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Friendship Baptist Church: Single & Parenting Bible Study

441 Torrington Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759
http://friendshipbc.com
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Friendship Baptist Church began as a chapel in 1977 with a meeting at the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Torrington, Connecticut. Five families attended the initial meeting led by Tom Biles, Director of Missions for the Western Connecticut Baptist Association....read more
Friendship Baptist Church began as a chapel in 1977 with a meeting at the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Torrington, Connecticut. Five families attended the initial meeting led by Tom Biles, Director of Missions for the Western Connecticut Baptist Association. The first regular meetings took place on Friday evenings in a home and were led by the pastor of Middlesex Baptist Church, Paul Plavnick. The chapel began Sunday School on Sundays in October of that year. On January 1, 1978, Paul Plavnick became the chapel's first pastor. Services began on Sunday evenings in the building of the First Congregational Church. In March, Bible studies led by laymen began in various homes of members. The membership was 15 at this time. The first Vacation Bible School was held that summer with a mission team from First Baptist Church, Barnesville, Georgia. The chapel began nursing home ministries in June of 1979. Vacation Bible School that summer averaged 100 in attendance with the help of Cave Spring Baptist Church of Roanoke, Virginia. In September, Pastor Plavnick resigned and Robert Hughes was called as interim pastor in December. Morning worship services began in April 1980. Pastor Hughes helped the chapel search for a pastor. At the same time, a Sunday morning Sunday School began. Pastor Hughes resigned in October 1980 as the chapel called Kingsley S. Roberts as pastor. He began in November. The chapel now had 26 members. A sign was erected to give the chapel an identity in the community. In February of 1982 the chapel called Laddie Pierce, from Mississippi, to be its first full-time pastor. In July the chapel voted to "constitute" as an official church. The Constitutional Service was held on September 26, 1982. The membership of the newly formed Friendship Baptist Church was 42 persons. On February 9, 1983 a search committee was elected to locate property on which to build a permanent worship facility. The church's first Deacon Ordination Service took place on February 18, 1983. Tom Moncrief, the WCBA Director of Missions was the speaker. In September, 1984 the church completed the purchase of 5 acres in Litchfield, Connecticut. Pastor Pierce resigned as pastor on September 30, 1984. George Rehberg became the pastor on January 27, 1985. Various new ministries were started including Susan B. Anthony, a shelter for battered women, and at the Litchfield Correctional Center. Several home Bible studies were started in surrounding communities. In September 1986 the church paid off the mortgage on the land purchased for a future building site. A new children's church program began in January 1986. In early 1987 Friendship sponsored a mission in Bristol, Connecticut. Andy Estes was called as mission pastor in May. In the same month, Friendship moved out of the First Congregation Church facilities to the Litchfield High School. In the fall of that year, plans were approved for a 10,000 square foot building to be constructed by volunteers. On March 27, 1988 ground was broken for the new building and work began on June 8. Volunteer construction crews from churches around the country worked diligently with members of the church all summer and into the fall. The new building was dedicated on October 27, 1988. Friendship doubled its paid staff by adding a church secretary. As a result, Friendship will begin sending construction missionaries every year to help others with their facilities. A bi-weekly coffee house ministry for singles was started in July 1989. The first building team was sent out as the church joined other Baptists in erecting new church buildings. This ministry continues today with adults and teenagers going out each summer. In 1999 Friendship sent two teams for the first time. In May 1990 the church participated in a "simultaneous revival" effort with other churches in New England. Ken Hall, pastor of Longview Baptist Church (Texas), preached. In September the church called Eugene Burrus to serve as part-time minister of music. On October 12th
 
 

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Friendship Baptist Church began as a chapel in 1977 with a meeting at the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Torrington, Connecticut. Five families attended the initial meeting led by Tom Biles, Director of Missions for the Western Connecticut Baptist Association. The first regular meetings took place on Friday evenings in a home and were led by the pastor of Middlesex Baptist Church, Paul Plavnick. The chapel began Sunday School on Sundays in October of that year. On January 1, 1978, Paul Plavnick became the chapel's first pastor. Services began on Sunday evenings in the building of the First Congregational Church. In March, Bible studies led by laymen began in various homes of members. The membership was 15 at this time. The first Vacation Bible School was held that summer with a mission team from First Baptist Church, Barnesville, Georgia. The chapel began nursing home ministries in June of 1979. Vacation Bible School that summer averaged 100 in attendance with the help of Cave Spring Baptist Church of Roanoke, Virginia. In September, Pastor Plavnick resigned and Robert Hughes was called as interim pastor in December. Morning worship services began in April 1980. Pastor Hughes helped the chapel search for a pastor. At the same time, a Sunday morning Sunday School began. Pastor Hughes resigned in October 1980 as the chapel called Kingsley S. Roberts as pastor. He began in November. The chapel now had 26 members. A sign was erected to give the chapel an identity in the community. In February of 1982 the chapel called Laddie Pierce, from Mississippi, to be its first full-time pastor. In July the chapel voted to "constitute" as an official church. The Constitutional Service was held on September 26, 1982. The membership of the newly formed Friendship Baptist Church was 42 persons. On February 9, 1983 a search committee was elected to locate property on which to build a permanent worship facility. The church's first Deacon Ordination Service took place on February 18, 1983. Tom Moncrief, the WCBA Director of Missions was the speaker. In September, 1984 the church completed the purchase of 5 acres in Litchfield, Connecticut. Pastor Pierce resigned as pastor on September 30, 1984. George Rehberg became the pastor on January 27, 1985. Various new ministries were started including Susan B. Anthony, a shelter for battered women, and at the Litchfield Correctional Center. Several home Bible studies were started in surrounding communities. In September 1986 the church paid off the mortgage on the land purchased for a future building site. A new children's church program began in January 1986. In early 1987 Friendship sponsored a mission in Bristol, Connecticut. Andy Estes was called as mission pastor in May. In the same month, Friendship moved out of the First Congregation Church facilities to the Litchfield High School. In the fall of that year, plans were approved for a 10,000 square foot building to be constructed by volunteers. On March 27, 1988 ground was broken for the new building and work began on June 8. Volunteer construction crews from churches around the country worked diligently with members of the church all summer and into the fall. The new building was dedicated on October 27, 1988. Friendship doubled its paid staff by adding a church secretary. As a result, Friendship will begin sending construction missionaries every year to help others with their facilities. A bi-weekly coffee house ministry for singles was started in July 1989. The first building team was sent out as the church joined other Baptists in erecting new church buildings. This ministry continues today with adults and teenagers going out each summer. In 1999 Friendship sent two teams for the first time. In May 1990 the church participated in a "simultaneous revival" effort with other churches in New England. Ken Hall, pastor of Longview Baptist Church (Texas), preached. In September the church called Eugene Burrus to serve as part-time minister of music. On October 12th