Published: March 29, 2024


    9 am — 12 pm

    Children ages 4 through 5th grade, join us August 5 through 8 for Olympic-sized fun at VBS Olympic Teamwork Camp! We will meet each morning from 9 am til noon to learn about teamwork, play Olympic-themed games, and explore what the Bible has to say about working together. 


    If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to Paula Dugan, Director of Children’s Ministry at

  • Oliver! Reserve your tickets now!


    Published: March 29, 2024

    May 3 and 4 at 7pm | May 5 at 2 pm

    $15 general admission | $10 for students

    In May, witness the magic of Lionel Bart's timeless musical masterpiece, Oliver! Embark on a captivating journey with the lovable orphan Oliver Twist as he navigates the gritty streets of Victorian London. Filled with unforgettable characters, stirring melodies, and poignant storytelling, Oliver promises an immersive experience for the whole family. From the iconic "Consider Yourself" to the heart-wrenching "As Long as He Needs Me," the musical numbers will transport you to a world of Dickensian charm and musical brilliance. Visit to buy your tickets today!


  • COC one year later...


    Published: March 29, 2024

    Easter 2024 marks the one year anniversary of our Community Outreach Center being fully open to our community. In that time we've provided more than 9,000 meals, 1,000 bags of groceries, 5,000 individuals with clothing and household goods, 300 clinic appointments, 300 loads of laundry, 700 showers, 150 haircuts, and 150 bicycles serviced. In addition to this physical impact, there have been countless hours of less measurable ministry: conversations held, relationships deepened, burdens shared, prayers offered together.

    As we look forward to the rest of 2024 and beyond, let us celebrate all that we have accomplished!

  • Volunteer with the Community Garden!


    Published: March 29, 2024

    Asbury Community Garden is in need of new volunteers! Whether you’d like to put in a single afternoon of service or join us for the entire season, we could use your help. Gardening expertise is welcome, but not required. This year, we're expanding the garden by adding four raised beds, to be constructed in April or May, and putting down cardboard and mulch around the beds once they're constructed. Planting will begin in May and from then until October we’ll need help with watering. Harvesting begins in June. Most volunteers work on a team that serves every few weeks to water, weed, and harvest. Let us know if you’re willing to help just one time or all season by reaching out to Diana Carter at or by calling (585) 732-7224

  • Women of the Well


    Published: March 29, 2024

    The Women of the Well will be presenting a program on the lives of Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, Maura Clarke, and Jean Donovan, four US church women who were assaulted and killed in El Salvador in 1980. By attending this presentation and hearing the stories of Ita, Dorothy, Maura, and Jean, you will be helping to continue to promote the cause of peace, the hope for a world of non-violence, and the compassionate pursuit of justice for all who live in this world.

    Please join us on Friday, April 12 at 7pm in the Sanctuary of Asbury First UMC at 1050 East Ave. A time of discussion will follow. A free-will donation is encouraged; all proceeds will go to the Women of the Well.  


  • Just 2 Hours per Month!


    Published: March 25, 2024

    Would you consider volunteering just 2 HOURS per month to the odds-n-ends work of Asbury First? For example, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays we have need for help with event and meeting set-up, cleaning, and other minor projects. If you're looking to spend a little extra time working alongside other Asbury folks, please contact us at

    note: Thank You to those who shared suggestions like these during our Annual Church Conference in January. We are truly better together! 

  • Asbury construction days with Habitat for Humanity


    Published: March 25, 2024

    On Saturday, May 4 and Friday, May 17 we will be doing home construction at a Habitat site off of Culver Road in Rochester. If you are interested in working on one of these days or would like more information, email Dave Kennedy at and type "I want to work" in the subject line. Dave will send you information including the URL and password to register online directly with Flower City Habitat for Humanity. Everyone 16 and older is eligible to volunteer. Each session runs from 8:45 am to 4 pm. No experience or tools are necessary.

    Just bring your enthusiasm for construction of affordable housing for our neighbors!

  • Pastoral Search Update


    Published: March 25, 2024

    From Jim Quinn, Governing Board Chair and Beth Wilkens, PPRC Chair:

    Many of you are understandably eager for news about the search for our new senior pastor. We continue to be in regular communication with the Bishop and District Superintendent. It is clear to us that they have been actively pursuing the search process which includes many possible candidates from around the country, some of whom were referred through us. We are reassured that the Bishop and District Superintendent understand Asbury First and our needs. They remain as committed as we are to finding the right person for us. We will continue to report to you as we move toward the next chapter for our Church.

  • Locksmith Wanted


    Published: March 18, 2024

    Infrequent needs for rekeying or repairing interior locks on campus. Contact us if you are able to share your talents!

    David Strong at

  • Spelman College Glee Club in Concert tickets are on sale NOW!


    Published: March 13, 2024

    An Evening with the internationally acclaimed Spelman College Glee Club 

    Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm, Asbury First, Sanctuary

    $25 (adults), $10 (students)

    Now celebrating its 99th season, this historic Spelman College Glee Club has a reputation for choral excellence.

    Tickets will be available at a table in the Welcome Hall after worship, or by calling Bill Davis at (585) 266-4500.

    CLICK HERE to buy your ticket today!

  • Asbury Orchestra Needs You!


    Published: March 13, 2024

    Join the Asbury orchestra as we prepare to play in 
the April 21st worship service. All band and orchestra instrumentalists are welcome. At least two years of playing experience is recommended. Rehearsals started today, March 17, but feel free to join us on the following dates:

    March 24 9:30-10:30 am
    April 7 9:30-10:30 am, Wesley Hall
    April 14 9:30-10:30 am, Wesley Hall
    April 21: Play in the service, Gather at 10 am in the sanctuary to rehearse.

    Contact Laurie Kennedy with any questions at

  • Lectio Divina


    Published: March 13, 2024

    Lectio Divina is a method of reading scripture that invites us to deepen into the words we hear and use our imagination to take us to the time of the scripture. A scripture is read, and then two minutes of silence is observed, the scripture is read again, and silence is observed, and then a time of sharing takes place. Sharing includes anything one feels moved to share about how the scripture and ensuing silence has touched them in this moment. During Holy Week, we will be offering Lectio Divina via Zoom Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 9 am. Please join us for all five days or just one day. All are welcome.

    Contact Kathy Thiel with any questions by calling (585) 271-1050 x106

  • Camp Sunday!


    Published: March 13, 2024

    This Sunday, March 17, Asbury First is excited to welcome representatives from Camp Casowasco. Camp Casowasco is where many of our children and youth attend summer camps, and where youth and adults attend retreats throughout the year. In addition to having a table with information—including summer camp programming—Camp Casowasco will be leading the following opportunities on Sunday morning:

    9:45-10:45 - Young at age and young at heart collectively are invited to join us in Fellowship Hall to meet our Casowasco guests. After brief introductions: Chris Cockram will lead our Adult Sunday school to share about the history, current programming, and future visions of Casowasco; Adam Parish will invite children and youth to the youth room to lead some fun camp songs and games.

    11:00-12:00 - Adam and Chris will join Paula Dugan for Children’s Time, and then will join the kids for Sunday school

    12:30-2:00 - Adam and Chris will stick around for youth group to lead some more games, a devotion, and introduce the theme for camp this summer.

  • Community Outreach Center Social Worker Stepping Down


    Published: March 8, 2024

    Robin Manley, our Community Outreach Center Social Worker, will be leaving her position at Asbury First in order to begin a new position.

    Robin will continue to serve our Rochester community as she transitions to offering counseling and therapy services in her new role.
    We congratulate and are excited for Robin! Her departure is also, of course, a huge loss for Asbury First. Robin has made immeasurable contributions to the mission and work of the Community Outreach Center.

    On Robin’s last day, March 15, we will be celebrating her work during our regularly scheduled breakfast in the COC, 7 - 9 am. Please join us to thank her for her deep investment in our church, ministries and community — and to wish her well!

  • Holy Week Services 2024


    Published: March 8, 2024

    We invite you during this Holy Week to join us for these livestream and in-person worship experiences! 

    Join us for some much-beloved services, such as a re-enactment of Christ's last night and Envisioning the Passion, along with a special Easter Sunday Sunrise Service in the Asbury First Community Garden.

    Palm Sunday | Sunday, March 24

    • 9 am* SERVICE — Traditional service celebrating Palm Sunday
    • 11 am* SERVICE LS — Traditional service celebrating Palm Sunday 


    Maundy Thursday | Thursday, March 28

    • 7 pm* — Silent meditation
    • 7:30 pm* SERVICE LS — Worship begins with communion and a candlelight re-enactment of Christ's last night, ending with the placement of the cross on the East Avenue lawn by our Christ-figure.


    Good Friday | Friday, March 29

    • 12 pm* SERVICE LS Envisioning the Passion — Holy Week- themed art and choral music. 
    • 5–7 pm Good Friday Family Night — A come-when- you-wish child-friendly event.


    Easter Sunday | Sunday, March 31

    • 8 am SERVICE in the Community Garden 
    • 9 am* SERVICE — Traditional service celebrating Easter Sunday
    • 11 am* SERVICE LS — Traditional service celebrating Easter Sunday


    *Childcare is available at these services

    LS services will be livestreamed