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From the December 1896 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Sunday (N. Y.) Herald

It is now generally known that the Christian Scientists have an organized church in Harlem. The Metropolitan Third Church of Christ, Scientist, is the outgrowth of the Metropolitan Christian Science Institute and the result of the labor of Mrs. Carrie Harvey Snider, one of the leading Scientists of the city. The church holds its services in the Ellerslie Rooms, No. 82 West 126th Street, near Lenox Avenue. The Sunday morning service consists of a Bible lesson sermon, with expository notes from the Bible and the Christian Science text-book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by the Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy, discoverer and founder of Christian Science.

The Bible and this text-book are the ordained pastor of all Christian Science Churches. The service is conducted by two readers, a man and a woman, styled first and second readers. The readers of this church are Mrs. Carrie Harvey Snider, first reader, and Mrs. Charles Parker Simmons, second reader. The Sunday evening service is unique and consists of testimonials from those who have been healed by Christian Science and affords strangers an opportunity to investigate the work.

The Scientists believe that Jesus meant what He said when He commanded His disciples to "heal the sick," and that this command is as imperative to-day as His other command to "preach the Gospel." They further claim that the teachings of the Bible, properly understood, are "the leaves of the tree for the healing of the nations," something for all mankind to discern and apply in daily life.—Sunday (N. Y.) Herald.

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