our hearts opened

JUST OVER four years ago, my church, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Plymouth, Massachusetts, asked two other branch churches in the area to join us in support of our Reading Room, established in 1998 on Plymouth's Main Street. Funding had become difficult, and rather than give up the storefront space, already attracting visitors, members from all three churches agreed to share expenses and duties. The Reading Room has been jointly maintained ever since by branch churches in the towns of Plymouth, Duxbury, and Marshfield.

Then last year, Plymouth members sold their church building, also on Main Street, to the owner of the motel next door, which had always been an exceptional neighbor. And for those members sad at leaving the New England style church, built in 1895, it was a bonus that the new owner opened it as a nondenominational chapel for weddings and other events.

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