Friendship Baptist Church (767 Rocky Point Road, Conway) will hold a special Homecoming Weekend on September 9-10 to celebrate 100 years of ministering to Faulkner County residents.
FBC had a humble beginning as members of the Tucker School community recognized a spiritual need in the area and developed a shared vision to meet that need. On Sunday, September 9, 1917, they met at the Tucker School for the purpose of organizing a Baptist Church. Twelve individuals came forth naming the newly formed church Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, and they met once a month in the school until a church building was constructed.
Throughout its 100 year history, Friendship has constructed five different sanctuaries to meet its growth from the original 12 charter members to its current 1,200-plus members. Even with its growth and multiple building projects, Friendship has remained in its original location. The current sanctuary sits within 200 feet of the first sanctuary.
Friendship Baptist Church has been celebrating its centennial year since January with special exhibits, meetings and activities. The theme for the year-long celebration is "The Journey." The theme for the Homecoming Weekend is "By Faith the Journey Continues." Saturday, September 9, will be devoted to Friendship giving back to the community. Under the banner of "Share the Love," Friendship members will implement a series of community service projects. Ministry groups, Sunday School classes, youth groups and individuals within the church will be working throughout the community to share God’s love through service with everyone it can reach.
On Sunday, September 10, at 10 a.m. there will be a combined worship service to celebrate "By Faith, the Journey Continues." Individual, choir and special singing along with testimonials and spiritual messages will be incorporated in the celebratory service.
Immediately following the service, a "Birthday Bash" luncheon will be provided for attendees. During the luncheon, everyone will be provided with an opportunity to share a remembrance of Friendship’s past by writing a personal message or prayer which will be displayed through the remainder of the year.
Past members of Friendship Baptist Church, along with all others, are encouraged to join with the current members to celebrate this joyous event.