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The Church Activities Department at The Mother Church is a resource for your branch church or society. Recently, Branch Church Activities, Reading Room Activities, and TMC Youth joined forces to create this integrated department. It is designed as a full spectrum of support for church and all of its activities—from services and testimony meetings to Sunday Schools and Reading Rooms,—and it reflects the unity of the whole church membership in carrying out these activities together.
We also support Christian Science Organizations on university and college campuses, organize youth-focused events called Summits, and manage a summer internship program in Boston for college students.
If you're looking to attend a Christian Science church service find a Branch Church near you.
This interactive discussion provides the members of a branch ways to explore how they can move forward together with a focus on their collective healing ministry. Some of the topics that we dive into are: What is your mission? How can you take the next steps forward in your mission? What would impede your branch’s healing ministry and how can you handle those impositions?
This workshop is designed specifically for youth. It provides the opportunity for young people to explore more what Christian Science means to them, the role of church in supporting them, and being part of a global movement of healers. We also discuss how church and all of its activities can be a more effective and relevant to the whole community. It’s an opportunity to see why a healing church needs young people as well as what that can look like in their experience.
We recommend offering this is in conjunction with the “Engaging Youth in Church” workshop.
The Engaging Youth in Church workshop focuses on three main areas: strengthening Sunday School, bridging the gap between Sunday School and church, and encouraging active participation in church. It is designed for the entire church community. We love having people of all ages attend!
Reading aloud workshops offer ideas especially helpful for Readers in churches. Topics include metaphysical approaches to reading, as well as the fundamentals of emphasis, phrasing, and more.
Informal groups are students of Christian Science—and anyone who loves the healing ideas in the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures—who get together to read the Christian Science Bible Lesson or hold informal services. Some groups meet in public places (e.g., a library or community center) to make the message of Christian Science more widely available. This also allows them to advertise their services in local newspapers or on community bulletin boards.
By making spiritual healing the core of their activity, and by using the ideas found in the Bible and Science and Health to meet their individual needs as well as to those of their friends and neighbors, groups often grow to become Christian Science societies or branch churches. Informal groups can’t sponsor lectures, but they can make Science and Health more accessible and available to the world by participating in local events such as book fairs and farmers’ markets.
The Mother Church provides informal groups with books and literature at a discount.
Any informal group that would like a Reading Room account number and/or to be added to the unpublished directory of informal groups can email email@example.com. Branch Activities maintains a database of informal groups around the world and provides contact information to those seeking an informal group in a particular area.
To advertise in The Christian Science Journal as a society, members need to meet the following requirements:
Societies are also welcome to include in their activities Wednesday testimony meetings, lectures, Sunday School activities, Reading Rooms, etc.
To request an application for advertising in the Journal as a society, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The requirements for organizing a branch church are set forth in the Church Manual, Article XXIII, Sections 6 and 7.
In order to begin advertising in The Christian Science Journal, a branch Church, of Christ, Scientist, needs to meet the following requirements:
To request an application for advertising in the Journal as a branch church, email email@example.com.
The Church Manual provides that “two small churches” may “consolidate under one church government” (Church Manual, Article XXIII, Sect. 6).
This process generally involves majority votes of both memberships and negotiations—often through meetings of the two church boards—to discuss and consider options resulting in resolutions that are then brought to the respective memberships.
A consolidation usually involves the following:
State laws sometimes require the dissolution of any existing religious corporate charters of the former churches and the obtaining of a new one for the new church. It is wise to work with a lawyer to assist with the details of this process, since dissolution/merger laws vary from state to state.
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The documents below may be useful in proving the tax-exempt status of your church or society in situations such as proving tax deductibility of charitable contributions to your church, and obtaining branch church exemption from sales tax in your state, where such exemption is available.
Providing copies of these letters (plus a photocopy of the page in The Christian Science Journal where your branch is advertised) to persons requiring proof of your tax-exempt status will satisfy inquiries in almost all cases.
A letter to The Mother Church from the Social Security Administration describes the tax status of Readers (see INFORMATION FOR READERS).
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