Frequently Asked Questions

Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church is located at 655 S Lorraine St in Wichita, KS. For directions please Click Here

First of all, you will be greeted casually at the door by two of our members or regular attenders. They can direct you to the coat racks, the sanctuary (and the restroom, in case you need it). They may also invite you to wear a “stick-on” nametag. We encourage everyone—visitors and regular attenders alike—to wear nametags as a way of being more welcoming to one another. Of course, if you would prefer not to wear a nametag, that is okay too. We want you to feel comfortable.

You will have several choices. Most people sit in the main section of the sanctuary. When you enter, an usher will help you find a pew. If you prefer, you may also sit in the “overflow” section, just behind the main section, or in the balcony upstairs (a favorite hangout for our high school youth, or for families with toddlers who want to be closer to the nursery).

Yes. The nursery is on the second floor (in the northwest corner, for those of you who keep track of such things). There are always at least two adults on duty, and they love children. The nursery is staffed both during the worship service and the Sunday School hour.

You are welcome to dress however you are most comfortable. Many in our congregation choose to wear “dressy casual.” Some of the men wear ties; many don’t. Similarly, some women wear dresses or skirts, and others pants. Youth (and some adults) often wear blue jeans. (Note: if you happen to come on Holy Humor Sunday, you may see some pretty outlandish clothing—at least on those with a sense of humor!)

Yes. This policy is established to maximize the safety, security and comfort of all persons while they are on our premises, including parents, their children, and the volunteers who teach and care for them.

Our worship style tends to be a bit more formal than informal, and a tad more traditional than contemporary. The prelude music is usually played on our wonderful pipe organ (although sometimes it is played on our electronic keyboard, our piano, or occasionally by other musicians, including playing a variety of string and wind instruments). On Sundays when the Chancel Choir (our adult choir) sings, they will process in during the prelude music, wearing robes. The worship leader and whichever pastor is preaching that Sunday usually follows the choir in.

You will receive a bulletin from the usher as you enter. This will provide you with an order of that morning’s service, which typically includes readings (some of which include the congregation), hymns, scripture, a “Time for Children” (during which the children are invited to come forward for a brief story or conversation), a sermon, a time of introductions, sharing and prayer, and a time for those who wish to contribute financial offerings to the mission and ministry of the church. During some of the worship components, the congregation will be invited by the worship leader to stand if they are comfortable and able to do so (these are usually marked with an asterisk* in the order of service). If standing is difficult for you, please feel free to remain seated—you won’t be the only one.

You will notice (and may have already) that music is very important at Lorraine Avenue. We enjoy a variety of music styles (including classical, jazz, folk, and traditional bluegrass gospel). As is typical of many Mennonite congregations, we especially enjoy four-part hymn singing. We also often include one or more contemporary hymns or praise songs, accompanied by guitar or other instruments.

We do have a time during our worship service when visitors are introduced or are invited to introduce themselves. You may choose not to introduce yourself during this time if you prefer. Also during this time, a “friendship pad” will be passed down each pew for all attenders to sign. This helps us keep attendance records, and helps our pastors remember who was present. So the short answer is yes, you can remain anonymous. But don’t be surprised if someone asks you your name or how you came to be here, if they invite you downstairs afterwards for a cup of coffee (yes, we also have Kool-Aid!), or to join them in one of our Sunday School options. We love having visitors. And we love it even more if they decide to make this church their church!

Now we’re coming to the good stuff! To get the long answer, you might want to hang around for a while. Because we tend to see faith as a journey; we as travelers are never at exactly the same place as each other on that journey, nor are we the same ourselves from one year, month, or moment to the next. (At least that is our hope!)

Nevertheless, for most if not all of us, the short answer would be something like this: We believe that we were created in God’s image, for the purpose of living fulfilling lives in relationship with God and with one another. We believe that the world–and we–often fall short of God’s purpose for us. We believe that God is a God of grace, forgiveness, redemption, and restoration. We believe that Jesus Christ, through his life, ministry, death, and resurrection, revealed God’s character and purposes to us. We believe that Christ also offered a means of redemption and restoration to wholeness, in our relationships with God and others. We believe that God’s Spirit, the very Spirit that was at work in Christ, is also at work in and through us. Finally, we believe that the church, and specifically our church, has been given a mission: to be a reflection of God’s love, character, and purpose in the world around us.

We would love to have you join us!

Are my children welcome to sit with me during the worship service? Yes! In fact, we need their presence to help us remember what the kingdom of God is like. Jesus said “Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:13-15). Also, children are the future of the Church, and so it is vital that they experience church as a safe, welcoming place, even as they learn to know God as a God of love, grace, and joy. We strive to plan worship services that invite the participation of children in a variety of ways. We also understand that their attention spans are in process of development, and so we provide children’s bulletins and activity bags. And for children four and under, we do have a staffed nursery.