[The following expression of the spirit of true Christian brotherhood was read from the platform in First Church of Christ, Scientist, St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, May 20, 1906. Since that time Third Church of Christ, Scientist, has been formed and has commenced its work under most favorable auspices.—Editor.]

In the course of the natural growth and extension of the Christian Science movement it becomes necessary from time to time to form new churches. In the city of Chicago, where a few years ago there was but one church of our denomination, there are now six organizations, formed one after another from the membership of First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Chicago, for the purpose of establishing Christian Science churches in various parts of the city. All of these bodies of Christian Scientists, as they have gone out into their several localities, meeting at first in halls or in rented churches, have greatly prospered, and four of them, in order to meet the needs of their growing congregations, have erected commodious and beautiful edifices, so that there are now five Christian Science church buildings in Chicago, each of them seating about fifteen hundred persons.

The room in First Church made available by these departures has soon been filled by earnest inquirers, and it is rumored that a seventh church is soon to be formed. The stately progress of the movement in our sister city furnishes a most valuable object-lesson and illustration of church extension in Christian Science, which is brought about solely by the healing of the sick and the reformation of the sinner.

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September 1, 1906

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