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CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick. – Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Prepared for new members?

From the October 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When someone wants to join a Christian Science branch church, he or she generally fills out an application form generated by that branch. Each branch church has a different procedure for new applicants based on its bylaws, but many churches have membership committees that then meet with the applicant to discuss his or her commitment to Church and to Christian Science. This meeting is also an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about the church and its relationship to the community it serves.  

After many years, I realized that while prospective members are asked questions about their readiness for membership, nothing is asked of the existing members about their readiness to welcome them. So I compiled a list of questions. It seems only fair!

Feel free to add to the list . . . 

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