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Trust Fund for "Busy Bees"
Slightly more than forty years ago a little band of the children of Christian Scientists was organized and named "Busy Bees." A faithful member of The Mother Church and friend of Mrs. Eddy effected their organization, and directed their efforts to furnish "Mother's Room," as it was then called, and prepare it for the occupancy of the Pastor Emeritus of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy, as she might find it convenient. They accomplished their purpose, and the word finally went out that no more contributions were needed; and the same surprising message went to the donors to the general building fund of the original Mother Church edifice of which Mrs. Eddy's Room was a part: Send no more funds.
In her dedicatory sermon Mrs. Eddy recalled the gifts of the children; she told (Pulpit and Press, p. 8) how "little hands, never before devoted to menial services, shoveled snow, and babes gave kisses to earn a few pence toward this consummation;" she called them "precious children," and spoke of the wonderful results in the future that they would witness. They had given into the building fund $4460. Their devotion called forth her statement, so prized by Christian Science Sunday Schools (ibid., p. 9), "Ah, children, you are the bulwarks of freedom, the cement of society, the hope of our race!"
Four services were held on the day when this first edifice of The Mother Church was dedicated, January 6, 1895, and at the second, at 10.30 a.m., the children contributors, several hundred of them, occupied the central pews. Each wore proudly a white satin badge on which were the words "Mother's Room," and a drawing in gold of a beehive as a symbol of their activity; and locked in an onyx beehive, which was placed in "Mother's Room," were all their names written in tiny characters on a slip of parchment. The children's donations, too, helped to decorate the platform on this auspicious occasion, for high above was a huge seven-pointed star of lilies with a center of white immortelles bearing the words, "Love-Children's Offering—1894."
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Cast Not Thyself Down
ETHEL M. MC CANDLESS
CHARLES V. WINN
"My brother's keeper"
RUTH J. SAUER
Supply and the Human Footsteps
Opportunity Is Ever Present
FRED B. KERRICK
A Sequence of Unfoldment
FLORENCE L. MAGERS
Pouring in the Truth
LILLA R. LYDER
MARION SUSAN CAMPBELL
May I have space in your paper to correct some statements...
Robson Storey, Committee on Publication for Arkansas,
It is good to read that people are beginning to realize...
Miss Alice E. Rose, Committee on Publication for Sussex, England,
The station announcer made the statement: Good afternoon,...
"Church of the Air" talk over Columbia Broadcasting System by Hugh Stuart Campbell,
"Keep thyself pure"
Violet Ker Seymer
Rejoicing and Healing
W. Stuart Booth
with contributions from John W. Doorly, Edith Marie Zander, Clara Emery French
I wish to express my gratitude for the great help and...
Many years ago as a little girl I was healed in Christian Science
Mabel S. Adenauer
I did not take up the study of Christian Science for...
Olive P. Dorman
Nearly twenty-one years ago my family took up the...
It is with a deep sense of gratitude and joy that I express...
Mayme C. Leitner
I wish to express deep gratitude for the wonderful healing...
W. May Schumacher
That the truth of Christian Science can be proved I have...
Herbert J. Hicks
I Walk with God
STELLA L. MYATT
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Philip Schaff, J. A. V. Pieters, E. N. Porter Goff, Robert Cummins, John Simon, B. J. Stecker