Christian Science Church Bedford

I generally stop by area churches as I travel and Bedford was no exception and here are some photos taken during a visit to the Christian Science Church Society locate in the city.  I attended a service and met the members in attendance who were very cordial and helpful.

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I walked around the exterior of the building and snapped a few photos and as you can see it is well maintained with a large parking lot adjacent to the building.  There are a few shrubs along the exterior and help to beautify the property and landscape efforts.

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I walked in the front door in to the foyer and was met by a member who greeted me and answered a few questions.  Directly in front of me was the main area where services are held so I stepped in for a minute as I had some time until the services started.  It is filled with padded chairs with the stage and podium to the front.  There were members milling about in this area and after a short conversation I moved on to the remainder of the church.

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From the foyer if you look left there is a reading room and it is filled with books and items for visitors. Obviously well stocked and cared for I walked in and looked around for a few minutes.

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Stepping out of the reading room and turning left I walked into the sunday school area and it is also well appointed with desks and learning materials for the children.  Some of the students were already seated and I met one of the teachers.  As soon as I started speaking everyone turned around to see who it was as they heard a new voice and I have an “Accent”.  This is something I did not grow weary of during my trip through England as it is a conversation starter and I had not been anywhere up to that point where I had an accent and could understand the locals.  The children seemed to be fascinated with my accent and it was a bit humorous.  Anyhow, services were starting so I walked back to the auditorium.

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The services follow a standard format and I listened with great interest as the readers ran the service.  It was great and afterwards I spoke with the people who attended the service.  They were all quite friendly and I told them of my plans for the day.  They were very helpful and offered advice and told me I could use their lot while I visited Bedford. I thanked everyone and went on my way visiting the city and having fun and a local festival.

 

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