Pastor Drew Ludwig of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Lafayette in Buffalo NY answers some questions for Buffalo Christian…
What should I wear?
Most of us are pretty casual, but some wear ties and dresses. You will be welcomed regardless of what you wear.
Where can I park?
We have a small lot on Lafayette Ave. On Sundays, you can park on either side of Lafayette or Elmwood.
What time are your services?
They are at 10am and 6pm, every Sunday, but we call them “celebrations,” because “service” sounds depressing, and worship at Lafayette isn’t.
I’m not a member, can I still come?
What if I’m not a Christian?
What if I’m gay?
Just try not to throw up during the celebration. Everyone is welcome here, really.
Does that make you a “liberal” church?
We don’t really fit into categories so well. If welcoming people makes us “Liberal,” than I guess we are liberal. If focusing on Jesus makes us “Conservative,” than we are conservative. Some of the people that worship here would describe themselves with each of those terms, but we don’t let those terms divide us. We value our different perspectives.
Can I bring my kids?
Again, everyone is welcome.
I know. I get it. What I meant to say is, “Do you have special programming for kids?”
Yes. Bring them with you to worship. After about 15 minutes with everybody together, there is a “Children’s Message” for kids at the front of the church. From there, kids go with volunteers (there is always more than one and they are always background checked!) to a “kids church.” Kids don’t HAVE to go to this. They can stay with you, or you can go with them, whichever way you prefer.
What if my kid makes noise during church?
It’s ok. We don’t mind noise.
I heard that sermons are interactive at your church. Is that true?
A lot of the time, yes. But don’t worry. We never make anybody talk. You can watch until you feel comfortable.
Does that mean I don’t have to sing, either?
We won’t pressure you to do anything you don’t want to do.
I want to volunteer at Loaves and Fishes. Can you help me with that?
Absolutely. Call 882-1861.
I need help with food/shelter/bills etc. Can you help me?
Yes, although you should know that we don’t hand out cash. We can however, put you in contact with a number of helpful agencies.
I want to take pictures of your church, may I?
Yes. Give us a call and we can schedule a time. We’d also like it if you shared the pictures with us.
Can I talk to the Pastor?
Yes. Call him at 886-6635, or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.