New Member Information


New Member Information

We are glad you have found us online. If you do not have a church home in New York City, we encourage you to consider becoming a member of this congregation.

We also invite you to join us on Sundays for one of our two worship services (one during the summer months) and for our Christian Education Hour. Your presence adds strength to our praise.

We are a community of 570 active adult members, approximately 60 percent women/40 percent men, plus  children. Our largest and growing contingent includes many young families between the ages of 26 and 45. The second largest contingent is over 65, followed by 56-65, then 46-55, with fifty-two who are 25 years of age and younger. Our members come from all over Manhattan with a fairly even split between the East and the West side of the city. People from Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, New Jersey and Connecticut also worship with us and participate in our ministries. In addition, we have members living in London, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

If you are interested in membership, or becoming a Christian, our pastors would be delighted to talk with you to discuss whatever questions you might have.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am thinking about membership. What should I do?
Please speak with one of our pastors and register for "Tell Me More About MAPC" class. The seminar is offered on certain Saturdays from 9 am until 11:30 am throughout the year, so please check our calendar for scheduled dates. The class includes a light meal. Professional childcare will be provided if arrangements are made prior to the seminar. Contact the Rev. Rebecca Heilman at .  She will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Who comes to a "Tell Me More About MAPC" class?
Typically, a class will include people from a broad spectrum of faith experiences and traditions. Often one or two in the class will have not yet been baptized. Others, though baptized as infants, have never made a public profession of faith. Still others grew up in a Christian church, drifted away from participation in a church community, but have decided to renew their Christian commitments and are looking for help in doing that. Frequently, classes will include people from Roman Catholic or Orthodox backgrounds who, because of personal circumstances, are looking for a new church home that is similar in worship style but more reformed and open in theology and practice. We also have lifelong active church members, whether Presbyterian or other Protestant traditions, who come wanting to transfer their membership to MAPC. Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church is made up of a diversity of Christians. All are welcome!

Must I be ready to become a member to participate in a class?
Absolutely not! Being ready to join the church is not an expectation of those who attend a class. That is why it is called an “Tell Me More About MAPC.” We want participants to be free to think through membership at MAPC and what is involved with that commitment. Each class regularly includes several people who are still exploring their faith, or for other reasons are not yet prepared to join the church. We encourage these people to continue to worship with us and take part in our ministries, telling them that, should the time come when they are ready to join, we will gladly welcome them into membership. We welcome anyone who is truly interested about these various dimensions of the faith! And, we welcome last-minute attendance. Though we appreciate a phone call or e-mail to let us know you plan to attend, it is not absolutely necessary.

If I am ready to join MAPC what do I do?
Contact Rev. Rebecca Heilman and register for a class. At the end of the seminar, an invitation to join the church will be extended. We will help you determine which of the various means of joining is appropriate for you. If you have not been baptized, we will schedule a date for your baptism and include additional time for you to talk with one of the pastors for baptismal preparation. You will then be ready to be received into church membership upon your first public profession of faith and baptism. If you are baptized but never confirmed, we will welcome you upon your first pubic profession of faith. If you have been baptized and confirmed but have not been active in a congregation for some time, we will receive you into membership by your reaffirmation of faith. If you have been an active member in another church, we will receive you by transfer of membership from another congregation. In this instance, we will write the appropriate letters necessary to complete that transfer. In preparation for being formally received into membership, we will invite you to meet with members of the church’s governing body (the Session) on a Sunday morning prior to being welcomed into membership during one of the morning worship services.

I was baptized in another church; do I need to be baptized again?
No. Presbyterians recognize the baptisms of all Christian churches, whether received as an infant or an adult. We do not re-baptize.