COMMUNITY

Friendship Presbyterian Church is a good neighbor in the Athens-Clarke Co. and Oconee Co. communities, and is home to a number of organizations and groups making a difference in our area.

Scouting

For many years, our congregation has been honored to be the home of Boy Scout Troop 149 and Cub Scout Pack 149. These outstanding organizations do far more than just use our church space, but are also true partners with us in service.

Boy Scout Troop 149 has been chartered to Friendship Church since May 1959, There were 9 scouts in the troop when it was first chartered under Scoutmaster Starr Lee. Troop 149 has met continuously since that time, with ups and downs of activity level, size, and adult leadership. Paul Matthews accepted the position of Scoutmaster in August of 1994, and the troop has grown to include many active youth and adults, who help out in various capacities ranging from troop committee positions, to assistant Scoutmasters, to merit badge counselors and event coordinators. Troop 149 is one of the largest and most active troops in the Cherokee District, our 9-county area, and also provides leadership at the Cherokee District and Northeast Georgia Council level through our adult volunteers. Our Scouts also provide leadership beyond the troop level – such as serving as summer camp staff and as leaders of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor society.

Cub Scout Pack 149 has also been around for decades and has been led by many committed volunteers over the years. From energetic monthly meetings to the multiple camping trips a year and the annual winter trip, the Pack offers many opportunities for young boys to grow and learn in a fun, nurturing environment.

Choirs and Ensembles

In addition to Friendship Church’s outstanding music program, we are also home to the Athens Chamber Singers, the Athens Recorder Ensemble, and the Friendship Community Choir – all led by our music director, Dr. Kevin Kelly. All three are widely celebrated in Athens and throughout Georgia. With the Friendship Community Choir, Kevin has led 5 international concert tours, two performances at Piccolo Spoleto, and joined concerts with choirs in Wales and Prague.