JP Church (AKA the CS Society of JP) has some exciting news. As many of you know, we started about eight years ago with a handful of people who loved their community and Christian Science. In 2011, we became a Society with a strong, growing membership.
About this time, 3rd Church of Christ Scientist sold their building and began holding services in different community spaces in JP as well. Both branches were happy doing our own thing. But then we started exploring the idea of opening a Reading Room together.
As we embarked on this journey, we got to know each other and began enjoying the collaboration. This led to holding joint services temporarily. But that soon became permanent, as we began to feel like family and truly value the oneness we share in the body of Christ. We realized we had a lot in common, loved each other and didn’t want to be separate anymore. We had no idea what coming together would look like. But we were starting to feel like a family!
We knew Love was leading the way. The two memberships started coming up with a new structure and by-laws. Stronger together, we knew our church would become something beautiful and new.
And it did.
We have officially joined forces, keeping the name 3rd Church of Christ, Scientist Boston. It was much easier legally and logistically than using JP Church or adopting a new name. And who wants to spend a lot of time with lawyers and logistics when it’s so much more exciting to focus instead on all the opportunities to be a light for our community?!
So even though the name CS Society of Jamaica Plain is going away, you still have the same crew of people (plus all our dear new friends from 3rd Church) at work in JP. There have been plenty of bumps and unknowns to work out along the way, but we are learning and growing, and isn’t that what church is all about?
If you’re in Boston, we welcome you at any of our services (which are held in our Reading Room) – 351 Centre St. We look forward to having you join us! We’re blessed with a pretty amazing space. There is even a bean bag chair and huge windows and a vibrant Sunday School. And you can still call into our services (10am on Sundays and 7:35pm on Wednesdays) by dialing (605) 475-4000. Conference code is 636128#.
And in true JP Church style, we invite you to join us in prayer and song, for our worldwide church family (from hymn 601):
“Of one accord, of one Mind, our healing mission we find.
We pray together, our lives in worship bind.
The Comforter is with us; its presence here assures us:
“I am guiding you and uniting you through the love of God’s Son.
I am blessing you; I am healing you; I am making you one.”