Church Building

THE growth of Christian Science in any community consists of a definite series of footsteps, rising to that grand culmination, the dedication of a church edifice. First, perhaps, two or three may gather together in one another's homes to read the Lesson-Sermon contained in the Christian Science Quarterly. Then, as friends and neighbors become interested as a result of healings that have been brought about through the truth which Christian Science reveals, the little band increases in size, until there is a sufficient number of loyal Christian Scientists to form a branch church, in accordance with the By-law on page 72 of the Manual of The Mother Church. The great desire of this ever increasing band of workers will then be to acquire land for their church building, and afterwards to build and to dedicate their church, if they do not otherwise secure a building suitable for their requirements.

When the problem of church building in a small community is being considered, a thought that must surely come to each of its members is one of gratitude for the great privilege of taking even the smallest part in this work. Those who assist in any way, even the humblest laborers, are doing a much greater work than merely helping to erect a beautiful edifice; they are building up, among the rocks and shoals of human ignorance and wrong thinking, a lighthouse which will illumine with the clear light of Truth the path for future generations. The church thus built typifies the true Church described by Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583) as "the structure of Truth and Love," which is indestructible and can never be harmed by evil.

Right Effort
June 12, 1926

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