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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?
We are on the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and 73rd Street; the address is 921 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10021. View a map of the area.

How do I get there?
Bus service: M1, M2, M3 or M4; traveling north, get off at 72nd Street and walk north one block. Traveling south (on Fifth Avenue) get off at 74th Street, and walk one block east to Madison Avenue and one block south to the church, or get off at 72nd Street and walk east to Madison Avenue, and one block north to the church. Cross-town bus service: M72 to 72nd Street and Madison Avenue, walking one block north, or M79 to Madison and walk six blocks south. Other cross-town buses and link with the M1-4 buses for transfer.
Subway:
#6 train to Hunter College (68th Street), then walk north to 73rd Street, and west two blocks to Madison Avenue; or, #6 to 77th Street (Lenox Hill Hospital), walk two blocks west to Madison Avenue, and south four blocks to the church.

What time are your worship services?
Regular Schedule: 2nd Sunday in September through the Sunday before Memorial Day at 9 am, 11:15 am, and 7:30 pm.
Summer Schedule: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 10:30 am and 7:30 pm (the 7:30 pm service is in recess for the month of August).
Christmas: Christmas Eve 5 pm family service; 11 pm Candlelight Communion; Service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Day at 11:15 am.
Easter Day: 9 am, 11:15 am and 7:30 pm; no Christian Education Hour.

Is child care provided during worship services?
Professional child care is provided for both morning services from 8:30 am to 1 pm.

When do you celebrate Communion?
Weekly at all three services.

May I take Communion if I am not a member?
If you are a professing Christian of whatever tradition, you are welcome at Christ’s Table.

What is the annual budget?
$3.4 million, plus a $2.4 million budget for the Day School.

Who is on staff?
Click here to view members of our staff.

With whom should I speak about membership?
The Rev. Donald B. Wahlig would be delighted to speak with you.

How do I become a member?
By attending a New Members’ Class, often referred to as “Inquirers’ Class,” after which an invitation to join the church is extended. Members are welcomed on first public profession of faith and baptism, first public professions of faith (having been baptized as a child but not confirmed), transfer of letter from another Christian church, or reaffirmation of faith.

May my child be baptized if I am not a member?
No, we are not permitted to baptize children whose parents are not members of the congregation unless the parent is a member of another congregation and that church agrees to take pastoral responsibility for the child. However, we regularly receive parents as members and baptize their child at that same service.

May I get married at MAPC if I am not a member?
Yes, so long as either you or fiance believes in God, you may be married at MAPC, using the traditional Christian marriage service. More information about weddings at MAPC.

Does MAPC belong to a larger group?
We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) a 2.5 million member denomination.

What education opportunities do you offer?
Sunday morning Church School for nursery through high school, as well as various Adult Education courses at 10 am.
Wednesday afternoon, 4-6 pm: “Kids’ Club” includes recreation, Bible study with one of the pastors, children’s choir for children age 4 through 6th grade. A common meal is served for the children, their parents and the pastoral staff.
An evening Women’s Bible Study is held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6-8 pm. There is also a special Lenten Film Series Sundays in Lent at 1 pm; includes a light lunch. Learn more about education at MAPC.

What Bible studies are available?
See above.

What fellowship opportunities are available?
20s/30s, Families with Young Children, Mid-Timers, Senior’s Unlimited, Church Family Nights, softball, periodic Sunday brunches, Cabaret Night. Learn more about fellowship.

In what type of outreach ministry is MAPC involved?
Our major focus is on hunger, shelter, and women and children at risk. We serve a Thursday evening dinner to approximately 150 women and men who otherwise might not eat. We house 11 men in our overnight shelter, plus an additional 8-10 men in the emergency shelter. We run a tutoring program for children in East Harlem on Saturday mornings, and support and work with a congregation in Brooklyn ministering to incarcerated men and women, and their children. In addition, we provide weekly offerings of food to the Yorkville Common Pantry and financial support to other agencies in the city addressing various needs that range from abandoned pregnant teenagers to assistance for homebound senior citizens. We host one of the largest Cocaine Anonymous groups in the country and participate in several community organizations advocating fair housing and combating homelessness. Learn more about outreach at MAPC.

How can I volunteer?
Speak with Rev. Donald B. Wahlig, Associate for Outreach and Evangelism. Don will gladly help you find a place to serve.

Do you have an organized music program?
Yes, there is the Sunday morning adult choir, a teen choir that regularly sings with the adult choir, and two children’s choirs. In addition, we have the Saint Andrew Chorale that presents major concerts, usually with orchestra, four times a year. The Saint Andrew Music Society hosts Sunday afternoon concerts (recitals and chamber music) September through May. Learn more about music at MAPC.

May I be active and involved if I'm not a Presbyterian?
Absolutely, you need be neither a Presbyterian nor a member of the church to participate in any of our ministries or programs.

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