The steady and rapid growth of the Christian Science faith in Chicago is attested by the fact that another congregation will probably be added this week to the eight already established in various parts of the city. The new organization, which expects to erect a building of its own, will accommodate members of the church living adjacent to and south of the Midway Plaisance, and will relieve the congested pews of Fifth Church, at 4848 Madison Avenue. Owing to the rapid growth of the Madison Avenue church (organized only five years ago) it has become necessary to turn people away at the Sunday morning services for lack of room. A petition, therefore, has been signed by one hundred and twenty-five members of Fifth Church, living farther south, asking the privilege of withdrawing and establishing a separate congregation. This petition will be formally considered by the members of Fifth Church and authorization for the formation of the new church given. A new organization will then be formed, officers elected, and arrangements made to rent a temporary meeting-place until permanent arrangements can be completed. While the petition is signed by only one hundred and twenty-five members, the new congregation will begin services with a congregation of between two hundred and two hundred and fifty persons.

The eight churches now established in this city have a total membership of more than forty-two hundred, with a regular Sunday congregation averaging about eighty-five hundred persons. When it is remembered that First Church of Christ, Scientist, was organized in Chicago in 1886 with a membership of fifteen or twenty followers of Mrs. Eddy, and that its first permanent edifice was not erected until ten years later, the phenomenal strides of the faith become apparent.—Chicago Record-Herald.

The following interesting excerpt is from the report of the librarian of the Reading Rooms of First Church of Christ, Scientist:—

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