Prayer and healing - is there a connection?

Throughout the world, people are discovering ways prayer can make huge differences in one’s life. International speaker, Mark Swinney, says, “I have found in my own experience that gaining even just a little understanding of how prayer works means that your life never again will be the same.”

Swinney will present a talk titled, “What is it that connects prayer with healing?” on Saturday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 40447 Redbud Drive in Oakhurst. Several members of the Christian Science church in Oakhurst chose to invite Swinney to speak on this topic after listening to excerpts of his talk on the Internet.

“Mr. Swinney’s approach to prayer resonates with anyone wanting to understand God more fully,” Diane Speer, one of the event organizers for the church explains. “It has been our goal to bring a speaker to town that will offer practical encouragement to a diverse local community. People in the area find comfort and support in the many wonderful churches that are located here. We want to offer a talk that is universal. Prayer fits that requirement. Prayer is at the heart of what churches help us do, but it is also available to anyone, right where they are.”

“This lecture is all about the power of God’s love to heal,” says Swinney. “I will explore how feeling—how sensing spiritually—the presence of God as Love has the effect of bringing moments of wonderful inspiration and enlightenment—moments that actually reform and cure.”

A practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, Mark Swinney, has devoted more than twenty-five years to praying with people and empowering people to pray effectively for themselves. A prolific author with more than 250 published articles addressing numerous facets of prayer and healing, Mark’s love for God shines very brightly. He has traveled much of the world speaking about his heartfelt love for God and Christian healing, and is known for his honesty, humor, and candid style.

Swinney is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and lives in Sandia Park, New Mexico. The ideas he will share in his talk are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and as discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

All members of the community are invited to attend the free talk which will last one hour. Childcare will be available at the church for children of all ages. More information about the event can be found on the church website: or you can call 559-683-7447.