Church Dedications

Note: Christian Science churches are dedicated only when free from debt.

Torquay Herald and Express

Torquay, Devonshire, England (First Church).

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Torquay, will hold its dedication services on Sunday, September 13.

In 1901 a little group of earnest Christian Scientists met at Dittisham and held services each Sunday. Later these services were conducted at a house at Torquay.

As the years went by, moves were made as necessity arose for larger premises until, in 1928, the racquet court with adjacent buildings at 21/23 Victoria-parade was purchased, and upon this site First Church of Christ, Scientist, Torquay, was built.

Here from 1930 to 1952 (with the exception of the war years, when other arrangements were made) services were regularly held and Sunday School children taught; also a spacious Christian Science Reading Room was maintained.

Again, however, it became evident that more accommodation must be acquired, and in 1951 St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Torwood-gardens, Torquay, was purchased, and services commenced there on March 23, 1952.

The fact that a Christian Science church may not be dedicated until it is free from debt gives the dedicatory services special significance.

Torquay Herald and Express September 2, 1953

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