Friendship is a Jesus following, justice seeking, transforming community.
We work to deepen our faith with intentionality, nurture our spiritual growth, and build relationships with each other, our communities, and God.
Friendship is an open & affirming congregation. This means we commit to listening and celebrating the ways folks share who they are and how they want to be called. We pay particular attention to names and pronouns people use . When we make mistakes, we commit to apologizing, correcting ourselves, and moving forward. We are also committed to creating gatherings that are accessible, inclusive, and courageous both virtually and in person.
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In 2011, Norwood Park Presbyterian Church and St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church merged to create Friendship Presbyterian Church. Our legacy congregations wanted to create a community that would welcome all of our neighbors on the northwest side of Chicago and beyond, and for many years we faithfully did just that at the old Norwood Park Metra Station. Worshipping for seven years at the train station, we wove ourselves into the fabric of the northwest side of Chicago. Partnering with the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce, we shared our space hosting community events. We hosted concerts, met for “God Talk on Tap” in neighboring bars, supported the formation of both the Neighbors for Affordable Housing and the Northwest Side Coalition Against Racism and Hate , and more!
a congregation on the move
Change came calling and we answered with some big moves.
In 2018, our city was rocked when CPD officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 7 years in prison for the murder of Laquan McDonald. Five days after the verdict, Friendship and the NWS Coalition joined in vigils all over Chicago; we hosted one in the train station. As our community grieved with the family, and called for more police accountability and systemic changes in the criminal justice system, we were met by pro-police protestors. Within a month after hosting the vigil, the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce notified us that our lease at the train station was being terminated so that they could turn it into a one-off rental space. Change called and we answered with some big moves.
In the time between leaving the train station and the pandemic, we worshipped at The Gift Theatre in Jefferson Park. During this period, we fiercely advocated for an affordable housing structure that was proposed by developer Full Circle Communities at 5150 N Northwest HWY. While working with our neighbors to get this building approved, former alderperson of the 45th ward, John Arena, put us in touch with the folks at Full Circle. Full Circle was looking for an organization to rent the commercial space that was to be included on the ground floor of this new building, and Friendship was looking for a permanent home.
After careful consideration, Friendship decided this was an opportunity that was not to be missed. We signed on to be the tenants of the commercial space and waited for the project to break ground!
The Zoom Times and Beyond
Once the pandemic did hit in 2020, Friendship went fully online. Around the same time, construction had begun on 5150 N Northwest HWY. When the building finished in spring of 2022, our congregation felt it was safe to return to in person gatherings, and we hit the ground running! We are now fully set up in our new home and are building relationships with our neighbors in the building and the wider community.
“JOIN US ON THE JOURNEY. HELP US FIND OUR WAY.”
We love telling our story, just as much as we enjoy living into our next chapters together. We’d love it if you were a part of our journey. As a first step, consider joining us at one of our community events, or for Sunday worship at 10 AM in our building space or online.
As said by many faithful folks throughout our history, “join us on the journey, help us find our way.”