Adults

None of us should face the trials and tribulations of life alone and no matter our age, we should never stop learning. Fortunately, we have many opportunities for fellowship and growth at Asbury First.

While worship is the centerpiece of our life together, we experience community in many other ways as well. Click the links below for different opportunities to join us on this journey, or contact Mike Mullin, our Minister for Youth and Discipleship, at mmullin@asburyfirst.org to learn more. We hope that you find a place to connect at Asbury First!

Volunteer Educational Fellowship Events

Educational Opportunities

Sunday School Classes

Our Sunday School classes will return in Septmeber.

As the Spirit Moves Us

Sundays, Beginning September 11, 9:45-10:45 am, 1050 Teak Room

For years, Asbury First has been blessed with a Sunday morning study led by The Rev. David Lubba. While Rev. Lubba is taking a step back from this leadership role, this historic class will continue to meet on Sunday mornings with the name, “As the Spirit Moves Us.” In that spirit, we welcome new faces and friends as we gather together to share our joys and concerns and decide what to study this coming year. All ideas will be considered, and we look forward to having you join us on Sunday mornings! Questions? Contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050 x105.

 

Called to Community

Sundays, September 11-October 16, 9:45 am, Fellowship Hall

Join Rev. Rachel Ann Dupont for a conversation over six weeks about the role of the church in community. Guided by theological and pastoral minds like Walter Brueggemann, Richard Rohr, and Rachel Held Evans, we'll engage in a reflective discussion about the past, present, and future of our community. No additional preparation is necessary — we'll watch a brief video and be led in discussion as we reflect on our own experiences and context. Bring yourself as you are, with an open mind, an open heart, (and maybe a friend or two). For more information, contact Rev. Rachel Ann Dupont at rdupont@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050 x113.

 

When Kids Ask Hard Questions

Sundays, Starting September 18, 9:45-10:45, Room 204

What are some of the hard questions your kids have asked? “Are they a boy or a girl?” “Why am I nervous all the time?” “Are we brothers?” “Why is our peace broken?” This group is intended for parents of kids from birth through age 10, but is open to parents of all ages. We will be part support group, part commiseration and celebration circle, and part constructive collaborators. We will gather each week with a particular topic to focus our conversation. There will be brief readings available for those that are interested in some background, but they are not required for participation. Just as we have the opportunity to learn from the experts, we also have the opportunity to learn from the vast experiences of one another. We look forward to grappling with these questions in community, and living out what it means to be the church while raising a family. Questions? Contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050 x105.

 

Parables of Parenting

Sundays returning in September, 9:45 am, Room 203

As we return to school and our lives get hectic again we invite you to take a break and join with other parents for our Parables of Parenting Sunday School Class at 9:45 am Sunday mornings. All are welcome. For more information please contact Seth Stinehour at sjstinehour@yahoo.com.

 

Non-Sunday Educational Opportunities

 

Methodism 101

Wednesdays November 9, 16, 30 and December 7, 14, 6-7 pm, In-Person Location TBD

What’s up with the name “Methodist?” Why do our ministers move around so much? Why do we use grape juice during communion? Whether you’ve been a United Methodist all of your life, or have just heard of us, this class is for you! The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady will lead this four-week discussion about the history, structure, beliefs, and challenges of The United Methodist Church. For more information, contact the church office at 585-271-1050.

Disciple II Bible Studies Returns for the Fall

Tuesdays, 2:30–3:30 pm, Zoom (zoom.us/j/6174865464 PW Disciple)

Fridays, 10–11 am, Zoom (zoom.us/j/6174865464 PW Disciple)

Have you ever wondered what the Bible really says—and if it truly has any meaning for us in modern times? If so, then you’re not alone. Most Christians have never really read the Bible, and many wonder if its antiquated teachings truly transcend time. If you would like to grapple with these questions, then you are encouraged to sign up for a Disciple Bible Study.

On Tuesdays, the Disciple II class will continue its journey through Exodus this fall as it prepares to transition to the New Testament books of Luke and Acts. On Friday mornings, the Disciple II class will be focusing in on the books of Luke and Acts.

Please contact Mike Mullin, mmullin@asburyfirst.org, with any questions, and use this link to sign-up for a Disciple Bible Study!

Lectio Divina

Tuesdays, 8:30 am, Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468

Lectio Divina is a contemplative practice on reading scripture. A passage of scripture is read, then there is silent meditation, then the passage is read again, then more silence, and then discussion. The silence is an opportunity to reflect upon what you experienced in the scripture. This half hour opens and closes with prayer. All are welcome. For more information please contact Rev. Kathy Thiel at kthiel@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050 x106.

 

Embodied Spirituality

Tuesdays, Beginning September 27, 7 pm, Zoom zoom.us/j/8347173468

Come explore the topic of embodied spirituality starting Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm via Zoom. As a platform and launching pad for our discussions we'll be reading the bestselling book by Bessel Van Der Kolk M.D. The Body Keeps the Score — Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. In addition to this book, each week we'll bring in additional resources (articles, videos, etc.) and learn about embodied spiritual practices to help us integrate the spiritual with the physical and progress on the journey from our heads to our hearts.

Have you ever noticed in the famous text from the Gospel of John — "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God ... And the Word became Flesh." — it does not allude to the Spirit/Word 'entering' the body? Rather, the Word 'became' flesh. How might this mysterious 'becoming,' this transmutation of Spirit, impact how we think about our bodies, experience our bodies, 'know' in our bodies?What can the body teach us about healing and becoming a complete human being made in the image of God?

Come and make new friends, open up to new insights, and experience the love and support of people on a common path of healing and growth. For more information, contact the Rev. Kathy Thiel at kthiel@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050 x106.

 

The Soul of America

Wednesdays, Starting September 14, 
10–11:30 am, Butler's Pantry and Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468

Asbury First’s Wednesday morning study group has chosen a number of good reads for the coming year. We will begin in September with The Soul of America. As we prepare for mid-term elections, we will learn from the divisions of our past to find paths of hope and healing in our present. Questions? Contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050 x105.

 

Women On Wednesday (WOW) embraces Hope on September 28

Wednesdays, Starting September 28, 12:15 pm, Zoom (zoom.us/j/8347173468 PW 200) and Room 203 (2nd Floor, Education Wing, 1040)

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams is WOW’s next reading journey. Published in October 2021, it is timely and reassuring. In a world that seems so troubled, how do we hold on to Hope? Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope” including the Resilience of Nature and the Power of Young People.

Women on Wednesday (WOW) is an ever-changing group of readers that meets weekly from September to June to explore books of current and thoughtful interest. All women readers are welcome. There are no Asbury First or any other membership requirements — just bring your curiosity and interest in the world of reading and sharing ideas.

For questions or more information contact Mary Lynn Vickers at mvicker1@rochester.rr.com.

 

Heresy & Me: A History of Heresy and Its Impact on Our Faith

Wednesdays, September 7-28, 6-7 pm, Room 204

We are welcoming back our Wednesday evening meals and programming with a September dive into historic heresies of the church and their continued impact on our life and faith today. Join Mike Mullin and Dr. Jeff Brubaker on a four-week pilgrimage as we seek to better understand the lives and teachings of those considered heretical throughout Christian history. Questions? Contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050 x105.

 

Disciple Bible Study

Disciple II Bible Studies:

Have you ever wondered what the Bible really says—and if it truly has any meaning for us in modern times? If so, then you’re not alone. Most Christians have never really read the Bible, and many wonder if its antiquated teachings truly transcend time. If you would like to grapple with these questions, then you are encouraged to sign up for a Disciple Bible Study. 

On Tuesdays, the Disciple II class will continue it's journey through Exodus this fall as it prepars to transition to the New Testament books of Luke and Acts. On Friday mornings, the Disciple II class will be focusing in on the books of Luke and Acts.

Please contact Mike Mullin, mmullin@asburyfirst.org, with any questions, and use this link to sign-up for a Disciple Bible Study!

 

Four Hundred Souls Discussion

Returns Wednesday, September 28, 5 pm, Zoom

Join us for an ongoing discussion of this year’s church-wide read, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 on the 4th Wednesday each month from 5-6 pm. We will be meeting over Zoom to make sure as many people as would like have access to the conversation. You don’t have to have read the entire book to come, and can join at any time. All are welcome!

 

Fellowship Opportunities

Tuesday Women's Fellowship

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am, Zoom (zoom.us/j/8347173468 PW 200)

Looking for a way to stay connected to your Asbury First friends during the week? Want to meet new Asbury First friends? All women, all ages, are welcome to join the Tuesday Women's Fellowship via Zoom, 9:30–10:30 am each week. Bring your coffee or tea, and perhaps a treat, zoom in and enjoy an hour of devotion, sharing, and connection. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Church, coordinator, at emchurch418@gmail.com. Hope to see you soon!

 

Men's Devotional Group

Wednesdays, 7 am, Zoom (zoom.us/j/8347173468 PW 200

Men of all ages are welcome to join us on Wednesday mornings via Zoom as we discuss topics of faith, life, and more. Each week, a different member of the group leads us in a devotion for our time together. These can be instructional, reflective, conversational, etc. This is a wonderful group to make and build connections, and we hope that you will drop in to join us!

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, August 24, 3–4:30 pm, Library

A prayer shawl is a simple shawl or a lap blanket knitted by members of our group. It is symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. The knitting itself is very simple and we have “experts” on hand to help you if you are a beginner. The group meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday. Clergy and lay members of our church identify those who may benefit from our ministry and a shawl, and they're delivered by ministers or congregation members. Questions? Contact Meredith Pixley at meredithpixley@gmail.com.

 

Carvers of Hope

Wednesdays, 6:30–8 pm, 1050 Porch

Carvers of Hope is a wood carving ministry that helps people who find themselves in the very difficult places of life. Its members carve handmade crosses as a reminder of the hope Jesus brought to us through the cross. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact John Smalt at jhsmalt@gmail.com.

 

The Discipleship Project

Asbury First has a long history of thriving small group ministry. We believe that small groups are a great way to connect with others, and to grow deeper in our faith. 

The Discipleship Project at Asbury is an initiative to strengthen our connection with God and with each other through a growing number of small groups focused on Discipleship. These groups are called Classes after the original small group of our faith tradition.

Learn More about the Discipleship Project

For more information about any of our adult classes or fellowship opportunities, please contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org or by calling 585-271-1050 x105.