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2012 Membership Series

Membership in The Mother Church is an inspired and significant step for any student of Christian Science to take in the ongoing and ever-unfolding study and practice of Christian Science. In this series members from diverse backgrounds and experiences share what special meaning membership in The Mother Church has for them. — The Editors

'Mothered' by The Mother Church

From the November 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I grew up in Christian Science and joined The Mother Church when I was 12. A few years later, when I was a university student, I was backpacking in Greece and was in Athens on a Sunday. I’d been feeling quite sick for a few days, and though I’d been praying, I felt rather isolated in a foreign country, which felt very far from my home in England. I had my Christian Science Journal with me, and so I looked up the address of the Christian Science church in Athens. It was some distance from where I was staying, and as I was using the local buses, I got to the Sunday morning service very early. 

The Greek language service, which they held directly before the English one, was still going on when I arrived, but the members kindly invited me to join them. I sat down in my seat, very tired and weak, but just so grateful that this branch of The Mother Church existed, even though at that point I couldn’t understand anything of what was being said. But I did have a real sense of God’s presence, powerfully and lovingly communicating healthful, spiritual ideas to my thought.

During the time I sat there for both services, I was completely healed. I got up at the end feeling strong and well, and I enjoyed a further two weeks seeing more of that beautiful country. 

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