Church Work

In the "Historical Sketch," which appears on page 17 of the Church Manual, the following occurs: "At a meeting of the Christian Scientist Association, April 12, 1879, on motion of Mrs. Eddy, it was voted,—To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." No plainer statement than that could be made as to the raison d'etre of the Church of Christ, Scientist. And the members of this church may always test their work by the extent to which it approximates the standard set by Christ Jesus.

The aim of the Church of Christ, Scientist, as stated above, should ever be before the Christian Scientist. To carry it out organization is necessary; hence, The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, and its branch churches and societies throughout the world. The Mother Church has its Manual for direction and guidance; the branches also have the Manual as well as their own by-laws, setting forth, among other things, the manner of election of each church's board of directors or trustees, its Readers, clerk, and treasurer; its committees. To ensure successful work, the membership should strive loyally to abide by the Manual and the by-laws of their branch church.

December 7, 1935

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