Heloisa Rivas and Ken Girard share community insights from their lecture and Committe on Publication work. (Boston summit)
Success stories from lecturers and lecture chairs (panelists at the Boston summit)
When a branch church wanted to have more lectures, longer Reading Room hours, and greater outreach to the community, the members found that their familiar church edifice no longer met their needs. One member shares how they prayerfully let go of their old building and found a new church home.
A compilation of fresh examples shared during each of the afternoon discussion groups. (Midwest summit)
Week 27: "Our church is reaching out to the community in many ways, but our Reading Room has moved back into the church, and the Reading Room hours are very limited. We spend mega bucks on a Christmas program for the community complete with choir and brass band, but I question if we’re truly sharing the "bread of life." We’re very generous financially with the community, but it seems we’re off course. My initial reaction is to wonder if all the work done on the Christmas program, etc., were given to lecture preparation, we would witness greater fruitage. My first reaction is to move my membership elsewhere, but I know that running from a problem is never the solution."
Responses by Eric Oyama and Jodi Crump Beatty. Great encouragement can to be found on page 1 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds” (p. 1). Your sincere desire to share the Comforter with your community is one that you can trust with God. We have centuries of examples throughout the Bible to show that God takes care of His children no matter what obstacles confront them.
One individual's desire to share Christian Science with the Spanish speaking community led to Longmont holding a lecture in Spanish. A mother and daughter who attended this lecture experienced an instantaneous healing. Watch as they share their gratitude for this healing, and how it has inspired their continuing study and practice of Christian Science.
A short format public lecture by Beth Packer sharing how an understanding of God as infinite Love is key to healing and supply. (Australasian summit)
(Fujiko Signs) A short format lecture about 'turning things into thoughts' and finding a universe of good ideas to meet our needs. (Australasian summit)
Two speakers share the "how, what, where, and why" of putting on successful lectures and the importance of this activity being backed by prayer. (Australasian summit, audio only)
Our branch church, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oakland, is located in the heart of downtown Oakland, California. Our members have embraced the community in many ways, including having noontime Wednesday Testimony meetings, as well as evening meetings each week. Our Reading Room is in the busy government and business center. One special way our church has been a healing force in our community through prayer occurred this past year.