Christian Scientists will use Mechanics Hall

Christian Scientists have decided to make a change this year in the place in which to have their big annual meetings. They have had Tremont Temple each June for two or three years past for the Wednesday evening experience meeting of their Communion week, and it has been crowded from platform to roof, and on the Sunday of Communion week the number of services in the church at Falmouth and Norway Streets has been increased year by year from two to four or five, in order to accommodate the number of people who wished to attend, all Sunday services being exactly alike.

This year Mechanics Hall has been engaged, and the probability is that all meetings intended for the main body of the followers of this faith will take place there. This plan, if followed as outlined, will be a departure, for the Sunday services for the annual Communion until the present have have been held always in the Mother Church, which is the only Christian Science church edifice in the Boston district, and is the central church of the whole denomination. The use of Mechanics Hall would do away with the need of duplicating the Sunday service, and is held to be the natural outcome of the crowds of last year, for the reason that if the increase in attendance in the coming June should be proportional to that of the last few years, it would be impossible to give the service in the church times enough between nine o'clock in the morning and nine o'clock in the evening to accommodate all who would present themselves. The difficulty comes in allowing for the time required in getting people into and out of the church between services. Some little time is required to clear the auditorium when the twelve hundred people it accommodates are obliged to leave by the two side entrances in order not to become confused with another twelve hundred waiting to be admitted at the main entrances.

The Lectures
May 22, 1902

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