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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

An ark of safety

From the September 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I became a member of The Mother Church when I was 16 years old. My membership kept me safe through my rebellious teenage years. Although I chose to surround myself with other teens who drank alcohol, smoked, stole, and used drugs, I still felt separate from those activities.
I may have engaged in them every now and again, but whenever I did, and throughout all those years, I always felt that “Mother” (which for me meant The Mother Church) was gently looking over my shoulder.  

My membership in The Mother Church kept me safe and protected me.

This was not a condemning look, but more of a gentle persuasion. I could sense that these activities were not really a part of me nor of my friends. And I felt that “Mother” was encouraging me to uphold the standard of conduct I made a commitment to as a Christian Scientist, and when I joined The Mother Church. 

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