Sunday services at [Anderson, Indiana’s] 2233 S. Central Way look a little different these days.

The congregation consists of various groups now — Quakers, Wesleyans, white, black, Hispanic, the old and the young.

“We don’t consider ourselves us and them,” Memorial Circle Wesleyan Church Pastor Clifton Ashlock said. “We’re one now.”

While it may seem odd to have Wesleyans and Quakers together, the union is a way to keep members together and to help the community.

Memorial Circle recently adopted Anderson First Friends Church.

First Friends has always aimed to help meet the community’s needs, particularly in its neighborhood. But when the 120-year-old church realized it would have to dissolve soon, it turned to Memorial Circle to keep its congregation together.

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