IT has been the practice in the churches of the older denominations to plan and provide special services or entertainments for different classes of the community, and in this way it has been supposed that the old people and the young, the men and the women, would be severally brought into the church; but we doubt whether in any instance more has been accomplished than would have had there been no division into classes. However it may be in other churches, we feel sure that these methods cannot be profitably used in the Church of Christ, Scientist, for we know that no person is truly converted to Christian Science otherwise than through intelligent study of its text-book, study that is confirmed by the healing works which stand as the demonstration of divine Principle reflected in man.

Through the regular Sunday services, the Wednesday evening meetings, the lectures, and the Reading Rooms, opportunity is freely afforded to those who wish to learn something of Christian Science, and these agencies place this healing gospel before all classes without offensive and unwarranted efforts at proselytism. It has been found that young and old, rich and poor, men and women, are all reached by these regularly constituted agencies, and that they are sufficient for the purposes for which they are intended; yet all these are merely supplementary to the healing works which were so distinctively characteristic of Jesus' ministry.

February 16, 1907

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