Our Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of The Mother Church, whether we attend it or not, present to every Christian Scientist an opportunity to revaluate his obligations as a member, and to gain a wider vision of the Christian Science movement and its redemptive mission. For those who live at a distance from Boston, it may not always be the part of wisdom to attend the Annual Meeting. But this is an occasion when every Christian Scientist may pledge himself to a more understanding loyalty to The Mother Church, and to a deeper appreciation of its significance in relation to our branch churches and our individual experience.

In her Message to The Mother Church for 1899, our beloved Leader wrote: "Brethren, our annual meeting is a grave guardian. It requires you to report progress, to refresh memory, to rejuvenate the branches and to vivify the buds, to bend upward the tendrils and to incline the vine towards the parent trunk" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 125). All may share in this spiritual activity, whether or not they attend the meeting in person. A careful study of Mrs. Eddy's messages to The Mother Church quickens our perception of the significance of The Mother Church and of the spiritual demands of church membership.

April 2, 1938

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