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Oldham Chronicle

Oldham, Lancashire, England (First Church).—At the annual Thanksgiving service held in the church building at Crossband Street, on Thursday, November 24, 1938, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oldham, was dedicated to the glory of God. The church was crowded.

A Christian Science church cannot be dedicated until it is free from debt. The first stones of the Christian Science church in Oldham may be said to have been laid when, in 1905, a group of seven people met in a house in Middleton Road to read the Lesson-Sermons from the Christian Science Quarterly. In 1907 a room in Manchester Street was rented for public worship on Sunday evenings.

In 1911 a Christian Science Society was organized, and a larger room in Trust Buildings, Manchester Street, was rented. Here a Sunday school and a public Reading Room were opened, and the first Thanksgiving service was held. The work continued to go steadily on until, in 1914, weekly testimony meetings were instituted and Sunday morning services were begun. In 1915 the first Christian Science lecture was given in the Lecture Hall of the Central Library.

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The Lectures
May 27, 1939

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