585-458-5765

lakeavebaptistchurchoffice@gmail.com

72 Ambrose Street

Rochester, NY, 14608

LGBTQI Welcoming and Affirming


We are a Welcoming and Affirming Church!!

 

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people

are warmly welcomed at Lake Avenue Baptist Church!

A Baptist Church that welcomes gay and lesbian

people and affirms them as children of God? YES! It

may not fit your stereotype or your past experience,

but it’s true. At Lake Avenue Baptist Church, LGBT

(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people serve

openly as participants in worship, in the choirs, as

members of boards and committees, and as teachers

of children, youth, and adults. They come singly, as

couples, and as families with children. How did we

get here? Read the the LABC statement of inclusivity…

 

Our Statement of Inclusivity

 

Lake Avenue Baptist Church is committed to an inclusive ministry in every way.

 

Lake Avenue Baptist Church, founded as a memorial to peace after the Civil War,

has a long history of working for peace and justice. In the early 1990s, the

congregation began to educate itself on the issue of sexual minorities in our society;

and in May, 1995, adopted a statement which reads in part:

 

Lake Avenue Baptist Church, as a community of God’s people, is called to minister

to all people. Our world is often a place where people feel excluded, and are

oppressed, because of a variety of factors, such as race, ethnic background, sexual

orientation, economic circumstance, and other such categories. Christ, however, calls

us to reconciliation and wholeness. This reconciliation extends to all people.

Therefore, we at Lake Avenue Baptist Church pledge ourselves to be open to and

affirming of all persons. All who affirm Christ in their lives are welcome into the

membership of this community of believers, to share fully in its life, leadership, and

ministry. We rejoice in the worth and dignity of every person as a child of God.

At the same time, Lake Avenue voted to join the Association of Welcoming &                                      (2018 AWAB Pride Service)

Affirming Baptists, a national association of Baptist churches and individuals who

welcome and affirm the full membership and participation of LGBTQ people in the life of the church. As a member of this national organization, Lake Avenue has been a strong advocate for other American Baptist congregations which have been persecuted for their welcoming position.

LABC Welcoming and Affirming Brochure (2019)