Know Christ, Grow in Christ, Go with Christ

Friendship United Methodist Church is more than a church – we are a family!
Friendship  is a loving, friendly group of people striving to be a beacon in our community.
We are Christians growing in faith who seek to lead others into a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
We are friends, family and neighbors reaching out in ministry to those around us.  We are willing to cry together and laugh together.
At  Friendship, you will find people who are committed to God and willing to serve Him and follow wherever He leads.


House of Agape
Prepare and serve meals
Offer encouragement
Lead in devotions
Bethel Warming Center
Provide supplies
Prepare and serve meals
Project Hope
Hope House assists more than 30 families each day.  They provide help with food, medical and utility expenses.  How can we help?
Gather supplies
Meets at 9:45
Classes available for:
Fellowship Class
Genesis Class
Discovery Class – 9:30 in Fellowship Hall
Choir Practice
Wednesday evening 7:00PM
Choir Loft
Praise Team
Wednesday evening 8:00PM
email Pam @ pamelabth@live.com
with any questions regarding this ministry
Deeper Still
First & Third Tuesday @ 10:30AM
Fellowship Hall
Children’s Church
It’s an exciting time for Friendship UMC, as we welcome Samantha Naniot into the Friendship family, as our new Nursery/Children’s worker. Sam has a love for teaching, for children, and above all⸺a love for Christ. We are excited to watch our children’s program grow and thrive. 


 There’s an old, traditional Christmas song which states that “there’s no place like home for the holidays.” For all of us the concept of home brings up familiar places, sights, sounds and traditions. But what exactly is home? I think it’s something a little different for each and every one of us. Yet, at the same time I believe for all of us it incorporates many of the same elements. In March of this year, I was told that I would be moving to a new “home” at the end of June. I knew I would be going to Rock Hill and I would become the pastor of Friendship and Heath Memorial United Methodist Churches. I knew the name and the location of the new place but what would my new home really be like? Shortly after I moved in I set out to let the people who knew this home best tell me what it was like to be a part of it. On August 15th we began a series of once a week home meetings for 8 weeks. These meetings were based on a Conference sponsored program called “Transitions.” During these 8 weeks I met with approximately 70 members of Friendship and asked each group to tell me how they became a member of the church and answer 3 questions: 1) As you think about your experiences at Friendship can you tell me when you felt the most alive, excited and motivated about the church? 2) What do you value the most about the church? 3) What 3 wishes would you make for our church? I would like to share with you what you told me about this home. While many of you may have come here by a different route (born into this church, married into this church, visited this church, invited to this church) you stayed at this church because this church is about the people. Friendship is a church where the people embrace you, inspire you, motivate you, and encourage you to grow in faith and in your relationship with God and the family of God. Here you can learn God’s word through dynamic Sunday School classes and Bible Studies, experience the story of Christ through a Last Supper play, worship with your hands and hearts lifted up in praise, serve in ministry through Agape Meals, the Bethel Warming Center, and reach out to the community through Fish Fries, Beach Bashes and other programs. But, most importantly, with God’s people at Friendship you can catch hold of a vision for the church that is yet to be. What will that church look like? If wishes come true Friendship will be a Christ-centered, vibrant church filled with people who are a family connected through the bonds of love of God, and love of God’s people. We will be a beacon of light shining in our community and drawing people home to God and home to Friendship. Last week many of you spent time placing invitations to our December 1 st Christmas Sing-Along on mailboxes throughout our community. The invitations said, “A Place for You this Christmas.” What I have learned from you, and what you want everyone to learn, is that Friendship United Methodist Church is a place where everyone can come home to God and be family.
In Christ’s Love,



The children are collecting loose change and dollar bills after the children’s sermon.
The Clang Buckets collection is for Epworth Children’s Home,
next collection – January 19th.


Christmas is a time of joy, with sparkling lights, wreaths on front doors, packages under the tree. It’s a time for family gatherings and warm memories.
We hope you will join us this season as we celebrate the birth of Christ.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 24th, 10:00 PM



Karen Starr
A Columbia native,  Rev. Karen Starr is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University. In addition, she received training as a hospital chaplain and counselor through the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency program at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Her continuing educational efforts have been focused on the areas of preaching, prayer, and evangelism, and she has attended preaching clinics by Dr. William Willimon, prayer workshops by Terry Tekyl, and four Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism for clergy. She has been a consultant in the development of literature for children and youth; a certified EMT; a Board member of various communities’ Councils on Aging; an active Lions Club member; a volunteer at the “Visiting Vietnam Wall”; a rescue dog owner; a horseback rider; a spectator at events involving children from her congregations; and an avid reader.
Pam Chapman
Music Director
I grew up in the Friendship Community, and consider Friendship part of my family. My desire is to help those with gifts in music find place of service at Friendship. What drives me in ministry is the opportunity to help others become contributors in music ministry. Things that bring joy to my heart include: leading and seeing others come to Christ, seeing others use their gifts in ministry, and watching people become worshipers of God through their personal worship times and through lifestyles of worship. I came to know the Lord as Savior at the age of eight in my home.  At twenty I came to a personal understanding of Jesus Christ and finally understood grace. My desire in ministry is to serve the Lord in the local church. I desire to use my gifts and talents to further the gospel of Christ, to help the church become a place where the arts are awesome venues of ministry, and to serve alongside people of God who are servants of the Lord. .
Peggy Frese
I was born in West Virginia and moved to
South Carolina when I was four years old.
I graduated from Rock Hill High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University in Business Administration with emphasis in finance and a minor in mathematics. I married my wonderful husband, Dale, in 2001.
I have two married children, six grandchildren, and am “critter-momma” to two large breed dogs. After working in the telecommunications industry for many years, I retired in 2004 to be
a “nanny” to my middle granddaughter.
I began working at Friendship in May 2009.
In addition, I am a freelance literary editor working primarily for a publishing house based in Queensland, Australia. Being a United Methodist made the transition into the secretarial role easy. I love my “Friendship” family and feel blessed to serve this church.


Friendship UMC has a mobile app that you can use to listen to audio, video and online tithe.







1200 Neely Store Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Email: fumcrh@gmail.com
Office (803) 324-0172
Parsonage (803) 324-0144

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