Extracts from Reports of Christian Science Committees on Publication for the Year Ended September 30, 1927

Regular scrutineers have been appointed for the forty newspapers published in Somersetshire, but any Christian Scientist may send to this committee clippings relative to Christian Science and Mrs. Eddy, and articles suitable for the "Signs of the Times" in the Sentinel. Four corrections written by the committee were printed in full, one long letter having an editorial note appended saying that all other letters were held because of shortage of space. One kindly reference was made to Christian Science in a newspaper in the county. An editor reprinted an extract from The Christian Science Monitor, giving due credit. The Sentinel has reprinted an article from a Bath paper under "Signs of the Times." This was sent to the editor.

Cordial relations have been established with the Wessex Press, which at one time was antagonistic to Christian Science, and which controls four newspapers published in the county. Appreciation was expressed of the growth and activity of the movement as evidenced by the attendance at Christian Science lectures. The lectures at Weston-super-Mare and Bath were attended to overflowing, the attendance at the last lecture at Bath having been estimated at fourteen hundred. The theater was lent free of charge for the second time in succession. The Press has printed good reports of the lectures at both Weston and Bath—about twelve hundred words in addition to the introductory remarks. Several newspapers, which had not previously reported our lectures, printed short reports under such a heading as "Christian Science—Half a Century's Phenomenal Progress." The local press gladly agreed to insert free of charge a preliminary notice drawing attention to a Christian Science lecture in the column "Local Intelligence." It is the first time this paper has done this.

The progress in the county has been steady. The church edifice recently purchased by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bath, is filling rapidly; and the Weston-super-Mare church has been obliged to hold two services on Sunday evenings during the summer months. This church has recently purchased an excellent site, and hopes to start building before long. A new Christian Science community has started services at Street, and is doing good work.

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