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CHURCH AND SCHOOL

From the April 1895 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This article was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896: Mis. 313:24-316:4


Humbly, and as I believe, Divinely directed—I hereby ordain, that the Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, shall hereafter be the only pastor of the Church of Christ, Scientist, throughout our land, and in other lands.

From this date the Sunday services of our denomination should be conducted by Readers, in lieu of pastors. Each church or society, formed for Sunday worship, shall elect two Readers, a male, and a female. One of these individuals shall open the meeting by reading the hymns, and chapter, (or a portion of the chapter) in the Bible, leading in silent prayer, and repeating in concert with the church, the Lord's Prayer. Also, shall give out any notices from the pulpit; shall read the scriptures indicated in the Sunday-school lesson, of the Christian Science Quarterly, and shall pronounce the benediction.

The second Reader shall read alternately from my book, Science and Health, in response to the church,— the Spiritual Interpretation of the Lord's Prayer. Also the second Reader, shall read all the selections from Science and Health, referred to in the Sunday-school lessons.

The Reader of the Scriptures, shall name at each reading, the book, chapter, and verses. The Reader of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, shall commence by announcing the full title of this book, with the name of its author, and afterwards, repeat at each reading, its abbreviated title, viz., Science and Health, and the number of the page. This form shall also be observed at the Communion service, only the selections from both the Bible, and the Christian Science Textbook, shall not be taken from the Quarterly, but from the Bible, and Science and Health, and shall be such as are adapted to that service. On the first Sunday of each month a sermon shall be preached to the children, from selections taken from the Scriptures and Science and Health, specially adapted to the occasion, and read after the manner of the Sunday service. The children's service shall be held on the Sunday following Communion Day.

No copies from my books are allowed to be written, and read from manuscripts, either in private, or in public assemblies, except by their author.

Those Christian Scientists who are letterly fit, and specially spiritually fitted for teachers, can teach annually three classes only. They shall teach from the Christian Science text-book. Each class shall consist of not over thirty-three students, carefully selected, and only such as have promising proclivities toward Christian Science. The teacher shall hold himself morally obligated to look after the welfare of his students, not only through class term, but after it, and watch well that they prove sound in sentiment, health, and practical Christianity.

Teaching Christian Science shall be no question of money, but of morals, and uplifting the race. Teachers shall form Associations for this purpose; and for the first few years convene as often as once in three months. Teachers shall not silently mentally address the thought, to handle it, nor allow their students to do thus, except the individual needing it asks for mental treatment. They shall steadily and patiently strive to educate their students in conformity to the unerring wisdom, and law of God, and shall enjoin them to habitually study His revealed Word, the Scriptures, and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

They shall teach their students how to defend themselves against mental malpractice, but never to return evil for evil, never attack the malpractitioner, but to know the Truth that makes free and so to be a law, not unto others, but to themselves.

Copyrighted, 1895, by National Christian Scientists Association.

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