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Traveling' Reading Room opens new doors

Christian Science Society in Wynnum, Australia, looks for ways "to reach the public."

From the June 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"We thought, 'We've got to do something to reach the public.' Because it's no good to do things just for five members," says Pam Gasteen, librarian for the Reading Room in Wynnum, a suburb of Brisbane. "So we began to take Science and Health out to the public."

Three years ago Wynnum Society got permission from the local shopping center to have a "traveling" Reading Room. Monthly or quarterly on a Friday—at no charge—they set up a display of Science and Health in the middle of the indoor mall. (See photo above.)

Then: "Last June or July we decided that we weren't doing any good where we were in a little old church in the back blocks. And we wanted to be more obedient to Mrs. Eddy's call to us to be 'well located' with our nontraveling Reading Room. Well, we put our church on the market, and it earned enough for us that we could buy a building in the main Wynnum shopping precinct. It's a really good location. One floor. We're thrilled with it! The building is divided into two shops. We are in one shop, which is long enough to fit a decent-sized Reading Room and a church that can seat about 21, with room for a small Sunday School. And the other shop houses a tenant. The rent from the tenant enables us to afford lecture workshops.

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