The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers or just Friends, was founded in England in the 17th century by George Fox. He and other early Friends, were persecuted for their beliefs, which included the idea that the presence of God exists in every person. Quakers rejected elaborate religious ceremonies, didn’t have official clergy and believed in spiritual equality for men and women. Quaker missionaries first arrived in America in the mid-1650s. Quakers, who practice pacifism, played a key role in both the abolitionist and women’s rights movements.
Archdale Friends was established by Springfield Friends Meeting in 1924 and has remained faithful to Christ while serving our community and neighbors. We have experienced several expansions since our first meetinghouse and today we are fortunate to continue worshiping on the very grounds of our ancestors. We have a preschool and after school program and our youth meet on a regular basis for personal and spiritual growth.