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General questions

What is the Christian Science Sentinel? 

  • The Christian Science Sentinel is a weekly publication founded by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. She gave the Sentinel its purpose—to "hold guard over Truth, Life, and Love," and its motto, in Jesus’ words: “What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353 and Mark 13:37).
  • The Sentinel has been continuously published since 1898. 
  • The Sentinel continues to watch over current issues and thought trends, showing how the healing power of Truth, Life, and Love activates, uplifts, and transforms people’s lives. 
  • The Sentinel content is available online and in print via monthly and yearly subscriptions.
  • At the end of 2020 the new Sentinel digital experience will launch, beginning with several months of a beta period that will be free for all readers to access at no charge. After the beta period ends, later in 2021, readers will need to log in as subscribers. Access to the digital Sentinel will then be included with the cost of your Sentinel print or JSH-Online subscription.

Why are you making changes to the Sentinel? 

  • The redesigned Sentinel supports each of us as sentinels, watching for the message of Christ, which makes it possible to prayerfully respond to the deepest needs of our community and the world.
  • The newest changes help keep the Sentinel “abreast of the times,” as Mary Baker Eddy instructed in a Church By-Law (see Church Manual, Art VIII, Sect 14, p. 44), by being alert to the mental trends of today that call for healing answers and using today’s channels and forms of communication to stay current in an ever-changing print and, especially, digital landscape.
  • “Millions of unprejudiced minds—simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert—are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the consequences” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 570).
  • Adding a strong digital component to the Sentinel connects its work to the more than 4.5 billion people worldwide who are connected to the internet. And every day, for the last five years, more than 600,000 people have accessed the internet for the first time.

What is the difference between the print and digital formats of the new Sentinel?

  • The new print edition of the Sentinel includes concise editorials and testimonies of healing starting on the cover page to get directly to the heart of how Christian Science transforms thoughts and lives. Inside, the layout is clear, simple, and easy to read, and includes Quick Response (QR) codes to access special online content. If you’re a regular Sentinel reader, you’ll see many familiar features, including articles for teens or kids, and the Bible Lens—now with a fresh look. New columns, such as Glimpses of Truth, Healing Snapshots, and Signs of the Times, will also be featured periodically.
  • The new digital edition of the Sentinel gives timely responses to humanity’s current needs with online articles and podcasts—to support your prayerful response more immediately. You can also sign up to receive notifications that let you know when new content is available. You can easily find the current week’s issue and scan the contents for what you want to listen to or read on any digital device. The user-friendly digital interface makes sharing something you saw in print easier than ever before. And you can listen to Sentinel Watch, the latest articles, and online exclusives, or play an entire Sentinel issue continuously—anytime, anywhere.

What are the key features of the updated Sentinel?

  • Editorials and testimonies of healing in the print edition are concise—starting on the front page—and quickly get to the heart of how Christian Science transforms thoughts and lives.
  • Content is timely, with online features that address current world issues.
  • The Sentinel digital can be read on any device: computer, smartphone, tablet, eReader.
  • The Sentinel digital reading experience is enhanced for printing, downloading, and adjusting font size.
  • Email notifications let you know when new content is posted online. Not receiving these newsletters? Sign up here.
  • You can listen to articles and podcasts or entire Sentinel issues.
  • “Quick Response” (QR) codes in the print edition allow you to easily access online extras and share them with others.
  • Text is clear and easy to read, and layout is spacious and clean to create a comfortable reading experience, both online and in print. 

What is the difference between the print and digital formats of the new Sentinel?

  • Sentinel content is available in text and audio online, and through a weekly printed magazine. The digital edition is optimized for use on mobile devices, computers, eReaders, and tablets. If you subscribe to the weekly Sentinel print edition, it will be mailed to your home. Individual copies can be purchased from your local Christian Science Reading Room.
  • If you subscribe to the print edition or to JSH-Online, you will automatically have access to the digital Sentinel experience, which includes current issues and special digital content.

How often is new Sentinel content published?

  • New Sentinel content is published weekly in print. Online articles/audio features in our digital edition are updated both weekly in support of the print edition and more frequently to address pressing world issues—in the form of podcasts, new and archived material, TeenConnect articles, and other digital content.

What is the difference between the Sentinel digital and a subscription to JSH-Online?

  • Sentinel digital enables site visitors to read, download, and search the four most current Sentinel issues as well as 30-days of web exclusive articles and audio content. A JSH-Online subscription gives readers access to the current digital issues and all web exclusive content, some biographies of Mary Baker Eddy, and 100+ years of magazine archives online and PDF editions of each issue of The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel, and Herald as well as the ability to bookmark content.

How can I write for the Sentinel?

  • We'd love to have you share the insights and healings that have come about through your study and practice of Christian Science. Please complete the following steps:
  1. Review the submission guidelines and/or testimony guidelines.
  2. Write up your submission and save an electronic copy of your manuscript for your own records.
  3. When you are ready to submit your writing, please use the online submission form. A “Write for us” link is also available in the footer of every page.
  • We will follow up with you in the coming weeks after we have had time to review your submission.

How can I ask questions, share feedback and suggestions, or report typos to the editors or publisher?

  • At the bottom of each piece of content, you’ll find a “Send a comment to the Editors” link. Please use this to share your feedback, questions, suggestions for the Editors as well as to report typos.
  • If you have any technical questions, questions about subscriptions, or are seeking information about other Christian Science publications and activities, please use the “Contact us” link to be in touch.

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Subscriptions

How much does it cost?

  • A one-year print subscription (52 issues) can be purchased for $110.00; individual copies are available at local Christian Science Reading Rooms for  $4.25.
  • The Sentinel digital experience will launch simultaneously with the new print Sentinel. The new digital Sentinel will be in a “beta” phase (open for testing and feedback) for the first several months and will be free to all readers during this time. After the beta phase is complete, Sentinel digital will be included with a print Sentinel and JSH-Online subscription at no additional cost.
  • In addition, there are plans to explore offering a separate digital Sentinel subscription later in 2021.
  • For information and pricing for JSH-Online, please visit jsh.christianscience.com/subscribe

How can I subscribe to the Sentinel or give it as a gift?

  • To subscribe or give a gift to the print Sentinel magazine or JSH-Online, please visit our subscriptions page or contact us by phone: 617-450-2880 (English).

Where can I buy individual copies of the print edition?

  • Copies of the Sentinel can be purchased from your local Christian Science Reading Room. To find a Reading Room in your area, please visit our searchable directory.

How do I update my Sentinel subscription?

What if I don’t receive an issue of my print edition?

  • Please email Cspscustserv@cdsfulfillment.com or contact us by phone at 1-888-424-2535 (+1-515-362-7462 outside US/Canada)

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Navigating the print Sentinel edition

What are the Editorial and Keeping Watch sections?

  • Each Sentinel begins with an editorial leading you into the issue and framing a spiritual watch. This content is about the practice of Christian Science, whether related to current events or individual needs.  
  • The Keeping Watch section includes articles, poems, and short features from people who share with honesty and simplicity the spiritual insights coming from living Christian Science.

What is included in the Healings section?

  • Verified accounts of spiritual healing tell how Christian Science has healed disease and transformed lives. 

What is the Bible Lens?

  • The Bible Lens consists of scholarly research that is compiled each week to support the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons.  Explore historical notes, definitions, Greek and Hebrew terms, and select verses from alternate Bible translations to enhance your study of each week’s Bible Lesson.
  • You’ll find the Bible Lens at the back of each issue of the print Sentinel or by visiting the Sentinel landing page and scrolling down to the tile for the current week’s Bible Lens.
  • To find the Bible Lens for past or upcoming weeks, navigate to the specific issue page for the week you’d like to read, and scroll down to the Bible Lens section.
  • Learn more about the Bible Lesson.

How do I access web-exclusive articles, audio, and podcasts?

  • Visit Sentinel.ChristianScience.com and navigate to the “Audio” tab to access the audio of the full issues and individual articles as well as Sentinel Watch and other podcasts.

What’s a QR code and how do I use it?

  • A QR code stands for “Quick Response” and is a square-shaped bar code read by a smartphone. You’ll find QR codes in the print edition of the Sentinel that direct you to additional articles and content online. Watch this short video to learn more about how to use QR codes.
  1. Use the camera app on your smartphone to scan the QR code. You do not need to actually take a picture of the code, just aim your camera at it.
  2. A web-browser link will pop-up on your smartphone. Tap the link to be directed to the online Sentinel content.

Why does content start on the cover page?

  • Content starts on the cover page to more immediately get into the issue. It is representative of the fact that the Sentinel is not just a product or a magazine, but a call to prayerful action and an experience.

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Navigating the Sentinel digital

How do I locate the table of contents for this week’s issue?

  • This week’s issue is featured on the Sentinel homepage. As you scroll down this main page, you’ll find a tile for each piece of content in the issue.

How many issues of the Sentinel can I access?

  • Sentinel readers can read, listen to, download, and search the four most recent issues of the Sentinel. To browse issues available for reading, select the “Issues” tab.
  • For access to the full Sentinel archive as well as the full archive of Journal and Herald content, users need to be logged in as JSH-Online subscribers. To learn more about subscribing to JSH-Online, please visit the JSH-Online subscription options page.

What audio content does the Sentinel include?

  • The digital Sentinel includes the audio edition of each issue as well as exclusive podcasts such as Sentinel Watch. Use the “Audio” tab from the Sentinel homepage for quick access to current audio content.
  • To access This Week’s audio issue, please look for the “Listen to entire issue audio” button toward the top of the Sentinel landing page

What are “exclusives”?

  • The exclusives area is a landing page where you can access all digital-first Sentinel content: Sentinel Watch, audio articles, as well as web articles that address timely topics.

How do I locate my favorite Sentinel podcasts (Sentinel Watch, Daily Lift, etc.)?

  • Navigate to the “Audio” tab to find all your favorite podcasts and Sentinel audio content.

What Sentinel content is available for download?

  • Users can download all content published within the last 90 days. Older content is available to read or stream online.
  • The latest Sentinel issues are available in color PDF, printer friendly PDF, and eBook formats (ePub and MOBI).
  • Audio editions of the Sentinel are also available for download. Individual articles from the latest issues can be downloaded as MP3 tracks from each article page, or the entire audio issue can be downloaded from the “Audio” page or by following the links to “Listen to the entire issue” and using the download buttons.

How do I download article audio, and can I send it to iTunes?

  • When you click on the “Listen” button, the audio player includes a button that reads “Download MP3.” Click this button.
  • If the audio opens in a new browser window, but does not download to your computer, you will need to right-click the button and select “Download linked file” or “Save link as.” Save the MP3 file to your desktop.
  • Once you have downloaded the audio, you can import it to iTunes by dragging and dropping the file from your desktop into iTunes. You can also import it into iTunes by opening iTunes and clicking File→ Add to Library and selecting the audio file. 

How do I find archived Sentinel audio content such as Sentinel Radio and Sentinel chats?

  • When logged in as a JSH-Online subscriber, users can select the “Audio” tab from the Sentinel page and scroll down to the “More audio” section.

Are there full-text transcriptions of the audio content?

  • At this time, the audio content on the Sentinel digital site has not been transcribed beyond title, guest name, date, introduction, and description. This information is included with each audio podcast, chat, or program. However, text of some podcasts is sometimes featured in the print edition and is edited for length.
  • Sentinel Radio and other audio programs that have previously been transcribed and published in the print periodicals are available to subscribers in the JSH-Online archive.

How will I be notified of new issues and content?

  • Anyone can sign up to receive weekly email notifications alerting you  to new issues, podcasts, and content as they are published.
  • Subscribers can modify their email notification preferences by using the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the notification email.

Can I bookmark Sentinel content?

  • When logged in as a JSH-Online subscriber, you can bookmark content that you would like to save to your Bookmarks folder.

How can I access archived Sentinel content?

  • Sentinel readers can access the four most recently published issues by selecting the “Issues” tab.
  • Full access to the complete Sentinel archive is available with a subscription to JSH-Online.com.

How do I share content?

  • With each piece of content you will see a “Share” icon that allows you to share individual pieces via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Whatsapp.

What is the translate button and how do I use it?

  • This feature allows you to access content that has been translated into other languages and published in The Herald of Christian Science. If this button is gray and not functioning, it means that a translation does not exist.

What are the system requirements for accessing Sentinel digital?

  • Please see the JSH-Online.com FAQ section on this topic.

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Accessing the Sentinel on a mobile device

Is there a Sentinel app for my mobile device?

  • While there isn’t currently an app for the Sentinel for your mobile device, you can add the Sentinel digital website to the home screen of your smartphone to quickly and easily access the Sentinel homepage with just a tap. See below for step-by-step instructions.

How do I add the Sentinel digital page to the home screen of my smartphone?

  • Most mobile web browsers allow you to add “app-like” icons to your device’s home screen for quick and easy access to your favorite websites. The Christian Science Sentinel offers one of these unique mobile home screen icons.
  • The steps for adding a linked icon to your home screen depend on the device and the browser you are using.
  1. Open cssentinel.com in your browser.
  2. On Apple’s iPad/iPhone default Safari browser, tap the share icon  and then select the “Add to Home Screen” option.
  3. On Android devices, open the browser’s “Menu” options. Depending on the browser, you may have an option to “Add shortcut to home” directly from the menu or you may first need to bookmark the page.
  4. After bookmarking the page, navigate to your browser’s bookmarks via the “Menu” option, tap and hold the bookmark you would like to add to your home screen, and then select the add to home screen option.
  5. You can edit the name displayed below the icon when you save it to your device’s home screen.
  6. Go to your phone’s home screen to confirm your new icon.

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Additional resources

Looking for more information about Christian Science? 

  • Learn more about Christian Science and its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, church services and other events, publications, resources, and more at christianscience.com.

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Contact Us

How can I contact the Sentinel team?

  • Please use the Contact Us links at the bottom of each web page
  • Email Address: Sentinel@csps.com
  • Phone: 617-450-2880 (English)
  • Mailing address: 210 Massachusetts Avenue P03-20, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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