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Church — A work in progress

From the October 2005 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The first thing Philip Wylie wants you to know is that the regeneration of his church, Second Church of Christ, Scientist, London, came about because of the love, prayers, and work of all the members, not just a few. "It was very much a team effort," he assured me when we spoke recently about the positive changes taking place at Second Church.

"We began in 1997, when The Mother Church was encouraging members and branches to get into their communities to make people more aware of the healing messages in Science and Health," Philip told me. At that time, Second Church's Reading Room was part of their very large church building. And although some people from the community did visit the Reading Room, the members decided, as Philip put it, "to get out into the big, wide world, as it were."

The church booked a stand to sell Science and Health and other Christian Science publications at a holistic health festival, and, as Philip said, they've never looked back. They have continued to book a booth two times a year when the festival is held. And since that first foray into festivals, they've begun to participate in five or six different types of fairs and festivals every year.

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