• 2022 Graduates


    Published: Jan. 6, 2023

    We are so proud of our 2022 high school and college graduates! Click here to read about their accomplishments. Congratulations to all of our graduates! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

  • The Sound of Music Auditions


    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    Auditions: Sunday, January 15, 12:30-5 pm, 1040 Wesley Hall


    • Friday, May 5, 7 pm, 
    • Saturday, May 6, 7 pm, 
    • Sunday, May 7, 2 pm 

    The Sound of Music is open to all ages. Children under 12 must be supervised to be in the show. Child care will be provided for auditions and rehearsals upon request. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Not all cast members will be required to be at all rehearsals. Schedule pending review of conflict sheets. Plenty of opportunities for non-performing participants.

    For more information, or to express interest please contact our Director of Theater Larry Dugan at or at 585-271-1050.

  • Ringers Needed!!


    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    The Asbury Ringers have a few openings for ringers, starting this winter. We are looking for enthusiastic musicians who can read music, are open to learning bell techniques (or know bell technique from previous experiences) and can commit to our rehearsal and playing schedule. Our rehearsals are Wednesday evenings, 7–8:30, and we play (this winter/spring) in February, Easter Sunday, April 9, and in May. If you are interested and can make this commitment, please contact me and we'll have you come visit to see if the choir is a fit for you! Hope to hear from you!

    Elizabeth Church

    Director, Asbury Ringers

    (585) 978-0007 (Text or call)

  • Board Saturday Night


    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    Saturday, January 28, 5 pm, 1040 Fellowship Hall

    Have a favorite game that you want to share with your Asbury friends? You are invited to our family game night Saturday, January 28 at 5 pm in Fellowship Hall. We will have a pizza dinner and have tons of fun playing our favorite games. Contact Paula Dugan for more information at or (585) 271-1050 x111.


  • Annual Church Conference


    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    This year, the Asbury First Annual Church Conference will be held on Sunday, January 29 following the 11 am service. Click here to get up-to-date with the Governance structure and committees in action or read the latest executive summary. For the agenda, annual report, and other conference materials, visit

  • Methodism 101


    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    Wednesdays in January, 6-7 pm, 1040 Wesley Hall

    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 Mike Mullin at or (585) 271-1050 x105.

  • Christmas Eve Dinner


    Published: Dec. 14, 2022

    Saturday, December 24, 5 pm, Fellowship Hall 

    Join us for a special Christmas Eve Turkey Dinner in between the 4 pm and 7 pm services. RSVP by December 21 to Paula Dugan at or call (585) 271-1050 x 111. 


  • Christmas Day Service at Asbury First


    Published: Dec. 14, 2022

    Sunday, December 25, 11 am, 1040 Sanctuary and Livestream (Click here to join the livestream.)


  • Visit the Asbury First Library this Holiday Season


    Published: Dec. 14, 2022

    This is the perfect time of year to visit the Asbury First Library! Come see the beautiful Christmas display and check out some of our holiday books. There are books for all ages!

    Our library collection of 4,000 plus books, DVDs, and videos are available and may be checked out free of charge on an easy, self-serve honor system. Visit to learn about the incredible offerings available.

  • Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute


    Published: Dec. 14, 2022

    We are thrilled to be hosting the Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute (GRPLTI) on our campus from October 2022 through April 2023.

    The GRPLTI is a local organization that seeks to “build bridges and advocacy skills to support parents becoming leading advocates for children.” Through 21 weeks of programming for cohorts of both parents and children, the GRPLTI offers leadership development, education and empowerment that leads to greater community engagement of families at the neighborhood, city, regional and state levels.

    “PLTI differentiates itself by embracing a cross-race, cross-class, and parent-informed, pro-social educational approach.” We see the mission and approach of the GRPLTI as closely aligned with many values of the Methodist movement and are excited to offer our space to be used for this holy work!

    For more information:

  • Christmas Altar Poinsettia Donation


    Published: Dec. 7, 2022

    To make a donation either click here or return a donation form to the church office, attention of Beverly Schuman, no later than December 18. Checks should be payable to Asbury First United Methodist Church Altar Guild. Questions? Call the office at 585-271-1050. 

  • Joy of Christmas Giving


    Published: Dec. 6, 2022

    During the Christmas season, our attention is drawn to the abundance in our lives. As Christian disciples, we believe that abundance should be shared. As we exchange gifts with loved ones at Christmas, let us also consider gifts that we can offer to those who need them most. The Outreach Ministries of Asbury First assist people in accessing: 

    • Food 
    • Housing 
    • Education 
    • Childcare 
    • Healthcare 
    • Clothing 
    • Essential Items 

    To give, please fill out the form online by clicking here, or send a check with “Joy of Christmas Giving” in the memo line to the church office at 1050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. With your help we can continue to support those of need in our community. Thank you for your generosity!


  • Christmas Eve Services


    Published: Dec. 6, 2022

    Saturday, December 24, 12-11 pm, 1040 Sanctuary and Livestream


    12 pm — Traditional service with carols and candlelight 

    4 pm — Family Service with Christmas Pageant

    7 pm — Traditional service with carols and candlelight

    11 pm — Traditional service with carols and candlelight

    The 4 pm and 7pm services will also be live-streamed. Click here to join the live stream.



  • Asbury Orchestra


    Published: Dec. 1, 2022

    Rehearsal: Sunday, December 11, 9:30 am, 1040 Wesley Hall
    Performance: Sunday, December 18, following the service, 1040 Gathering Center

    Asbury Orchestra invites regular and new members to take part in traditional caroling following the service on Sunday, December 18th in the Gathering Center. There will be one rehearsal for this, on Sunday, December 11th from 9:30-10:30 am in Wesley Hall. All instrumentalists are welcome. Only one rehearsal! Play one tune or all of them! This is the perfect opportunity to get your instrument out from under the bed, or to have your child share their developing skills with their church family. For more information, contact Laurie Kennedy, at

  • Madrigalia's Annual Holiday Concert


    Published: Dec. 1, 2022

    Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm, In-person and live-streamed 

    Madrigalia's Annual Holiday Concert will feature the Celtic stylings of fiddler Daphne Pickens with pianist Yi-Wen Chang, and the return of the Bach Children's Chorus. Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff will conduct his own fresh arrangements and joyful songs celebrating Channukah, Christmas, and the winter solstice.   

    Tickets and information can be found at