Welcome to Maxwell Street

DIVERSITY   •   INCLUSION   •   MISSION

Maxwell Street Presbyterian was created for the purpose of reaching out to the world, in particular to the relatively young University of Kentucky. Over the past 125 years, our mission has grown and we want you to be a part of it. We transport thousands of pounds of food to Owsley County, one of our country’s poorest counties, every month. We were among the first congregations to take action to fully include LGBTQ individuals in the life and leadership of our faith community, and to advocate for equality. We have a long tradition reflected not only in our historic building and sanctuary, but in the beautiful stories of countless people’s lives we’ve reached.  


You Belong

People seek a community of faith for many reasons. Here you can find a space to recharge, but also a place to give back to God and community your energy, imagination, and love. Our worship services – the time we set aside to draw closer to God and one another – frequently touch on current events, involve all generations of people in leadership, and have a spirit of winsomeness about them. Here you will find people who are passionate about all of God’s creation – about finding solutions to some of society’s most vexing challenges, keep serving those who are the least among us, and about the gift of the arts and music among many other things.  


Servant Leadership

Our staff at Maxwell Street are not only wonderfully talented, but deeply faithful. They understand that the church is called to be a community of faith, hope, and love, and that we witness to God’s love through our service together. The work of our staff extends far beyond Matt’s sermons on Sunday! We share God’s love by doing science experiments with our children in Sunday school, by singing or playing heart-rending solos in worship, by mentoring our young people to be the now of the church, and by seeking ways that we can help support, if not transform, people’s lives. 


We are a MORE LIGHT CHURCH

The Session of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church voted unanimously to join with other Presbyterian Churches to work for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in our church. Toward that end, the congregation has been fully inclusive in the election of church officers and has elected LGBTQ people each year for the past 10 years. The church has also worked with many agencies in the city to help and support the LGBTQ community, including work with AVOL (Aids Volunteers of Lexington) and the annual Pride Festival (by sponsoring a booth at the event).  The Session has also instructed that every committee in the church will have as part of its responsibility, the work toward inclusion in the entire life of the church.

LEARN MORE AT: www.mlp.org


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I meet more Maxwell Street members?

Visitors are welcome at all of Maxwell Street’s fellowship activities. Please join us for punch after each service in the parlor at the rear of the sanctuary. We also offer Wednesday evening dinner, classes and choirs starting at 5:45pm. Read more about that here: http://www.maxpres.org/church-family-night-wednesday-evenings/

Where can I park?

Parking during the week is always available in the church’s main parking lot. For Sunday mornings and special occasions, there are additional areas that can be used. Please visit the Parking at Maxwell Street section under the About column.

What music programs are available?

Our music program is led by Dr. Ted Gentry and Elizabeth Wilson, with voice and handbell choirs available for ages three through adult. As a part of the children’s program Orff, handchime and hymn study are offered in addition to vocal training. The music ministry is also committed to mainstreaming children with learning disabilities into the choir programs.

Is there a campus ministry group?

We are a progressive college group called UKirk Lexington for students at UK, Transy, and BCTC that meets in Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, right off of UK’s campus. We hope that you will feel welcome with us, that together we will grow in love for God, others, and ourselves, and that we can have fun and serve others while doing it. Join us Tuesdays during the school year for dinner at 7:30 and discussion at 8:00, find us on Facebook, and reach out to Rachel, our campus minister and the Associate at Maxwell Street, at rachel@maxpres.org with any questions or to meet up for coffee. 

What programs are available for youth?

Maxwell Street has a dynamic and engaged Youth Group led by Associate Pastor, Rachel VanKirk Mathews. Our Youth hang out together, do service projects locally as well as globally, and learn about what it means to be a child of God. For more information, check out our page on the website, contact the church at 255-1074 or kate@maxpres.org.

Where do I take my children for childcare or after the children’s greeting?

During the summer, Nursery and childcare are available Sunday mornings from 9:15–11:45 in the designated Children’s Area (ground floor). At the 10:30am service, children of all ages are encouraged to attend church with their parents. Following the Children’s Time in worship, children 3 yrs—2nd grade may go to the Children’s Area, where they will be divided according to age for a Bible story and Fun Time.

What kind of Sunday School and Christian education does Maxwell Street offer?

Maxwell Street offers a diverse and multifaceted Educational Ministry program for its members and visitors, young and old. Sunday School morning classes for adults and children are offered year-round. A directory of Sunday School rooms is posted next to the elevator in the education building.

How do I find out more about joining this congregation?

Look under the “about” column, and you will find “Membership at MSPC.” That will give you more information, but please feel free to contact Matt Falco who will be glad to visit with you on the phone or in person.