First Church of Christ, Scientist, Richmond

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First Church of Christ, Scientist, Richmond
The church from the northwest
51°27′39″N 0°18′01″W / 51.4609°N 0.3003°W / 51.4609; -0.3003Coordinates: 51°27′39″N 0°18′01″W / 51.4609°N 0.3003°W / 51.4609; -0.3003
Location Richmond, London
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Christian Science
Website www.fccsrichmond.org.uk/index.php/
Architecture
Functional status active
Architect(s) W Braxton Sinclair and Barton[1]
Groundbreaking 1939
Completed 1953

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Richmond, is a church on Sheen Road, Richmond, London. It is a branch of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, which was founded in 1879.[2]

Architecture[edit]

It was built between 1939 and 1953; the architects were W Braxton Sinclair[1] (who also designed the Grade II listed[3] First Church of Christ Scientist, Bromley)[4] and Barton.[1] Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner describe it as having "heavily modelled red brickwork, with some fine Baroque details".[1]

Services and activities[edit]

On Sunday mornings there is a church service and also a Sunday school for children and young people up to the age of 20. A weekly testimony meeting on Wednesdays evenings includes readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, hymns, prayer and an opportunity to share testimonies of healing, experiences and remarks on Christian Science.[2]

The building includes a reading room which provides a quiet area for prayer and study.[2]

The church is registered as a place of worship in accordance with the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855; its number on the register is 81398.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 519. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  2. ^ a b c "Welcome". First Church of Christ, Scientist, Richmond. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "First Church of Christ Scientist, Bromley". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Art Deco Buildings: London examples". London Footprints. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Registered in accordance with the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (Number in Worship Register: 81398; Name: First Church of Christ, Scientist, Richmond; Address: 35 Sheen Road, Richmond TW9 1AD; Denomination: Christian Scientists). Retrieved 20 January 2013. (Archived version of list)

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