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The members of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Eugene shares how their membership decided to focus on supporting a healthy news media as part of their yearly lecture focus. A member shares how they reached out to the local academic community and offered to bring a speaker from the Chrisitan Science Monitor to speak at the school.

Prayer works

The lecture committee at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Eugene, OR wanted to sponsor a lecture that would really speak to the community's needs. But first, they invited individuals in the community to share insights on particular topics of relevance to the community and their lecture. A member reflects on how this "Prayer Works" lecture initiative came about, and its fruitage.

Classroom talks

A member of 1st Church of Christ, Scientist in Centerville, OH has been invited to speak or provide a speaker in a course at his alma mater. Over the course of the last ten years, these opportunities have been fruitful opportunities to share Christian Science and Science and Health with the students.

A lecture story

As soon as they had a date and lecturer for their Christian Science lecture, the members of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Barrington, IL began thinking about how they could more pro-actively support the lecture itself. Several members share fruitage from this event. 

Classroom talk

A visitor to the Reading Room requested a speaker to talk about Christian Science with a group of students. The members of 2nd Church of Christ, Scientist in Pretoria were eager to take this opportunity, and share their efforts to welcome the young people.

First Church of Christ, Scientist in Pensacola, FL is located within an hours drive of several other Christian Science branch churches. A member shares how this geographical proximity has led to opportunities to collaborate and coordinate when planning lecture events.

The members of 1st Church of Christ, Scientist in Covington see their lectures as an opportunity to embrace their community. A member shares how extending a lecture invitation to the leader of a government rehabilitation program resulted in a rewarding lecture experience for everyone involved.

Chet Manchester, CSB, discusses how a Christian Science lecture fits into the larger mission of Church, and offers inspiration on connecting with others in a Christly manner.

Shirley Paulson gives a workshop about ecumenical dialogue.

Thoughts about "responding," and several attendees share examples of responding with love and action to needs in their branch church and communities. 

A panel discussion about new formats for lectures, and using new technologies in presenting lecutres.  

Three panelists discuss how the Committee on Publication, Reading Rooms, and Lectures are avenues for loving our broader community.

A member from First Church of Christ, Scientist shares her hopes for future collaboration with other branch churches in the Philippines to sponsor lectures together.

Online lecture

When they began planning a Christian Science lecture, the members of First Church, Athens began exploring the idea of an online lecture, with an in-person component. 

Abundant ideas and a second lecture fund

A church is led to start a second Lecture Fund to host lectures outside of their local community, resulting in a lecture at a Boy Scout Jamboree.

.Summit opening with music, fellowship, and readings.

South Africa Church Alive Summit Key Note Address. Chet Manchester gives the opening remarks to the Summit.

For the Love of Church: Changes that Work. The inspiration and experiences of First Church, Mountain View, California.  

Chet Manchester, the President of The Mother Church, and Madelon Maupin, Bible scholar and lecturer, discuss the roots of the Christian Science church. This discussion is titled "The Soil of Church Growth: Movement of the Spirit." 

Jason Marsh looks at the Christian Science culture and the balance of Love and Principle in our church activities

The Beatitudes and a lecture blessing

A lecture results in increased Sunday School attendance.

Rock of ages

Short excerpts from performances by the youth attending the South Africa Church Alive Summit

Bill Warrick introduces the role of Church Alive Summits. 

A lecture "A Conversation with Mary Baker Eddy." by Chet Manchester and narrated by Chet Manchester and Anne Early

Building community through Bible study: Session II (Madelon Maupin at the NorCal Summit)

Building community through Bible study: Session I (Madelon Maupin at the NorCal Summit)

A lecture supporting God's government

A branch church located near the White House and Capitol Hill organized a lecture to support government and government employees.

Joint lecture

The two churches in Munich have teamed up to co-sponsor and organize lectures together. Watch and listen as members share how this collaboration has worked, and the fruitage they have witnessed.

Four Christian Science branch churches in Berlin have begun working together to coordinate and create a schedule of church events and activities that can be shared with the community. 

Coming together to live divine Love

Two churches collaborate to host a joint lecture.

A lecture is just the beginning

A lecture committee commits to holding three lectures in South Africa.

Responses by Frank Prinz-Wondollek and Dave Stevens. "What came immediately to me in response to this question is: What a wonderful opportunity to offer a lecture on progress and unfoldment! Inviting people to a lecture is about sharing our joy, our love, and our healings with a world yearning for solutions." 

Third Church,Grand Rapids is committed to holding lectures that reach out to their broader community.  

A blessing to all

A lecture is a church’s gift to the community of a fresh perspective of the Christ idea. 

Uniting the community through prayer

A church invites other congregations to a lecture block party to learn more about Christian Science. 

Welcoming our neighbors

A church reaches out to neighboring congregations with a lecture to create community and understanding. 

A block party lecture

A church invites other congregations in their neighborhood to a spiritual feast. 

Responses from Evan Mehlenbacher and Stephanie Johnson. When a branch church is faced with a declining membership and dwindling resources some deep soul-searching about what priorities are important to pursue, what unproductive activities should be stopped, and where attention should be focused to demonstrate growth can be very healthy. But above it all, it’s useful to remember that God provides freely and abundantly every resource needed for that branch to prosper. 

Expanding our views with an online lecture

A church broadcasts a lecture from a college campus online, reaching hundreds of viewers. 

Gathering—and praying—for a holy purpose

How one member prepared her thought before a lecture. 

Panelists draw from their experience and share useful ideas for successful lectures

A short-format lecture by Mary Alive Rose, CS (previous recording of the same talk given at the NYC Summit)

Lecturers and members share ideas on "lectures that connect" (Orlando summit)

Responses by Tim Myers and Michelle Nanouche. More than meeting a requirement, lectures bless those that plan, sponsor, and attend. Because of your expectation of good results, I have to assume your church is giving fresh eyes to the lecture work, and approaching it with prayer before, during, and after. So if, with all that, you aren’t finding even a trickle of interest in your church, is there something wrong? Not necessarily. 

A lecture with lasting impact

When a lack of funds tried to limit lectures, church members found abundant blessings. 

Preserving Church

Members pray to find solutions when retrofitting their church building. 

A lecture halfway around the world

How a church in New Jersey supported a lecture in Africa. 

Church members at 17th Church Chicago wanted to offer a healing response to the problem of violence in their community. Watch and listen as members of two churches share how they teamed up to host a lecture, and hear fruitage from the event. 

A healing testimony

A church member shares healing fruitage that came as a result of the joint lecture hosted by 2nd and 17th Church in Chicago. 

Hear how one Mother Church member in Ankara Turkey engages with church when the closest one is 950 miles away--in another country! 

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