FAQ

Call (212) 477-0351 ext. 21 for any questions or concerns you might have regarding accessing facilities or special needs.

When is the Sunday service?

The Judson main worship service is held every Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Meeting Room, located at 55 Washington Square South. The service lasts for approximately one hour. It is followed by coffee hour, which provides an opportunity to meet and speak with members and active participants of the congregation.

Can anyone attend the service?

Our door is open to all. Active participants at Judson come from many backgrounds, traditions and beliefs. Queers mix easily with straight people (read our ONA statement on the About page); younger with older; urban with suburban. Wheelchair users and those with mobility impairments can access the meeting room through the 243 Thomson St. entrance.

Is Judson accessible?

 

the Meeting Room (level 3), Gym and restrooms (basement level) are all accessible via elevator from the 243 Thomson St. entrance. However, the balcony (where some events such as "Magic Time" are held) can only be accessed via stairs.

 

Contact (212) 477-0351 x 21 with any questions or concerns regarding access to Judson's facilities.

What is Judson like?

Judson began its life as a mission church serving new immigrants, and it continues to this day a practice of justice and witness. We are known as a "peace church" and "open and affirming church," and we are active in working for social justice and civil and human rights. We also have a long-time involvement in the arts and welcome artists of all kinds to our congregation and in our church.

What are Judson's denominations?

Judson is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and the United Church of Christ, both leading mainline Protestant denominations and both belonging to the "free-church" tradition of liberal Protestantism that affirms the autonomy of the local church.

But our members encompass a wide variety of religious beliefs. Many members of our community care deeply about particular denominations; many church professionals and Baptist and UCC activists are among us. Many others are blissfully unaware of particular denominations at all. WE WELCOME ALL WHO ASK THE QUESTIONS!

Is there a Sunday School?

The Judson Sunday School meets at the same time as the Sunday service - from 11 a.m. to around noon. The Sunday School staff consists of a director and leaders for each of three age groups: toddlers, younger grades and older grades. Of course, parents are welcome to keep their children with them during the worship service if that is their preference.

Does Judson have childcare available?

Childcare is provided for toddlers through upper grades during worship services and congregational meetings.

How do you join Judson?

One may formally join the Judson congregation in any of four ways: by receiving baptism, making a statement to the congregation, transferring from another church or requesting and receiving the status of "voting non-member." The voting non-member category was created to accommodate those whose backgrounds or beliefs might hinder them from formally joining or whose employment requires them to maintain membership in a church that is affiliated with a denomination other than ABC or UCC.

Is membership required to participate at Judson?

No. While we encourage people to consider becoming members or voting non-members so that they gain the right to vote, membership is not required to be an active participant in the life of this congregation, or to participate in its committees or Board.

How does a person get started at Judson?You can start by simply coming to a Sunday service. Be sure to fill out a visitor card, and a member of our staff will contact you. You can also request to be on our mailing list. The coffee hour following the service is also a great way to meet the minister and get to know people in the congregation.

What is the Agape Meal?

It is a special first Sunday of the month where people bring simple foods to share. Agape is a word used to describe unconditional love. Agape Meals are part Mass, part Eucharist, part Communion, part Welcome Table; and in all parts, a remembrance of Jesus' last Passover supper with his disciples on the night of his betrayal. It is also the communal table and joyful feast of the people of God, calling forth the anticipated time of justice for all.

At Judson, all believers and unbelievers and maybe-believers are welcome to the simple feast. No one need participate. Agape is the meal's title and only "rule." Here we eat together, in memory and in hope. We eat during the singing and praying, as we want. We drink either wine or juice, both of which are on the table. We eat together after the words of Jesus, reminding us to remember him. Jesus practiced radical table hospitality: eating with everyone, in many ways. The elements of bread and wine are brought by the people, but whether you brought or not, please join the table with joy. Agape means there is plenty for all.

How is Judson governed?

In our free-church tradition, basic operating decisions - like those involving finances, congregational policy and the selection of a senior minister - are made by members and "voting non-members." Oversight of the affairs of the church is exercised by an elected 12-member Board of Trustees, chaired by an elected Moderator. The key work of Judson is performed by appointed and elected committees and task forces. Currently 69 people serve on the board and committees.

How do you contact the minister?

You may contact Rev Michael Ellick at (212) 477-0351, ext. 29.

 
55 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 | phone: 212-477-0351 | fax: 212-995-0844