A Brief History of the Edmonton Church

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Alma M. Daniel relocates to Fort Saskatchewan from Woodstock, Ontario. She begins to hold informal Christian Science services in her home.
Christian Science services were sometimes held in the Edmonton home of James and Elizabeth McIntyre.
At a meeting on 10.October it was resolved to form a church organisation.
From June onwards services were held every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening in the Bijou Theatre (630 First Street.) A Reading Room was open every afternoon at the same address.
  Exterior view of the Bijou Theatre where
services were held for many years
The first Christian Science lecture in Edmonton was held in the Dominion Theatre on 28.May. The lecturer was Frank H. Leonard CSB, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science from Chicago, Illinois.
A site for a new church building was purchased on 118 Street and 102 Avenue, just north of Jasper Avenue and a street car line.
The church building was completed and ready for occupancy 2.May.
  Exterior of the first church building
on 118 Street and 102 Avenue in 1919
  Interior of 118 Street church in 1919
On 6.April the church was dedicated free of debt.
The site of the present church was purchased at 100 Avenue and 108 Street.
At a meeting on 16.March it was resolved to begin construction on a new church building. The building on 118 Street was quickly sold and services were held at the Macdonald Hotel until the new church was ready.
  A 1921 view of the Macdonald Hotel which served as
a temporary home for the church in 1928
On 28.October the first service was held in the completed Sunday school section of the new building.
  1928 Sunday school section of the church where both
services and Sunday school were held until 1952
  A 1932 window display featuring The Christian Science Monitor
Members resolved to complete the church building.
Neighbouring property was purchased for eventual use as a parking lot.
Ground broken and construction began on the auditorium section of the building.
On Sunday 29.March the first service was held in the completed auditorium.
  Church façade with main entrance on 108 Street ca. 1950
The church was dedicated free of debt.
Extensive renovations done to the church auditorium and relocating the main entrance from 108 Street to 100 Avenue. These changes were made possible by a bequest from a member.
  Post 1967 renovation with the new
entrance on 100 Avenue
  100 Avenue view pre 1981 relocation of the Reading Room
  108 Street façade post renovation
The children's room and board room in the basement of the building were renovated.
  The church's Reading Room when it was located on
103 Street just north of Jasper Avenue
ca. 1975
The Reading Room was relocated to a renovated portion of the Sunday school.
  1928 Sunday school section of the church showing
the Reading Room on 100 Avenue
Purchase and installation of an Ahlborn-Galanti Praeludium III digital organ.
  Old church organ, a Hammond model C3
  Old church organ relocated to the back of the auditorium while preparations were made for the new organ.
  Enlarging the organ pit to accomodate the new organ console.
  The new organ console in place.
A Yamaha 5' 3" grand piano was donated to the church by a member of the congregation.
  New piano
Relocation of children's room from the church basement to a renovated portion of the Sunday school room.
Updating exterior with new colour scheme for the windows.
  New colour scheme for window trim and Reader's door.
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"CHURCH: The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.

The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick."

Mary Baker Eddy
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 583:12-19)

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