Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there any possibility that my group can be accommodated at the 10:00AM Worship Service?

We can accommodate tourists at the 10:00AM Worship Service.

Is there a Dress Code?

Yes. Worship is sacred. Tourists wearing tank tops, flip-flops, shorts or leggings will not be allowed to enter the Abyssinian Sanctuary. Women and men are required to cover their shoulders upon entering the church.

Can tourist groups of less than ten (10) people request Reserved Group Seating?

No. Only school/church groups and/or family reunions of ten (10) or more may request Reserved Group Seating. Proof of your affiliation will be requested.

What if my group of ten (10) or more does not request Reserved Group Seating two weeks in advance?

Your group is welcome to proceed to the “Tourist Entry Point” located on the Southeast corner of West 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. for entry into the Abyssinian Baptist Church. Admittance and group seating is not guaranteed.

How long does the 10:00AM Worship Service last?

Tourists should plan to be in worship for approximately 2 ½ hours. Once seated in the Sanctuary, tourists are expected to remain until worship has concluded.

Are photos and audio/video recordings allowed?

No. Worship is sacred in the Abyssinian community. Photos and audio/video recordings are not permitted in the Sanctuary. However, CDs of sermons can be purchased in the Abyssinian bookstore.

Can I bring a backpack into the Worship Service?

No. Backpacks are not permitted inside the Abyssinian Sanctuary. Unfortunately, we cannot provide baggage-check services.

What if I have additional questions or concerns?

Contact Abyssinian at 212-862-7474 ext. 216 or