Science in the area given every year by practitioners of Christian Science who speak about Christian Science and its system of healing.

Chet Manchester lectures on Mrs. Eddy worldwide. He is a practitioner, teacher of Christian Science, and a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

On christianscience.com Chet says of his experiences:

“I love Christian Science, creativity, and youthful thinking.  For the last twenty years, I’ve had the grand adventure of putting all these to work in numerous roles at The Mother Church and The Mary Baker Eddy Library.  After college, I lived in places like Kenya, France, and Los Angeles.  While working professionally as creative director and video producer, my greatest love was always healing.  This came into sharp focus for me after a failed film venture in the 1990s that resulted in a serious health problem.  One morning, I opened to Mary Baker Eddy’s words in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, “The heart that beats mostly for self is seldom alight with love.”  I realized that the SOLE function of the heart is to beat for God, to give God our all.  There’s nothing more demanding (in a good way) and freeing than giving one’s heart to God, devoting oneself to spiritual healing.  This shift in motive and thought brought profound healing and progress to my life. I’ve never looked back.  I’ll be honest, it took me years to commit myself fully to the public practice of Christian Science healing.  But it’s been an absolute joy to give myself to this ministry since 2009, as well as to serve on the Christian Science Board of Lectureship since 2007.  Mary Baker Eddy’s vision for Christian Science was and is breathtaking, and there’s no question that her life and ideas are ripe for rediscovery in the 21st century.”

During his freshmen year at Dartmouth College, Chet Manchester took a class in alternative education that inspired him to drop out of college and map out his own approach to education. Pursuing his love for art, illustration, and filmmaking, Chet earned a degree in studio art from Principia College in 1982. Since then, he has lived and worked in Kenya, France, and on both US coasts. His artistic and storytelling skills brought him to Seneca Falls, New York, in 1998 where he helped to design an exhibit about Mary Baker Eddy for the Women’s Rights National Historic Park. He later served as creative director for the exhibits and programs that opened in Boston at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in 2002. Chet also wrote a screenplay about Eddy and contributed to the research for a feature film about Mark Twain’s fascination with her. Since then, he has devoted his energies to an active ministry of spiritual healing as a Christian Science practitioner, teacher, and lecturer. In 2012, he served as President of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, which publishes the Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor. Today, Chet helps to manage the international speakers bureau for the Christian Science church from his home base in King Ferry, New York where he lives with his wife and two children. Chet’s blogs and talks can be found regularly on christianscience.com.

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The Real You – No Limitations

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by Tom McElroy, C.S.,

Christian Science International Board of Lectureship

Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. 

Kimball Jenkins School of Art 

266 N Main Street, Concord

Child care will be provided.

                                                                                                                                  Tom McElroy being interviewed

Tom was interviewed by JaneE King on November 6th on her television program New Earth Lifestyles on channel 23 in Manchester, NH.  It was also broadcast on Saturday, November 8th at 10 am, Monday, November 10th at 5 pm and Tuesday, November 11th at 10 am.

Here is the link to the interview:


Press Release:

The next in the annual series of talks for Concord

on Christian Science and its founder Mary Baker Eddy.

The purpose of this talk is to introduce Christian Science and its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, and to expand understanding of the fresh and available power of Christ healing in our daily experience.

For more information contact the Christian Science Reading Room at 34 North Main Street, Concord: 603-224-0212

Check the talk out on line at: http://bit.ly/1qEP5qC

Christian Science has deep roots in Concord. It’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy, grew up in nearby Bow, NH, and had her residence and the headquarters of her movement in Concord for 19 years. For over 100 years there have been talks on Christian Science in the area given every year by practitioners of Christian Science who speak about Christian Science and its system of healing. This year alone, free public talks have been given in Milford, Nashua, Derry, Manchester, Portsmouth, Dover, Hanover, New London and Laconia.  Concord’s talk will be presented on December 2nd, and the final talk for this calendar year will be presented in Plymouth on December 7th.

Concord’s talk is entitled: “The Real You—No Limitations.” Our lecturer, Tom McElroy, lives in the Boston area and has lectured all over the United States and in many countries abroad. After graduating from college Tom ran a branch of finance bank, and at the same time, volunteered as a prison Chaplain in Los Angeles, where he worked with inmates in men’s, women’s, and youth facilities.  Tom comments: “I’ve always loved meeting new people and learning fresh and inspiring ideas. Through my study of Christian Science, I’ve found that a better understanding of God helps me connect with all kinds of people and to appreciate and enjoy the many diverse expressions of divine Life and Love which fill the globe. It will be a real treat to be in Concord for this talk.”   Come and give Tom an opportunity to nourish your spirit!


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Concord hears a talk on defeating violence with prayer…

 John Q Adams

Defeating Violence: An Invitation

to the Community to Pray

Concord, NH PATCH Post by Chris Coombs, June 27, 2013

Concord, NH:  Following the Newtown, Connecticut massacre and the Boston bombing, cities and individuals all over, have been grappling for solutions to end the cycle of violence facing our communities.  On Monday, June 17th, First Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science Church), with over a 100 year history in Concord, offered a public talk as a gift to the community at Concord High School, to take a fresh look at prayer as a key solution to combat violence. Local business executive Chris Coombs, a member of the Church’s Board noted, “We wanted to engage with our community to look for a more meaningful solution to stop violence.  As part of the faith community, we feel that appealing to the heart of each and every individual helps the process of healing the culture of violence in a very real way.”

The Christian Science Church invited Mr. John Quincy Adams III, CSB, an international speaker based in New York City to come to Concord to give a talk titled Defeating Violence with Prayer.  Mr. Adams is in the healing ministry of Christian Science and is an authorized teacher and lecturer who has spoken everywhere, in prison facilities, educational institutions, churches, medical facilities, and drug treatment centers. Adams, who has been a healer for over 25 years, was himself healed of a serious drug habit using the system of healing as taught in Christian Science.

Mary Baker Eddy, a resident of Concord during the 19th century, was an author, religious pioneer and spiritual healer who discovered Christian Science in 1866.  Her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, is a book with universal ideas about practical spirituality.  Mrs. Eddy also founded a college for teaching Christian Science healing, an international church, and multiple publications, including the world-renowned, award-winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor

A New View of Man/Woman

Those who attended the talk were given a fresh look at the practicality of man’s identity as created in the image of God, as stated in the Holy Bible (Genesis 1:26-27).  “Each of us is an individual expression of God and we are each connected.  Understanding this deeply, we can know that each one is our brother or sister and so we would not want to hurt our family,” noted Adams. During the talk, Adams shared accounts of individuals who overcame violent impulses through prayer that awakened them to their true spiritual nature as a child of God.  And with that awakening, and through it a humble acknowledgement of wrong, both individuals had major character transformations that resulted in physical healings as well. Through prayer alone, one was healed of a severely injured hand that occurred during a fistfight.  Another individual was completely liberated from a life of gang violence and was also healed of fractured facial bones from a motorcycle accident and a medically diagnosed case of diabetes.

As evidenced by these illustrations of healing, the power of prayer transforms individual lives, which in turn, will result in a positive impact on the community. “Evil cannot be defeated with evil, but can only be overcome and destroyed through our prayers and good efforts,” Mr. Adams shared.

Among those who attended was a pastor from a different denomination who expressed his appreciation for the talk. To paraphrase: “I have been aware of Christian Science and its emphasis on healing for some time, but this is the first time I have acted to learn more. I am so glad I did!”  Another attendee commented, “Wow, that’s a lot to think about! It’s really radically different to think of man as the perfect offspring of a perfect, right-now-present God! And it is really something to think that we can, by praying every day along these lines, make a difference in our own lives, and by that, touch the lives of so many others with our healing thought!”

Jennifer Doak, an attorney and a Christian Scientist, noted, “I am grateful that we were able to share and extend our love to our community through this talk.  We each came away with new insight and refreshed resolve to pray for an end to violence.”

Silent Prayer for the Community

At the conclusion of the talk, the entire audience was urged to observe a time of silence to pray for the community and the world.  The time of silence was a powerful “exclamation point” to know and understand that each person’s individual prayer can help end the cycle of violence and bring about a culture of peace.  Coombs commented:  “Much good will come from this. Our community will continue to be blessed by this event.”

For future talks and more information, please visit the Christian Science Reading Room, a spiritual resource center open to the public and located at 34 N. Main Street in downtown Concord. More information is available on line at  www.christianscienceconcordnh.orgwww.christianscience.com, or www.time4thinkers.com.

John Quincy Adams

Around the world, societies and individuals are grappling with the problem of violence, searching for an alternative. International speaker, practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, John Q. Adams says, “I’ve seen in my own experience how prayer brings solutions to the problem of violence.” For over 25 years John has shared the healing power of prayer to transform individual lives spiritually through Christian Science healing.

Adams, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, will present a talk titled, “Defeating Violence with Prayer.”  He will reference the original sourcebooks on Christian healing, the Bible, along with Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, a book of universally applicable ideas on practical spirituality.   Christian Science, a religion and system of healing, was discovered and founded by Mary Baker Eddy, a prominent resident of Concord for 19 years.  This community healing event is an opportunity for folks to explore together the healing power of prayer to defeat violence.

Both here in New Hampshire and all across the country, folks are reeling from the bombardment of news stories of unthinkable violence.  For sure, we all need a healing answer to this aggressive and domineering issue. Whether it’s cyber-bullying, date rape, domestic or child abuse, or acts of terror, everyone has been impacted by violence and most are seeking a peaceful solution.

“During this talk, I will share accounts of individuals who overcame violent impulses through prayer that awakened them to their true spiritual nature as a child of God,” says Adams.  “Through an acknowledgement of wrong, both individuals had major character transformations that resulted in physical healings as well: one of a severely injured hand that occurred during a fist fight, and the other of fractured facial bones from a motorcycle accident, and a medically diagnosed case of diabetes.  The major thrust of this lecture is to emphasize that evil cannot be defeated with evil, but that it can be overcome and destroyed through our prayers and good efforts.”

Originally from Ohio, Adams moved to New York City to pursue an acting career, studying with Lee Strasberg and Herbert Berghoff.  He was healed of a serious drug habit through his study of Science and Health.  This healing changed his life, bringing renewed commitment to his spiritual journey, As a successful businessman, Adams owned a total of nine flower stores in New York City. In 1985, he sold his businesses and took up the full-time work as a practitioner of Christian Science healing. As a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, Adams speaks internationally on the power of prayer to heal.  He travels from his home in New York City.

For any questions, please contact:

The Christian Science Reading Room between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM at 224-0212 or 603-706-0862 in the evening.

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Christine photoChristine Driessen, C.S.B.

Concord Gets a Refresher on Christian Science

December 4, 2012

 Published in the Concord Monitor

Tuesday evening at the McAulliffe Shepard Discovery Center a near capacity crowd got to hear a lecture on the economy, jobs and employment and how we can all count on the everpresence of Infinite Resources and Infinite Intelligence to manifest themselves in Infinite Supply (the title of the lecture). Participants considered concepts discovered and introduced to everyone over a century ago by Concord-based, Bow-born Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the world-wide movement of Christian Science.

The Lecturer, Christine Driessen, is a full-time practitioner, who dedicates herself to the very practical and reliable healing of all manner of challenges through prayer to this Infinite Intelligence. Driessen also teaches Christian Science and lectures all over the world as an active member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, based in Boston.

The audience was promised an hour and a half but lingered for over two hours, learning with Driessen’s presentation and guidance where they could go in the Bible and the Christian Science textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scripture, by Eddy, to learn the everpresent availability of  infinite, divine Love’s abundant care for each of us. 

Time flew, and it took another 30 minutes for Driessen to answer questions from participants who hungered to know more, after the lecture concluded.  An appropriate exploration for the Discovery Center, enjoyed and appreciated by those who attended. All were given their “manna” that evening, for sure.

If you missed the lecture, or want to see it again or learn more about what underpins its points, we have it available at our Christian Science Reading Room in a video that Christine gave in another location. The Reading Room is located at 34 North Main Street in Concord. The lecture’s references in the Bible and Science and Health are there to explore, along with a bibliography of articles and verified testimonies of healing based on this scientific system of healing through prayer. It’s a place to go for your spiritual growth, regardless of your religion. You won’t experience any interference with your spiritual foundation. But the attendant will be happy to answer your questions if you have any.

The other opportunity for those who attended and all who wished they had, is to come to a Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, held at 7PM in the Church at the corner of N. State and School Street in town. 

A warm and supportive welcome awaits all who come. There one will witness how those relying on Christian Science have applied it’s teachings to their problems, and found healing and love and appreciated progress in their exploration of spiritual unfoldment in their lives.

All are always welcome to these events and services. All who come find answers. Healing is what Christian Science is all about. For more information on the lecture, the church services and the reading room, check them out on line at www.christianscienceconcordnh.org

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This was given as a handout to lecture attendees:

 Infinite Supply, Infinite Intelligence, Infinite Opportunities

by Christine Driessen, C.S.B.


 “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God” and great shall be their peace. John 6:45 & Is. 54:13

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt. 6:25-34

  1. Putting God first in our lives reveals infinite Spirit as the source of all good—our divine inheritance.
  • S&H 60:29 – “Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul. Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man.”
  • Mark 12:30-31– 2 great Commandments – Love God supremely; love your neighbor as God loves them.
  • S&H 340:15 – Recognizing only one God, one power, one Mind enables us to overcome all the world’s challenges.
  • S&H 494:10-15 – Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.
  • John 14:12 – Whoever believes in Christ power can also prove this power in their own lives.
  • Ex. 16 – Through God’s guidance, Moses freed an enslaved race and provided food and water to them in the wilderness.
  • Genesis 25-33 – Young man, Jacob, changed from a material view of his inheritance which involved dishonesty, selfishness and conflict, to a God-centered approach which revealed his infinite inheritance from God.
  • Gen. 37 – 48 – Young man, Joseph, facing continual setbacks and injustices, continued to obey the two great Commandments. God gave him the wisdom and opportunity to design a program which saved thousands of lives.
  • Daniel 1 – 4 young men refused to rely on meat and wine—human ways and means to succeed in their education. Instead they relied on God, Spirit, and excelled.
  • Ruth, I Kings 17:1-16, II Kings 4:1-6 – God provides for widows and the prophets, illustrating Love’s infinite resources.
  • Matt. 14:14-21 / Matt. 15:32-38 – Jesus multiplied 5 loaves and 2 fishes to feed five thousand and then 7 loaves and 2 fishes to feed four thousand.
  • Gen. 1 – Spirit alone creates and Its creation is infinite and entirely good; no evil.
  • S&H 587 – definition of God – perfect God.
  • S&H 475 – definition of man (each one of us, male and female) – perfect man.
  • S&H 260:13 – possibility of achieving all good; but distrust of one’s ability ensures failure at the outset.
  • Mal. 3:10 – Gratitude to God brings infinite blessings into our experience.
  1. Putting God first protects us from deception, lack, loss, or failure.
  • Gen 2 & 3 – Material and false view of creation, man and substance which can be lost.
  • S&H 71:2 – Evil is never person , place nor thing.
  • Matt. 13:3-23 and Luke 8:4-15 – Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed—states of thought which impede our success or which ensure it. 



Dear friends and neighbors,                                                              December 4, 2012


            We are so glad many of you joined us for Christine Driessen’s lecture on:


“Infinite Resources, Infinite Intelligence, Infinite Supply”


 Has this lecture opened a new door in thought to the presence and power of Infinite Intelligence, equipped with Infinite Resources, to make a real difference in your spiritual growth and experience? We hope so!


The following articles are on the bookshelves at your local Christian Science Reading Room, wherever you live. They are just a smattering of the abundance of articles and documented healings that you will find there of all manner of challenges. We hope you save this list, make a bee-line for the Christian Science Reading Room closest to you, and dig in to learn more about how much your Father loves and cares for you, now and always!


The key for the article is as follows:


Publication: S=SentinelJ=Journal YearYear of publication VolumeVolume of publication NumberIssue number PagePage where the article starts


Here in the Bibliography we also list the article title and author


S 2004 106 14 6 “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs…” Tom Black. Actually this entire Sentinel is dedicated to employment and other issues of that kind. A GREAT READ!
S 1934 37 16 304 “Right View of Finances…”  Alice Cort Right
S 2001 103 28 14 “Paying the Bills with God’s Help…” Elaine Lang
J 1991 109 6 21 “Careers….” Anonymous
J 1995 113 3 5 “God’s Direction-Why had I …” David Sleeper
J 1995 113 3 5 “Primary Employment…” Russ Gerber
J 1998 116 5 28 “Job Seekers, Home Seekers…” Raymond Mathews
J 1999 117 2 45 Ed: “The Right Perspective on Employment Security…” Margaret Rogers
J 2001 119 2 53 “Employment issues solved through prayer…”Testimony by R. Bottorff
J 1979 97 5 282 “Our Jobs Seen Spiritually…” Isabel F. Bates
S 2010 112 40 12 “Prayers for consistent employment…” “S. Seid-Graham
S 2009 111 35 14 In the News-A Spiritual Perspective…”: Susan Sunke
S 2009 111 7 14 “In the News- A Spritual Perspective: A Brighter outlook for employment…”  Rebeccas Odegard
J 2003 121 5 15 Testimony: “Trusting God brings Employment” Stephen Agnew
J 2010 112 23 15 “Spiritual Economy 101….” Caryl Farkas
S 2008 110 45 6 “The Wellspring of God’s Economy…” Scott Preller
S 2008 110 8 6 “Finding Solid Ground in a Stormy Economy…” Ned Odegard
S 2010 112 51 6 “Sentinel Watch: The Economy-And Jesus’ Business Model…” Barbara Vining


We wecome you to visit our Reading Room at 34 North Main Street here in Concord. Our hours and phone number are posted on the website. There are Christian Science Reading Rooms all over the State, so check on line at ChristianScience.org to learn where the closest one is to you.


We hope you enjoyed the lecture, and we welcome your questions. And most of all, we hope and expect that you will find that Infinite Intelligence, Infinite Resources and Infinite Supply in your experience, now and always!

These are the pre-lecture invitations:

Dear friends and neighbors,

In a world atmosphere of economic uncertainty, it is refreshing to hear someone talk about security and supply from a spiritual perspective. We are excited to invite you to come and hear Christine Driessen, an international speaker, and practitioner and teacher of Christian Science who is coming to Concord, NH to speak about :

“Infinite Resources, Infinite Intelligence, Infinite Supply”

at the McAulliffe/Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH

Her talk will address how there are spiritual laws underlying the true economy, which enable every individual to succeed, and the divine law of supply and demand insures that there is an equality–that each person has God-given talents and resources which can never be lost nor taken away. Supply always meets demand and demand always meets supply in the divine economy where our true resources are spiritual and therefore inexhaustible.

Christine will share examples of her work that demonstrate how relying on infinite Mind and intelligence change our basis from a material perspective to a spiritual one.. Her ideas are based on The Bible and Science and Health with key to The Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, a world leader of the 19th and early 20th century, and a Concord, NH native and resident.

Before entering this healing practice, Christine worked as an inner city school teacher, a professional harpist and dancer, Director of the Indo-Chinese Refugee Legal Assistance Program, and an attorney specializing in criminal, juvenile and domestic litigation.

This lecture/workshop is sure to be like a refreshing cup of cold water in a desert of human fears. We cannot wait to share it with you.

For more information about the lecture or our church or to get answers on Christian Science, please feel welcome to stop in at our Christian Science Reading Room at 34 North Main Street in Concord (603-224-0212), go to our website or call us any time at 603-706-0862.


 [Editor’s Note:  Prior to 2012 our church did not have a detailed website, only the bare essentials and did not post any Lecture information.]




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