We are a church of historic Christian faith in the reformed tradition, with a focus on missionary and evangelical work. We are blessed to be bound together as family through our ties of faith, as well as through our work as the hands and feet of our Lord’s body- the universal church. Our church home is yours as well. Join us for worship, and you will find yourself warmly and graciously welcomed into our church family! Please explore below to learn more about us and when we meet, so you can plan to visit soon! Visit our contact us page if you have any questions we can assist with in advance of your visit.

We are a small church with a huge heart. You will be welcomed with open arms, handshakes, and maybe some hugs. A greeter will have a bulletin for you and will try to answer any questions you have. We arrive each Sunday excited to see one another, delighted to praise our Savior together, and to rejoice as we feel His presence among us.

We have accessible parking and a ramp into the church from the paved parking lot behind the church. The ramp enters from the paved parking lot into the lower level of our church fellowship hall, where a lift is available to the sanctuary on the upper level.

Join us anytime!

We are a causal family here at Maupin and you will find dress clothes to jeans on Sundays.  Our community events are casual as well – VBS, yard sale, dinners, seminars, etc.

We have a traditional service with liturgy (order of worship as listed on a bulletin) and hymns. Our focus is on God, His Word, and glorifying Him as our Father and our Hope.

Our Nursery is available for children age 4 and under in the Fellowship Hall downstairs. For those K – 6th grade, Children’s Church is offered beginning in the sanctuary with a children’s presentation before being adjourned to their classroom downstairs. There they will continue learning about God in a safe and fun atmosphere with their teachers. We do offer snacks to the kids so let us know ahead of time of any allergies.

Maupin Avenue celebrates Communion on the first Sunday of each month, with the exception of the month of Easter where Communion takes place on the Maundy Thursday Evening of Holy Week. We also celebrate Communion at our Christmas Eve Carols & Lessons Candlelight Communion Service.                                                                                                                 

We offer 2 adult Sunday School classes at 9:45am each Sunday morning.  Children’s Sunday School is also offered in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45am for the K-6th grade student.

The Malcolm Green Sunday School Class

My name is Mitch Lesslie and as lead teacher I would like to invite you to our Sunday School Class that is open to both adults and adolescents.

The Malcolm Green Sunday School Class meets in the church office. This class started in 2010 as a high school Sunday School class. As we all know, teenagers like their sleep, so attendance was low. I confided in Deacon Malcom Green about my frustration with the low attendance. He asked if he could start attending and I gladly welcomed him to the class. 

Thus, was born a high school Sunday School Class that on most Sundays consisted of Malcom hovering around 80 years old and me, hovering around 50. But you know what, we did not mind at all. In fact, God blessed us both with the friendship that formed between us. We thought it funny to imagine what our high schoolers thought about his attendance when they did come to class, and especially so if they brought a friend with them. Malcom is with the LORD now, but his memory lives on in the formation of this Sunday School Class.

Our material for class is the ARP (Associate Reformed Presbyterian) Quarterly, a Biblical publication authored by Ian Duguid. Discussion is encouraged as we grow in grace and learn how God’s Word applies to our lives today.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Friendship Sunday School Class

Ken Rufty leads the Friendship Sunday School Class that meets upstairs in the class behind the sanctuary.

Material for this class is the David C Cook Comprehensive Bible Study series, which features various lesson writers on a quarterly basis. The weekly lessons leverage the Natural Learning Cycle, which includes four components: Life Connection, Bible Exploration, Bible Interaction, and Life Response. Each week’s lesson connects to and builds on the previous week’s lesson.

Children’s Sunday School Class

We have several caring volunteers who rotate leading our Children’s Sunday School class. The curriculum of this class is best suited for children who are in kindergarten through 6th grade. The classroom is located at the back of the church fellowship hall, which is on the lower level of the church. We also have a nursery available during the worship hour.

“Maupin” had its beginning during the early days of the historic Fulton Heights Neighborhood.

The dream of a few officially began on the Sabbath of February 21, 1926 at 11:00AM.  The Rev. J. H. Pressley acting on behalf of First Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod presided as chairman of the appointed commission of First Presbytery to effect the organization of the mission, First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Salisbury.  At this first public worship service 21 persons stepped forward to be received as charter members. 

Rev. EG Carson, Rev. JC Reid, and Rev. MR Gibson supplied the church until church planter, Rev. JR Love came on June 1, 1927.  Pastor Love in February of 1928 oversaw the building of a neat white frame building with an adequate auditorium and four class rooms for worship.  Membership at this time had grown from the original 21 to 77 members.

In 1937 Rev. JN Lesslie was called to the mission pastor of Maupin. It was his last of five calls during his ministry. Under his leadership and due to the faithfulness of members that had continued to grow to 103, on August 9th of 1939 construction begun on the present church building at a finished cost of $15,000.

On March 10, 1946 the congregation petitioned First Presbytery to move from mission status to become a self-supporting church and was officially organized as such.  The congregation then extended its first call to Rev. Lesslie and he was installed as pastor on May 22, 1946.

On September of 1954, an open letter to the congregation of the First A R P Church of Salisbury was received from it’s officers stating “that for good and sufficient reasons” the name of the church would be changed to read “Maupin Avenue ARP Church.” 

In 1979 the John Hanford Family graciously deeded the next-door property of 1322 S Fulton St to our church.  The church refurbished it and began using it for classroom and meeting space.  In 1983 it became used “at no expense” as an adult day care facility by the Service for Older Adults of Rowan County, known as the “SOAR House.” 

In 1994 under the same arrangement, the Lutheran Services for the Aging began using the residence as the “Abundant Living Adult Day Care.”  Today it is utilized by the United Way agency, Rowan Youth Services in the same capacity. It has been “Maupin’s” privilege and pleasure to serve our community in this capacity over these many years. 

In 2005 the fellowship hall downstairs enjoyed a complete renovation, making possible Wednesday evening Bible Studies served up with great dinners and fellowship. In a period of years from approximately 2016 until 2021 the upstairs of the church was completely wrapped in stain glass windows. And in 2022 the upstairs sanctuary, classrooms and choir loft including sound/audio system underwent complete renovation. 

Back in May of 2006 we stopped to take a moment to look back and celebrate our 80th anniversary.  Right around the corner, in February of 2026 we will be able to look back on the blessing of 100 years of Gospel Ministry at Maupin. When we do, we will be both grateful and thankful for all who came before and sacrificed so much.  And as we go into the future ministry together, we endeavor to actively serve in the present as we look forward to many more years of Worship, Fellowship, Ministry and Service together with our Salisbury/Rowan community, where our heritage runs deep and our future will be told.    

We invite you to come and join the celebration of worship at Maupin.