Photo Gallery

Friends since 1979

The Friends Congregational softball team gears up for a game.
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A rough-hewn wooden cross overlooks the hills of Slumber Falls at the yearly church retreat.
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Youth of the congregation place items in a box for a Syrian Refugee Clothing and Toy Drive.
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Two youth, dressed as Mary and Joseph, watch over the manger in a Christmas pageant of the 1980s.
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The senior pastor and a group of congregational musicians perform at the groundbreaking of the churc
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A visiting pastor breaks the communion bread at the altar of Friends Congregational.
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The choir sings during the Christmas season.
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Three high school seniors are honored for their upcoming graduation in front of the congregation in
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Visitors are served brisket at the annual congregational benefit barbecue.
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The pastors address the congregational from step ladders as they christen the new solar panels insta
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The senior pastor beams as the children of Friends wave palms on Palm Sunday.
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Two children raise their hands high to answer a question during the Children’s Message.
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The senior pastor and his family enjoy a meal at a congregation cookout.
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A trio of trombones are played by church youth on Pentecost Sunday.
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71The pastor rolls up his sleeves, preparing to baptise an infant held by two smiling parents.
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The handbell choir prepares to play.
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66A former Friends Church pastor visits her old congregation as a guest preacher.
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The pastors kneel besides a large tub at the front of the sanctuary as a young person emerges from t
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The sanctuary of years past, sparse and clean with plastic chairs empty and ready. Date unknown.
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65A close-up shot of the Friends Church membership book, signed by every member since 1979.
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Loved ones and fellow pastors lay hands on a member of the congregation during his own ordination in
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64A former pastor gestures proudly to a garden cultivated on the grounds of the church.
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62The associate pastor and his husband pose, smiling, on a sunny Easter morning outside of the sanct
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A mother beams at her young son in her arms as he looks to the camera, smiling himself.
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The director of music ministry plays piano as his husband sings a solo for the congregation.
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The children of the church gather around the font to watch a baptism.
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59After an art project, the Friends youth gather their paint-covered hands for a photo.
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Mothers hold their young son close on Easter Sunday.
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Two pastors embrace for a hug in the sanctuary.
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In a black-and-white photo, a man prepares to play guitar for a crowd of children in the sanctuary.
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The youth of Friends are costumed as the Three Wise Men during a Christmas pageant.
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Two men share a hug as they look on at a congregational event.
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Members of the Youth Group use hammer and nail to help repair a house during an out-of-state mission
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52The associate pastor addresses the congregation.
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The senior pastor brings the congregation outside to the entrance fountain for a special portion of
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At the church annual retreat, the senior pastor breaks bread at the outdoor altar at Slumber Falls.
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The marquee outside of the sanctuary tells passersby “HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE, ONLY LOVE CAN DO T
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The Sunday greeter opens the door to service with a smile.
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With the sanctuary decorated for Christmas, a couple holds their infant child ahead of a baptism. A
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46The senior pastor baptises a young person in the creek at Slumber Falls on the annual church retre
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The five former and current senior pastors of Friends Church gather, berobed, for a photo at the fro
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The children of Friends walk through the aisles, handing palms to the congregation on Palm Sunday.
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The offering plate is collected at the end of a row.
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The pastor uses her hands to break off a piece of communion bread for a member of the congregation.
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40The prayer labyrinth in the lawn behind the sanctuary sits empty and serene.
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Children in motion in the sanctuary, surrounded by a blur of red and orange paper  “flames” on Pente
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The church banner features a red background, a dove flying from the top of the banner downward into
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“Come to the fair” reads a large handmade sign, flanked with smiling people, outside of the sanctuar
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The senior pastor, in full pastoral robes, stands with a demonstration. A sign behind him can be see
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Children scatter on the Friends lawn, holding baskets and stooping to pick up Easter eggs.
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The congregation stands, heads bowed toward an altar draped with a rainbow covering.
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The senior pastor stands waist-deep in a swimming pool with three young people, addressing the crowd
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A mother and son show off their matching arts and crafts projects.
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Two adults and two children lean over a table for an arts and crafts project.
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A black-and-white photo shows a dozen people, adults and children, posing with a large sign that rea
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A wide-angle lens captures the high ceilings and natural light of the sanctuary as volunteers prepar
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A Friends youth group member looks at the camera and points to the “NO H8” painted on her cheek, her
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Stones inscribed with the names of members of the congregation are placed in a box to be buried unde
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A married couple, longtime members of Friends, cut the cake celebrating their 50th anniversary.
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24Arms outstretched, the pastor addresses her congregation.
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In the time of the coronavirus, the senior pastor, wearing a face mask, faces a sanctuary empty exce
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Friends youth unload boxes while volunteering at the Brazos Church Pantry.
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A church member raises hands high during a reading.
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A child, lit only by the flame she delivers, lights the altar candle.
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The senior pastor sits on the floor of the altar, encircled by youth for the Children’s Message.
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The senior pastor and church leadership lean onto shovels during a ceremonial groundbreaking on the
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The path to the front door of the sanctuary is lined with lights, leading to a doorway decorated for
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A young man places a stone, inscribed with his name, into a large wooden box that is to be buried un
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A black-and-white photo shows a group of young adults smiling and laughing. Date unknown.
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Children of the church stop for a photo during an activity at the annual Slumber Falls retreat.
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Church members gather to update Friends Church mission statement.
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Members of the Friends Youth Group drape arms around each other and smile after Easter Sunday servic
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The choir stands and sings for the congregation, conducted by the director of music ministry.
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13Two church members hold hands and beam at each other just before taking their marriage vows.
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Two smiling church members pose for a photo during a casual church event.
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A young church member carries the flame to light the service candle.
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A black-and-white photo shows the original church building, circa 1980s.
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A young man and a child sit by the creek at Slumber Falls. Date unknown.
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The senior pastor invites the congregation to offer one another a sign of peace.
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Three young women are the Three Kings in the Christmas pageant.
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Church member musicians on strings and wind instruments accompany the choir during a special service
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