Friendship churches joining together to address community needs

A group of Friendship churches today introduced a new What God is Doing in Friendship ny initiative which is designed to highlight what God, through His congregations, is doing within the community and new ministries to help address the needs of its residents, including engagement of a children, youth and families ministry director.

A new group Facebook page by the same name went live this morning to help keep the community informed about current and future ministries, both in the community and adjoining areas, which will include a periodic newsletter of church and applicable community activities designed to help strengthen families and communities in the greater Friendship area and beyond.

All five community churches, the First United Methodist, Followers of the Way – Nile Community, Friendship Bible Baptist, Friendship Church of God in Christ, and the United Church of Friendship churches, will be hosting a Community Picnic next Sunday, August 6, starting at 12:30PM at Island Park, 29 West Water Street.

Music, kids games and activities, including a bounce house, and community fellowship are part of the free rain-or-shine event, which will be moved inside the site’s G.A.R Hall, in a more limited edition, in event of bad weather.

Attendees are invited to bring a dish-to-pass, with the churches providing meat, beverages and table service.

Ice Cream Social
On the following Sunday, August 13, the Nile church will be holding a free community-wide ice cream social at its facility at 4095 State Route 275, beginning at 2PM.

The annual event will include live music by Michael Scott Smith, root beer floats and other ice cream treats, games, and more.

The five churches also have joined together to engage with the national Back to Church Weekend observance on Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17, resulting in the greatest concentration of participating churches per population in Upstate New York.

Allegany County, with more than a dozen churches listed on the searchable website database, also has the most participating churches per county.

Specific activities during the weekend will be announced as they are finalized.

The Traveling Chapel and Other Initiatives
Hosting on Main Street of The Traveling Chapel, an opportunity for individuals to donate new and gently-used Bibles, Sunday School materials, Christian books, tracts and other items which will be shipped, through the Photos for Souls ministry in Alfred, to pastors and missionaries in countries where there are few Christian ministry resources, will occur in October.

Other community outreach activities by several Friendship churches, designed to aid in addressing the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families within Friendship and the broader community, also are in the planning stages, including the children, youth and families ministry director position.

Pastors of participating churches say they are “relying upon the Lord’s direction” in determining whether the new ministry lead will be volunteer, part-time or full-time and the components which will addressed initially.

Allegany Hope, a Christian outreach ministry which is focused on Building Healthy Communities Through Healthy FamilesTM, currently is coordinating the new multi-church initiative and can be reached at or (585) 664-9989.

Evolving news about the churches coalition will be provided on its group Facebook page at, which is available to the public, and through area media and other information sources.