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John Winton has been a congregant at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Grass Valley for 11 years.
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John Winton has been a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Grass Valley since he and his wife moved here from Bellevue, Washington about 11 years ago.

But Winton said he has been involved in that denomination all his life.

“Christian Science is everything to me,” he said. “It has brought into my life the peace and harmony that each one of us strives to have.”



Winton said the doctrine “offers an alternate way of thinking.

“God made everything and it was very good,” he said. “If we can get our thoughts out of the material world and start putting everything on a spiritual basis, then we can see that evil and ill health and so on really doesn’t have any power over us because it does not come from God.




“It exists in the human consciousness, but God does not know of that,” he added. “God is all, God is everything, and God’s love fills all space. God does not know about evil. Christian Science is all about healing ourselves, and our community and our world, and we do that through scientific prayer. Christian Science is the science of the Christ.”

Winton owned a risk management company in the Seattle area for over 40 years, but now serves as a volunteer Christian Science chaplain. He has been going to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility for eight years and has also served at a state prison and several other correctional facilities. He talks to inmates about their relationship with God and how meaningful that relationship can be to change their lifestyle and ways of thinking so when they are released they can be productive citizens in society.

“Christian Science has never failed me,” he said. “I have never been to a hospital except to visit a friend. I have never been to a doctor except for a life insurance exam. I have never taken an aspirin or a vitamin pill or a drug of any nature whatever. Wherever there has been a challenge, whether the challenge has been of health, or a relationship, or financial, I have always turned to God.

“Christian Science is not only about physical healing. That’s just the bugle call for Christian Scientists to heal sin throughout the world. God is the only power,” he added.

As Winton goes in to see someone, he prays first, and tells them God loves them. He explains to them that the divine mind, the mind of God, is always controlling us. He says that evil, Satan, and the Devil do not control people. God is the only power, he says.

“It’s very gratifying,” Winton says. “Every week I see transformations of individuals. Some wonderful healings have taken place.

“Teaching them to let God into their lives and pray effectively has touched hundreds and hundreds — could be thousands — of individuals and now they are better people.”

First Church of Christ, Scientist is located at 375 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley. The phone number is (530) 273-9452.

Services are at 10 a.m. Sundays. They have a nursery and a Sunday School for children and youth up to the age of 20 at the same time as the worship service.

Worship services include music, the Lord’s Prayer, and Bible Lesson Sermons from the national headquarters of the Christian Science Movement in Boston. (The church does not have local clergy.) There are 26 subjects that rotate through the year, each with a Bible citation or verse and something from the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures,” by Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the movement. All Christian Scientists study the same Bible lesson all week.

On Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., the church has a Testimonial Meeting when members share how they have applied Christian Science in their daily lives.

There’s also a Christian Science library/bookstore/reading room at 147 Mill St. in Grass Valley. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all are welcome. A librarian and an attendant are always there.

For more information, visit their website http://christiansciencegrassvalley.org.

Janet Ann Collins is a freelance writer in Nevada County and author of books for children. She can be reached at jan@janetanncollins.com or http://www.janetanncollins.com.


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