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.

Virtual Sunday School: Ecumenism and Interfaith 101

Sundays beginning January 16, 9:45 am, Zoom (zoom.us/j/6174865464)

Have you ever wanted to learn more about different faiths and denominations? From Presbyterian to Pastafarian, from Baptist to Buddhist, from Episcopalian to Islam, there are myriad faiths to engage. Each tradition brings its own unique worldview, but they each also share some commonalities with United Methodism. Starting on January 16, all are invited to join us as we focus on a new faith tradition each week. We will meet from 9:45-10:45 am (EST) on Zoom. On our first Sunday, we will take some time to highlight terms like denominations, ecumenism, and interfaith, and make a list of denominations and world religions that we would like to focus on in the subsequent weeks. To join the Zoom you may click the link in red above or dial-in at 1 (929) 205-6099.

 

Parables of Parenting

Sundays returning in September, 9:45 am, Zoom

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.

 

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Sundays starting in September, 9:45 am, (On hiatus due to COVID)

This class is on hiatus due to increasing COVID concerns and is expected to begin again in February. 

In the past we have studied various books of the Bible. When we last met, we were in the midst of a ‘through the Bible walk’. The group will decide whether to resume that or to begin in another direction. In addition to Bible study, the practice of sharing joys and concerns and then spending time in intercessory prayers is a valued part of our morning session. We welcome you to join us. For more information, please contact Rev. David Lubba at dlubba@rochester.rr.com.

 

Non-Sunday Educational Opportunities

 

Disciple Bible Study

Stay tuned for dates and times

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. We will offer both Disciple I Bible Studies and Disciple II (for those who have previously completed Disciple I). Groups will be formed at the end of January, and will begin meeting in February for weekly, one-hour sessions. All of our groups will meet via Zoom this year, meaning that anyone can participate from anywhere in the world. Perhaps, this is the time to invite a friend or family member to come alongside you as you commit to a year of weekly Bible study (NB: we will take a break during the summer). 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.

 

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Tuesdays, 7 pm, Zoom zoom.us/j/87195784797

Was Jesus's most important disciple a woman?  What was the character of the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus? Did Mary Magdalene, among all of Jesus's students and followers, actually "get" what Jesus was teaching more than anyone else? Can a committed, loving relationship be a transformative, spiritual path? And what does the Gospel of Mary Magdalene—manuscript fragments from the 2nd century which first came to light in 1896—reveal about how she understood the teachings of Jesus? 

In the spirit of being open to spiritual transformation you are invited to participate in what will be an energetic, challenging, and provocative exploration of the book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault. 

The group will be facilitated by Rev. Kathy Thiel and Claude Adair and will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm on Zoom starting September 28. Our intention is to provide an opportunity to share, discuss, learn, grow, and transform. Our time together with this book will be much more than a typical book study.

 

Wednesday Morning Study Group

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am, Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468

This fall, our Wednesday morning study group will begin a new book, Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage by Steven Charleston. This group is open to all. Some members have been together for many years, others joined during COVID, and still others come and go as interests and schedules permit. This fall, we are excited to be delving into Ladder to the Light as we continue to search for our own light amidst a continued pandemic. Steven Charleston is a Choctaw elder and an Episcopal priest, and his work promises to both comfort and challenge its readers. Books may be purchased online, or by contacting Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org.

 

Women On Wednesday (WOW)

Wednesdays, 12:15 pm, Zoom, Click here for link

The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything is WOW’s next reading selection. In The Secret Message you’ll find what’s at the center of Brian’s critique of conventional Christianity, and what’s at the heart of his expanding vision. WOW meets via Zoom at 12:15 pm on Wednesdays. 

Women on Wednesday (WOW) meets weekly from September to June to explore books of current and thoughtful interest. All women readers are welcome. There are no Asbury or any other membership requirements. Participants move in and out of the group as schedules and busy lives allow — just bring your curiosity and interest in the world of reading and sharing ideas. 

Check our news blog at asburyfirst.org/news for the most up-to-date information and book choice. For questions or more information, contact Mary Lynn Vickers at mvicker1@rochester.rr.com.

 

Fellowship Opportunities

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

Tuesday Morning Women's Fellowship

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am, Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468

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 Morning 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!

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a long established group at Asbury First. Many shawls have been created and distributed over the years to comfort, encourage, and uplift others. One can be a beginner or an accomplished knitter. All are welcome to come together once a month from 4–5:30 pm to work on our shawls.

Fortunately even during a pandemic, faithful members have continued to make these beautiful symbols of God's love and distribute them to congregants and friends. More information will be coming soon as to our location and startup time this September. We look forward to gathering in person. For more information, contact Meredith Pixley at meredithpixley@gmail.com or call 585-328-8954.

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.