It doesn't matter where you come from. You're welcome at the Lawrence Wesleyan Church, 900 Madeline Lane.
The Rev. J. Nathan Rovenstine said the relaxed church atmosphere accepts all people, no matter where they are spiritually. The church believes God will be responsible for the changes in people.
``Our church is committed to the body of Christ in Lawrence,'' Rovenstine said. ``We feel strongly about presenting a strong voice for Christ.''
The church bases its work around its mission statement: ``Attracting people to Christ, changing people by Christ and sending people with Christ.''
The youths of the church are a special focus of the congregation's leaders. That's why there are special youth services every Wednesday night. In addition to attracting the church's regular members, the service attracts friends of members and reaches out to other children in the neighborhood. The youth service, led by youth pastor Chris Kirk, combines fun and Bible stories.
The church has an average congregation of 130. It was established in Lawrence in 1936 and moved to its present location in 1959. Rovenstine has been with the church since 1987.
Rovenstine strongly believes in joining forces with other churches.
One of the annual activities is the sunrise Easter service, involving 10-12 churches. Rovenstine said the service demonstrates the unity of the body of Christ.
-- Regina Cassell's phone message number is 832-7189. Her e-mail address is email@example.com.