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A question from the Field

Recently a friend of the BA asked when we would be able to reopen the Light Assistance program as part of our services. I welcome this question because it shows the continued need for the program as well as offering an opportunity to ask for the support needed to reinstate Light Assistance at the BA. 

Ministering to those in need of light assistance has always been a part of Christian Science nursing at the BA even at times when the BA was not able to have a wing or floor designated solely for this purpose. Reopening our Light Assistance wing remains an important goal for the BA. We do, however, need sufficient Christian Science nurses to staff this Christian Science nursing program. 

You may remember that in 2010 we reopened the second floor of the Christian Science Nursing Building for those requiring light assistance with Christian Science nursing. It was a wonderful support to healing and a loving response to the Field who had long requested this program. In 2017 we were faced with insufficient Christian Science nurses for staffing. We made the decision to pause on maintaining Light Assistance as a separate program so that we could more readily respond to the many calls on all of our Christian Science nursing services.  

Those of you familiar with the BA and its services know that a primary goal is to hire more Christian Science nurses including those entering our Christian Science Nursing Arts Training Program in order that we may serve all those requesting our services. 

We look forward to reopening the Light Assistance program as soon as we have sufficient Christian Science nurses. For members of The Mother Church interested in being a part of providing this program, please be in touch with us. We offer training in our Christian Science Nursing Arts Training Program as preparation for serving as a Christian Science nurse in our Light Assistance program. 

Please share this information with anyone you know that might be interested in supporting this holy work. We look forward to making this program available to the Field once again. 

“The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 518:15–19)


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    Shirley Jones  replied


    25.10.2023 00:00

    This is good to know. I was not aware that the BA had closed the light assistance program. Back around 2013-2015 I had a couple of patients in this program. It was a wonderful service! Not knowing it was closed, I’ve mentioned the service to other patients. Hope you’ll soon have sufficient nurses so this valuable program can reopen!

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