I haven’t been greeted in a long time by so much enthusiasm to spread news about Christian Science as I did last week at my first two lectures given for the Wynnum Christian Science Society, on the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia.
|Wynnum Reading Room|
Run by a handful of dedicated workers, the society sold their church building seven or eight years ago, and moved church activity into a downtown storefront. They wanted their church to be exposed more to the public, and figured having their Reading Room in a busy location was a prime way to do it. They hold services in the Reading Room space. It’s where I gave my lectures, too.
What a fun time these lectures were to give.
When I first walked in the door and saw dozens of copies of Science and Health neatly stacked for sale, with more boxes to unpack, I said to the librarian, “You have high expectations!” “We sure do,” she resounded.
|Stacks of Science and Health|
By the time we finished our work together the next day, I didn’t ask how many, but it looked like half of the pile or so had been sold or given away, a very sizable number.
They charged a $10 concession fee to the lectures, and people happily paid it, receiving a new copy of Science and Health as part of the fee if they wanted it. Some accepted and some didn’t.
The more I learned about this group, the more I was impressed.
I soon discovered that they produced their own two-hour radio program, every Sunday morning, from 7 to 9 a.m. No kidding! A local radio station gave them a two hour slot, no charge, to produce and air their own programming. So each week, one of a committee of four goes to the radio station, sits in a DJ’s chair, and fills in two hours with Christian Science programming. You can hear it for yourself, streamed on the web, at www.bayfm.org.au. (You’ll have to figure out the time difference!)
The lectures were a grand success. I spent over an hour after the first lecture speaking to individuals new to Christian Science and answering their multitude of questions. One man with hearing problems said he couldn’t hear me at first, but in a few minutes, his hearing started to work. He was quite delighted, grinning from ear to ear afterward.
|Inside the Reading Room|
I spoke to a Reading Room full of people both days and made many new friends.
I also like what audiences do here when a lecture is finished. They sit and think about what they heard. It reminded me of audiences in the UK. When the speaker finishes talking, people don’t immediately bolt for the door, like they do in the US. They sit and think about the message they took in. Now isn’t that a novel concept?! It certainly makes a speaker feel more appreciated.
On to the next city…