Among the Churches

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Cleveland, Ohio.—Christian Science was introduced into Cleveland in the year 1887. A number of students of Mary Baker Eddy, residing in Cleveland, formed a church which they named First Church of Christ, Scientist, Cleveland. The first services were held in the fall of 1888 in the old Nottingham building, now occupied by Browning, King & Co. In 1900 steps were taken toward the building of a new church edifice on the corner of Kennard Street (now East Forty-sixth Street) and Cedar Avenue, the land being a gift to the church from two of its members. The corner stone was laid in the early part of May, 1900, and the first services were held in the new building in December of the following year. Two years after the laying of the corner stone, the new church edifice was dedicated, free from indebtedness.

On account of the rapid growth of the city and the pronounced movement of the population toward the suburbs during the next fifteen years, it was found that a very large portion of the church's membership and attendance had moved many miles east of the First Church building, and it was decided to purchase the Euclid Avenue Methodist Episcopal church property on the southeast corner of Euclid Avenue and East Ninety-third Street. Accordingly, the church was purchased and altered so as to increase the seating capacity and provide suitable facilities for the Sunday school and other church activities. The first service in the present quarters was held on Easter morning of the year 1921.

During the earliest years of the Christian Science movement in Cleveland the church had no public reading room. The Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, was placed in the hands of several of her students here, for sale. Soon after the publication of "Miscellaneous Writings" by Mrs. Eddy, the interest in her writings had increased to such an extent that it was found necessary to establish a center where the public would be given the opportunity to read and buy her writings, also the Bible. There are now five Christian Science churches in Cleveland and one in Lakewood, all branches of The Mother Church, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass.

February 25, 1922

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