Red Bridge Reading Room gets a new look

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Sharon Morash and Janet Bereolos share reading responsibilities during Sunday morning services. Photo by Kathy Feist

Christian Science Reading Room in Red Bridge Gets Updated

By Kathy Feist

A step through the doors of the Christian Science Reading Room at Red Bridge Shopping Center has always brought a sense of peace and calm. The pastel blues and pinks were soothing colors that matched its nurturing environment. One could sit on one of  the overstuffed mismatched chairs and read healing words in solitude.

But the Reading Room, which has been at the shopping strip since 2003, is now being spiffed up, matching the renovation of the shopping center. The Christian Science Society, which runs the Reading Room, is holding an Open House during the South Kansas City Block Party on Saturday, October 13, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Located at the south side of the shopping center,  the Reading Room now has replaced the pastels once popular in the 1990s with jewel tone colors. Dark purple walls, emerald green carpet tiles, and new foam green sofas complement a large mural of a world atlas in similar colors. Two overstuffed chairs were reupholstered with bright colored flowers popping out of a black background. Modern white leather chairs grace the entrance.

The Reading Room serves as both a Christian Science Reading Room and a place for Sunday morning services for the Christian Science Society. The Society is a smaller, more informal gathering of Christian Science members. Its Reading Room, open during various times of the week, is open to the public to explore the healing teachings of Jesus Christ and/or Mary Baker Eddy who founded the church.

In 1875, Mary Baker Eddy wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures as a source of helping anyone of any religious denomination to heal themselves with a new spiritual interpretation of the Bible. Eight million copies were sold, creating a sensation and a movement from those healed of various maladies. Eddy soon found herself forming a school teaching others, called Christian Science Practitioners, to heal. As the movement grew, the school was replaced by a religion with thousands of churches popping up around the world.

Christian Science focuses on Jesus’ healing works and interprets the Bible from a spiritual viewpoint rather than material. The core of their belief is that God is Love.

In addition to the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, monthly and weekly publications share testimonials of people who had healed themselves and how they healed themselves. Hence the purpose of a Reading Room.

Nowadays, those publications continue today both in print and online. The Reading Room provides both as well as a volunteer who can answer questions or share his or her story of being healed.

The Reading Room hours are from 10 am to 3 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 4 to 7 pm on Wednesday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. Their Sunday morning services are at 9:30 am. For more information, call 816.941.0793 or email cssokc@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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