Among the Churches

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Cambridge, England.—A copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" was presented to the University Library, in June, 1891, by one of Mrs. Eddy's earlier students; but so far as we know, Christian Science was not studied in Cambridge till the winter of 1895, when it was brought to the notice of a family in the University through the healing of a near relation in Scotland. In March, 1898, two students and their children met in a college lodge, Sunday by Sunday, to read the Lesson-Sermon; before long others joined. So began the little service which has grown slowly but steadily into the present church.

In the autumn of 1899, the weekly collections provided the means of hiring one of the Victoria assembly rooms, and the first public service was held on November 26. In 1901 uncertainty of tenure led to a move to a house on Emmanuel Street, where they continued to meet until 1911, when the house was pulled down to provide a site for the extension of Emmanuel College. Once more a forward move became necessary. The only home that could be found after diligent search and inquiry was the present church building, and here the first service was held in July, 1911.

Ever since 1911 a fund had been gradually accumulating, from offertories in church and other donations, and bit by bit the mortgage had been paid, until at length in December, 1918, the entire sum had been raised, and it was possible to dedicate the building free from debt to the service of Christian Science, October 19, 1919.

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The Lectures
April 24, 1920

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