Maryville Friends Church – The Church Journey


Maryville Friends Church – The Church Journey

December 03 2020 –

I recently visited Maryville Friends Church, which is a Quaker church. Sometimes they call themselves “Quakers” and sometimes they call themselves “Friends” looking at history Friends became known as Quakers, going back to the 1600s in England. It is reported that Friends in their worship services became so overcome by God’s power that they would visibly quake from the intensity of the experience, and thus were informally called “Quakers. Both names depend on how formal they’re being or, personal preference. Officially they are called “The Religious Society of Friends,” or Friends for short, but “Quakers” was an early nickname that became so popular that it stuck. [1]

The name “Friends” comes from the Gospel of John specifically, John 15:14-15, “You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. [1]


It was a beautiful fall day as started my journey to visit a few churches. Several times on planned trips to visit a church I have come across a church that was not one of my planned destinations. Today was no different as I was driving, I saw this wooden white church shining brightly in the sunlight. I know that I needed to share it, so made an unplanned stop to take some picture and spend some time in prayer.



When I think of Quakers, I think of the Pennsylvania Quakers looking back at history in 1681, King Charles II gave William Penn, a wealthy English Quaker, a large land grant in America to pay off a debt owed to his family. Penn, who had been jailed multiple times for his Quaker beliefs, went on to found Pennsylvania as a sanctuary for religious freedom and tolerance. [2]

Within just a few years, several thousand Friends had moved to Pennsylvania from Britain. Quakers were heavily involved in Pennsylvania’s new government and held positions of power in the first half of the 18th century, before deciding their political participation was forcing them to compromise some of their beliefs, including pacifism. [2]


Church Website:


Date Visited: 2020 November 4th. 

Location: 2044 Sequoyah Ave, Maryville, TN.

If you would like to learn more about this church, upcoming events, or listen to a sermon I encourage you to visit the church website listed above.

May our Lord continue to bless this church in Jesus name.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – (Matthew 5:16)

Please Pray for all our churches as they continue to face challenges in the year 2020.

May this find you well and happy, God Bless




  1. Maryville Friends Church, “FAQ” (2017, June 11) Retrieved from
  2. com Editors. (2019, May 19 ) “Quakers” Retrieved December 1, 2020 :,-In%201681%2C%20King&text=Quakers%20were%20heavily%20involved%20in,of%20their%20beliefs%2C%20including%20pacifism.

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