Church Membership—What It Means

Church membership is not so much an end as it is a means of greater spiritual accomplishments. The mere formal act of uniting with The Mother Church is not the whole obligation of membership. But the deeply felt acceptance of membership brings bountiful blessings.

In the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes (p. 35), "We can unite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love,—casting out error and healing the sick." And on page 15 of her work "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy encouragingly writes: "The new birth is not the work of a moment. It begins with moments and goes on with years." It is the purpose of The Mother Church to further the "new birth" in individual human experience.

Church Dedications
January 28, 1950

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