The youth program at Asbury First is open to all 6th–12th graders. We are the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF). Our mission is to welcome all youth to celebrate a growing relationship with God and each other, while joyfully serving in the example of Christ. We are built on the foundations of Christianity and we take our United Methodist Church slogan seriously:
We offer 6th–8th grade and 9th–12th grade youth programming on Sunday Nights throughout the school year.
Our schedule is as follows:
|6th–8th||1-2 pm||Fellowship Hall, Gathering Center, Youth Room|
|9th–12th||1-2 pm||Fellowship Hall, Gathering Center, Youth Room|
We traditionally celebrate confirmation with our 8th graders. We spend time throughout the 8th grade year learning more about The United Methodist Church and how it compares and contrasts with other denominations and religions. In May, the youth have the option to decide for themselves whether they wish to be confirmed into The United Methodist Church and to become full members of Asbury First United Methodist Church.
This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for our youth to learn more about their faith and to decide whether this is something that they want to claim for themselves. Whatever they choose, all youth will continue to have a place at Asbury First.
During the pandemic, our confirmation schedule is as follows:
2nd and 4th Sundays of the Month — 5:30–6 pm, Youth Room
Our Youth are encouraged to join in the full life of the church. Many youth participate in worship as acolytes, crucifers, lay readers, sound and video technicians, and more. Some youth also volunteer with child care and children’s Sunday School. We have also offered various Sunday School opportunities for youth including breakfast-making, playing board games, and a guitar and ukulele club.
Open to all LGBTQ+ Youth and Youth Allies, Sundays, 9:45-10:45 am, Youth Room
Psalm 139.14 says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. This has been used to highlight how we are each made in the image of God — and that we are created good! This fall, we encourage all youth — those who are out, those who are questioning, and those who are affirming of their peers —to join us on Sunday mornings as we consider the connections of the LGBTQ+ community and our faith. Questions? Contact Mike Mullin at email@example.com or at 585-271-1050 x105.
|6th–12th||9:45–10:45 am||Youth Room|
|Community Dinner||All||5:30-6 pm||Gathering Center|
|Musical Rehearsal||6th-12th Grade||6-8 pm||Fellowship Hall|
|Vocal Choir||6th-12th Grade||6-6:30 pm||Room 205|
|Bell Choir||6th-12th Grade||6:30-7 pm||Room 205|
As we kick off a new year of Youth Ministry, we are embracing our theme of New Creation. Ministry is foundationally relational, and we have missed out on myriad opportunities to be together over the past year and a half. As we work to build a new creation in our youth programming, we are asking for your help to ensure our success. For the most updated listing of times, please check the events calendar. If you are looking for educational, faith-based fun, then check out the following tentatively scheduled events:
|October TBD, 2022||Youth Corn Maze Outing|
|October 30, 2022||Youth Group Halloween Parties—12-2 pm|
|November 11-13, 2022||Snoopy!!! Youth Musical Performaces|
|December 11, 2022||Youth Caroling—12-2 pm|
|December 18, 2022||Youth Group Chistmas Parties—12-2 pm|
|December 18, 2021||Youth Group Christmas Parties|
|January 8, 2023||Youth Groups and Parent Meeting Spring Kick-Off—12-2 pm|
|January TBD, 2023||SOLID Youth Retreat|
|February 11, 2023||Souper Bowl|
|February 12, 2023||Souper Bowl Fundraiser—9 am-1 pm|
|March 5, 2023||Pie for Pi Fundraiser Prep—9-1 pm|
|March 12, 2023||Pie for Pi Fundraiser—9-1 pm|
|May 21, 2023||Confirmation Sunday|
|June 4, 2023||Youth Sunday|
|June 11, 2023||Youth Seabreeze Day|
|July 2-8, 2023||High School Mission Trip|
|August 7-12, 2023||Middle School Mission Trip|
At least once each month, our youth group partners with a local service agency to learn more about their ministries and to lend a helping hand as we are able. This helps our youth to experience the myriad opportunities that surround us in the Greater Rochester area. Agencies have included The Gandhi Institute, FoodLink, Cameron Community Missions, House of Mercy, and more.
In addition, our 6th–8th grade and 9th–12th grade youth are invited to partake in a week-long service trip each summer.