Perhaps you will allow one who is not a member of the...

Blackburn (England) Times

Perhaps you will allow one who is not a member of the Christian Science body, but who has occasionally attended their services in Blackburn, to give a brief account of his impressions and experiences. I had never met a Christian Scientist until the first evening I walked into their hall, which was formerly Blacklock's gymnasium, on the Preston New-road.

The air of restfulness and quietude which pervaded the room I found, I must say, very gratifying, and I was favorably impressed with the decorum of the service, as well as with the devout and reverent demeanor of the worshipers. But I believe what struck me most of all was the terms of friendship on which the members of the congregation seemed to be with one another. After the service was over they did not immediately rise en masse and rush out of the building, as I have seen done elsewhere, No; they exchanged greetings, and chatted together for quite a long time. I am aware, of course, that "all is not gold that glitters," and that professions of friendship cannot always be taken at their face value; but, however that may be, the members of the congregation seemed to be really on terms of cordial friendship with one another.

December 28, 1912
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