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 Friendship Baptist Church

Celebrating Over 100 Years...

The theme for the dedication of the new building on January 29, 1984 was "The House of the Lord for the People of God". The dedication statement by Pastor Reverend Dr. Carl B. Taylor expressed the sentiment that the new building must represent our past, our future, our deep religious commitment, as well as our strong involvement in the local community.

The exterior of the building is the blending of the modern and the old. The soft tones of the chocolate colored bricks are meant to blend with the historical flavor of the neighborhood. The brick tower (represented in our logo), dominates the front of the building in recognition of our dependence on the strength and supremacy of our magnificent God. The great bell housed in the tower was cast in 1857 and tolled when the funeral train of President Abraham Lincoln passed through the city. The original stained glass windows of the old structure have been redesigned, re-leaded, and placed in the sanctuary behind protective glass. By day, how beautiful it is as the sun is reflected in all of its splendor, on the faces of the worshippers! By night, the beauty of the light reflected from these windows in the sanctuary serve as a sign to all who will pass, that the Spirit of God dwells therein.

Together, we celebrate over 100 years as the oldest African American Baptist Church in Schenectady, New York. We continue to honor our past, serve our present, and mentor our future. Though the building remains the same, we have enhanced the worship experience with the introduction of new technology. Our congregation reflects our surrounding community, with its struggles, aspirations, perseverance, frailty, youth, excitement, discipline, wisdom and innovative thinking. Friendship strives to combine a down home "spiritual feeling" in a contemporary gathering of the saints in worship, praise and service.

Known for our warm smiles, hugs and kisses, join us at one of our services for an awesome time in the Lord!