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Poole and Best Dorset Herald

Poole, Dorset, England (First Church).—Evidence of the growth of Christian Science in Parkstone was afforded on Sunday, January 8, 1939, when First Church of Christ, Scientist, Poole, dedicated its permanent building.

It is a rule that a Christian Science church shall be formally dedicated only when it is entirely free from debt. This debt having been fully cleared, the occasion was a day of great rejoicing and gratitude on the part of the members for blessings received through Christian Science. The rejoicing was shared by the many friends attending the services, some of whom came from long distances. In order to accommodate all who wished to attend the dedication, three services were held. The services followed the form used every Sunday, with the addition of a brief history of the growth of the church in the district. This also served as a dedicatory address, which was read by the First Reader. The subject of the Lesson-Sermon from the Christian Science Quarterly was "Sacrament."

In March, 1930, Christian Science Society, Poole, was formally recognized as a branch of The Mother Church. Membership grew steadily, and in 1933 the society was accorded official recognition as First Church of Christ, Scientist, Poole. Parkstone Hall was purchased in August, 1934, and remodeled for the permanent church. The Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker Eddy kindly provided a grant toward the cost of this. There was never any lessening in the flow of funds, which came in through the church and Sunday school collections, also in contributions.

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The Lectures
August 19, 1939

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