More and More Branch Churches are Moving Their Reading Rooms to Ground-Floor Quarters

[Extracts from a report prepared for the Reading Room Division by the special committee of the Reading Room of a branch church]

Marlborough, Massachusetts

For many years our small church maintained its Reading Room in the church edifice. The time came when it was felt that we were hiding our light under a bushel. Although our having the Reading Room in the church was a convenience to members, its function was little more than that of a salesroom, and it was rarely used by the stranger. With the awakening thought of the membership, and after years of consecrated metaphysical work by Reading Room committees, the board appointed in the spring of 1955 another special committee to investigate the practicality of moving our Reading Room to a downtown, street-level location, where it would better fulfill the instructions of our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, that these rooms should be well located. (See Manual of The Mother Church, Art. XXI, Sect. 1.) The membership was apprised of the work of the committee, and their loving metaphysical support was requested.

The committee met regularly, and much prayerful study was done on the subject of progress, obedience, supply, and achievement; also a larger sense of Reading Room was gained when relating it to Mrs. Eddy's definition of Church, given in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583). Of particular also was an address entitled "Compassing the City," published in the Sentinel of July 22, 1950.

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