Friends Church History
Friends Church was founded in October 1977 by a group of faithful people with a God given vision to start a church that would share the hopeful message of the gospel. Friends Church first met in the South Knoll Elementary cafeteria.
On November 13, 1983 we moved to our current location at the corner of Harvey Mitchell Parkway (FM 2818) and Southwood Drive. Over the years Friends has been involved in numerous outreach programs and activities sharing God's love to the Bryan/College Station community. It is our hope and prayer that through Seeking God, Sharing Journeys and Serving Others you will find God's vision through one of the many opportunities available at Friends Congregational Church.
Friends Church has many ministries, programs and committees in which to be involved. God calls us to reach out and share our gifts and demonstrate God's love to those in need and those who are hurting. It is the commitment of Friends Church not only to speak our faith, but to live it out in acts and deeds.
We are an "Open and Affirming" (ONA) church. This means that we welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people into the full life and ministry of our church, just as we welcome heterosexual people into that life and ministry.
We are a "Just Peace" church, committed to working for global peace and justice for all people and all of creation. Our denomination is made up of Samoan, Filipino, Hispanic, Korean, traditionally African-American, Native American and Anglo-American churches and more, and most of our churches are made up of people from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
We seek to be a church that welcomes people regardless of their disabilities, abilities and ages.
We also seek to be open to dialogues with people of other faith traditions, other denominational backgrounds and those with no faith tradition at all.
In recent years our denomination has proclaimed that, God is still speaking, which means that we believe that God is in our midst and transforming our lives, even now, that the Bible is open to continued interpretation by faithful people, and that the questions we ask are as important as the answers we discern. We, as people of God, called The United Church of Christ, are seeking to be an Open and Affirming, Just Peace, Multi-racial, Multi-cultural, Accessible to All Christian denomination.
In 2003, Friends Church celebrated 25 years of ministry in the Brazos Valley.
UCC Church History
We are part of the United Church of Christ (UCC) a denomination that was formed in 1957 by the union of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical & Reformed Church. However, our roots go back much farther.
We were the Pilgrims. We came over on the Mayflower and founded Plymouth Plantation.
We founded college after college, including Harvard, Dartmouth, Oberlin, Yale and Dillard. In Texas, we founded Huston-Tillotson College. More colleges, seminaries and other educational institutions were founded by the UCC than by any other denomination. We hold that spiritual growth needs intelligent and creative thought and ongoing learning.
Our commitment to social justice runs deep. We were the first denomination to ordain women; we have worked for racial justice and economic justice. We believe that God calls us to live justly together as stewards of this creation.
We look to the bible as a guide, but each of us interprets it after our own conscience and insight. We believe that God calls us to dialogue together so that truth might emerge from the wisdom that the Holy Spirit speaks to each individual heart and soul.
Perhaps because we were once persecuted, Congregationalists are concerned with the disenfranchised of our society. We were abolitionist 150 years before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. We helped run the underground railroad, and one of our number, Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, all of which once slowed our growth as a denomination throughout the South.
Women and men serve equally in leadership positions within our church and throughout the UCC.
We are an "Open and Affirming" (ONA) church. This means that we welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people into the full life and ministry of our church, just as we welcome heterosexual people into that life and ministry.
We are also a "Just Peace" church, committed to working for global peace and justice.