Christian Science in Alaska

Fairbanks (Alaska) News

The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, the church which was founded by Rev. Marry Baker G. Eddy. who made the discovery that religion is a fact rather than a theory, and who was for long pastor of the First Church congregation, is being added to. The new building is nearing completion now, and is one of the largest and most beautiful church buildings in the United States. The funds for the building are supplied by Christian Scientists throughout the world—all the churches contribute what they will—and the result has been one of the notable church edifices of the world, one in which all Christian Scientists feel a pride in having helped to build.

Last Sunday—Easter Sunday—the little congregation of the not yet organized church of this new religion in Fair banks directed that one hundred dollars of the funds in its treasury be sent to The Mother Church as its contribution to this fund. This little congregation holds its services every Sunday in an inconspicuous log cabin at the corner of Barnette Street and Seventh Avenue, somewhat off the most beaten paths.

The log house was built by Mr. Robert Thompkins for the purpose to which it has been since used, though at the time he built it Mr. Thompkins did not know that he would be able to secure here the First Reader that it is necessary, according to the simple ritual of the organization, to have, nor that there were any of the belief in this city who might attend if the Reader were here; however, he built the log house. That was last summer. This summer he will have to build an addition in order to accommodate those who wish to attend. The arrival of Mrs. Parsons, wife of W. H. Parsons, president of the Washington-Alaska who is a member of The Mother Church, removed the first difficulty. Mrs. Parsons has been an active worker in the ranks of Christian Scientists for years, having been in the work in Dawson before coming here. It was in Dawson that Mr. Thompkins became interested in this new religion. Since coming here he has given his whole time and attention to its study.

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