Our Purpose

The purpose of Barberton Evangelical Friends Church is to help individuals encounter God. Through Jesus Christ, we worship, fellowship, study and pray in order that life transformation occurs in us so that God can change lives through us.

Our Values

Barberton Friends is moving toward becoming a more purpose-oriented church.

•      Friends in name and practice

    •      Real and authentic followers

        •      Intentionally purpose-driven

            •      Every member a minister

                        •      Never compromise the gospel

                                 •      Development of mature disciples

               •      Seeker seekers

Our Sunday Services

Sunday School: 9:45 AM

Worship Service: 11:00AM

Evening Study: 6:00PM (Seasonal)

Our Denomination

We are a member congregation of Evangelical Friends Church - Eastern Region (efcer.org)

EFC-ER (Evangelical Friends Churches - Eastern Region) is a Yearly Meeting of over 90 Evangelical Friends churches located in:

Ohio

Michigan

Pennsylvania

Virginia

Florida

North Carolina

Rhode Island

Maryland

Eastern Canada

 

The Evangelical Friends Church organization has a single purpose: helping local churches meet the spiritual needs of the people in their communities. To this end, the World Outreach Center in Canton, Ohio, serves the 14,000 EFC-ER church members, working to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission to mobilize, equip, and send workers to spread the love of Jesus.

EFC-ER actively participates in a larger group of Friends worldwide, known as Evangelical Friends Church - North America (EFI-NA).

 

Our Beliefs

The Evangelical Friends Church does not advance new teachings or doctrines. Instead, we seek to rediscover New Testament teachings and apply these age-old truths to our lives. As Friends we believe:

-God is our Father.

-Jesus Christ is "the Word made flesh" for us.

-The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Strengthener, and Guide.

-The Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by Him.

-A person receives forgiveness through repentance for sins and belief in Jesus Christ as Savior.

-The mission of the Church is to communicate the Good News of Salvation to people everywhere.

 

More detail is available in the EFC-ER Faith and Practice here [PDF].

Our History

In the 1600s, George Fox founded the Friends, centered on this Truth: Christ has come to teach His people Himself. Christianity is not about a set of doctrines or rituals, but is centered on a relationship with a living Person. Christ calls us then to live out a life of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, and Equality.

Friends, though never many, have been inspired to great works - becoming a voice of conscience on such issues as slavery, women's rights, the treatment of prisoners, and religious liberty.

Today, Evangelical Friends continue to emphasize the importance of a relationship with and obedience to the Risen Christ Within which calls us to minister for the good of all people, regardless their race, nationality, sex, social status, or affluence.

For more on Friends History, see The Rich Heritage of Quakerism.