Accession: A10636D
Editorial Title: Historical Sketch and Tenets of the Church of Christ, Scientist
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Annotator: Mary Baker Eddy  Calvin A. Frye 
Date: February 8, 1885
Manuscript Description: Printed copy of the Historical Sketch and Tenets of the Church of Christ (Scientist) with handwritten edits by Mary Baker Eddy. The notation identifying this document as part of the Communion service was written by Calvin Frye.
Editorial Note: The Communion service which Mary Baker Eddy conducted at Odd Fellows Hall on February 8, 1885, included the admission of new members. This document shows Eddy's edits to the Tenets of her church that each of these new members had to sign. Approximately 800 people attended this Communion service.
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Historical Sketch of the Church if Christ, Scientist.

In the Spring of 1879, a little band of earnest seekers after truth, went into deliberations over forming a church without creeds, called "Church of Christ, Scientist". Being members of Evangelical Churches, and students of MARY B. G. EDDY’S in metaphysics, or Christian Science, and its application to the treatment of disease, they were known as "Christian Scientists." In the Winter of 1878, they re-organized the "Christian Scientists' Association" of 1875, and, while walking through deep waters of affliction, went steadily on, increasing in numbers, and finding at every new experience that hitherto the Lord hath helped us.

At a meeting of the "Christian Scientists' Association," April 19th, 1879, on motion of Mrs. EDDY, it was unanimously voted, — To organize a Church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing. She was appointed on the committee, to draft the Tenets of the Church — the chief corner-stone whereof is, that Divine Science as taught and demonstrated by our Master, casts out error, heals the sick, and will restore the lost Israel: "The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner".

The charter for the Church was obtained June 1879, and the same month the members, twenty-six in number, extended a call to MARY B. G. EDDY to become their Pastor. She accepted the call, and was ordained A. D. 1881.

TENETS.

To be signed by those uniting with this Church.

First. — As adherents to Truth, we take the Scriptures for our guide to Life eternal.

Second. — We rest our hope and faith on God, as the only Life, Truth and Love, depending for salvation on the spiritual understanding of and acceptance of Christ the divine Principle, and the demonstration thereof, according to the example and teachings of our Master.

Third. — We will obey the ten commandments: deal justly, love mercy and walk humbly; will hold no fellowship with error but seek earnestly divine truth, light and love .

Handshift:Calvin A. FryeCommunion Service.

A10636D
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Historical Sketch of the Church if Christ, Scientist.

In the Spring of 1879, a little band of earnest seekers after truth, went into deliberations over forming a church without creeds, called "Church of Christ, Scientist". Being members of Evangelical Churches, and students of MARY B. G. EDDY’S in metaphysics, or Christian Science, and its application to the treatment of disease, they were known as "Christian Scientists." In the Winter of 1878, they re-organized the "Christian Scientists' Association" of 1875, and, while walking through deep waters of affliction, went steadily on, increasing in numbers, and finding at every new experience that hitherto the Lord hath helped us.

At a meeting of the "Christian Scientists' Association," April 19th, 1879, on motion of Mrs. EDDY, it was unanimously voted, — To organize a Church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing. She was appointed on the committee, to draft the Tenets of the Church — the chief corner-stone whereof is, that Divine Science as taught and demonstrated by our Master, casts out error, heals the sick, and will restore the lost Israel: "The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner".

The charter for the Church was obtained June 1879, and the same month the members, twenty-six in number, extended a call to MARY B. G. EDDY to become their Pastor. She accepted the call, and was ordained A. D. 1881.

TENETS.

To be signed by those uniting with this Church.

First. — As adherents to Truth, we take the Scriptures for our guide to Life eternal.

Second. — We rest our hope and faith on God, as the only Life, Truth and Love, depending for salvation on the spiritual understanding of and acceptance of Christ the divine Principle, or Spirit that is God, and the demonstration thereof, according to the example and teachings of our Master.

Third. — We will shall strive to love and obey the ten commandments: to deal justly, love mercy and walk humbly; yea, to reach that higher understanding of the Sermon on the Mount whereby Jesus and His true followers cast out error and healed the sick. We will hold no fellowship with error so-called spiritual mediumship, animal magnetism, drugs, or error of any sort; but but seek earnestly divine truth, light and love for healing and salvation.

Handshift:Calvin A. FryeCommunion Service.