Special Instructions Regarding Applications for Church Membership


Appendix

109Special Instructions
Regarding Applications for Church Membership

    1. Loyal members of The Mother Church are eligible to approve candidates to unite with this Church.

    2. No persons are eligible to countersign applications except loyal students of Mrs. Eddy, Directors, and students of the Board of Education who have been given a degree, and are members of The Mother Church.

    3. Those who approve applicants should have applications returned to them after being filled out by the applicants, as required by Article V, Sect. 6, and should compare them with the forms here given, and see that names are legibly written, before sending them to the Clerk of the Church. If not correct, the applicant will be notified, and new applications will 110be required, as none will be returned that are not correctly made out. This requirement is to prevent applications being duplicated and the confusion that might result therefrom. It is important that these seemingly strict conditions be exactly complied with, as the names of the members of The Mother Church will be recorded in the history of the Church and become a part thereof.

    4. All names, whether of applicants, approvers, or countersigners, must be plainly written, and one, at least, of the given names of each, written in full. Initials only of first names will not be received. Women must sign “Miss” or “Mrs.” before their names as the case may be.

    All names must be written the same in all places where they are required.

111To Applicants

    1. In filling out the application blank, one of the Christian names must be written in full. Initials alone will not be received.

    2. If the applicant is a married woman she must sign her own Christian name, not her husband’s, and prefix her signature with “Mrs;” unmarried women must sign “Miss.”

    3. There are two regular forms of application. 1. For those who have studied Christian Science with an authorized teacher; 2. For those who have not studied Christian Science with a teacher.

    Applicants will find the chief points of these instructions illustrated in Form 1 and Form 2, on pages 114 and 118.

    4. Those whose teachers are deceased, absent, or disloyal, or those whose teachers refuse, without sufficient cause, to sign applications (see Art. V, Sect. 4), will be furnished special forms on application to the Clerk.

112    5. When branch churches are designated by number, as First Church, Second Church, etc., the number must be written First, Second, as shown on page 118. The article “the” either capitalized (The), or small (the), must not be used before titles of branch churches. See Article XXIII, Sect. 2.

    6. If the applicant is not a member of a branch church, he should fill out his application in this respect according to the form on page 114.

Application Forms

114Application I

Properly signed and endorsed, according to Article V, Sect. 2

If you have been taught by a loyal student who has taken a degree at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, or by one who has passed an examination by the Board of Education, fill this blank.
from page 114 of the Manual

115Application I — (Continued )

Properly signed and endorsed, according to Article V, Section 2

from page 115 of the Manual

116Application I

Properly signed and endorsed, according to Article V, Section 2

If you have been taught by a loyal student who has taken a degree at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, or by one who has passed an examination by the Board of Education, fill this blank.
from page 116 of the Manual

117Application I — (Continued )

Properly signed and endorsed, according to Article V, Section 2

from page 117 of the Manual

118Application II

Signed, endorsed, and countersigned, according to Article VI, Section 2

If you have been taught by a loyal student who has taken a degree at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, or by one who has passed an examination by the Board of Education, fill this blank.
from page 118 of the Manual

119Application II — (Continued )

Signed, endorsed, and countersigned, according to Article VI, Section 2

from page 119 of the Manual