Youth

Welcome. Celebrate. Serve. All.

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:

Open Hearts 

  • We want all youth to feel loved and accepted in our group regardless of age, gender, race, school district, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

Open Minds

  • We want our youth programming to be a safe place where all youth feel comfortable with sharing what is in their hearts without being judged.

Open Doors

  • We want all youth to know they are welcome—members and non-members alike— to participate in our programming. 

Youth Groups Music for Youth ConfirmationSunday Mornings Service Opportunities Youth Events

Youth Groups

Sundays, 6–7:30 pm

We offer 6th–8th grade and 9th–12th grade youth programming on Sunday Nights throughout the school year. 
During the pandemic, our schedule is as follows:

GRADES TIME LOCATION
6th–8th 6–7:30 pm Fellowship Hall, Gathering Center, Youth Room
9th–12th 6–7:30 pm Fellowship Hall, Gathering Center, Youth Room

 

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Confirmation

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 on Zoom

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Sunday Mornings

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. 

Sunday School

Sundays, 9:45 am

It may be different from the past, but we continue to be open to finding ways for our youth to engage in a worship experience. Our plan for this year is to use our Sunday morning gathering time to prepare for youth teach-ins for the congregation. This could include everything from providing a youthful understanding and expertise on pronoun usage to navigating social media, etc. 

GRADES TIME LOCATION
6th–12th 9:45–10:45 am Youth Room

 

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Fun, Faithful, Youth Events

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:

DATE ACTIVITY
September 12, 2021 Together In Ministry Sunday — We are excited to kick off the fall with in-person Sunday School and Youth Groups!
October 3, 2021 Amazing Maize Maze — 2–5 pm, Longacre Farms (Cost: $15)
October 24, 2021 Youth Group Halloween Parties — Come in costume and win prizes!
October 31, 2021 No Youth Group (Halloween)
November 7, 2021 Musical Tech Week Begins; Flower City Amusements — 6–8 pm (for those not involved in the musical.)
November 14, 2021 No Youth Group (Youth Musical)
December 12, 2021 Christmas Caroling
December 19, 2021 Youth Group Christmas Parties
January 9, 2022 Mission Trip and Spring Youth/Parent Meeting
January 28–30, 2022 SOLID Youth Retreat — Camp Casowasco (Cost: $100)
February 13, 2022 Souper Bowl Sunday
March 13, 2022 Pie for Pi Sunday
April 17, 2022 No Youth Group (Easter Sunday)
May 8, 2022 No Youth Group (Mother's Day)
May 29, 2022 No Youth Group (Memorial Day)
June 5, 2022 Youth Sunday
June 12, 2022 Final Youth Group Parties
July 3–9, 2022 8th–12th Grade Mission Trip — Location to be announced
August 6–7, 2022 Park Ave Festival Parking
August 8–13 5th–8th Grad Mission Trip — Help with VBS and Weekend Overnight

Service Opportunities

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.

Service Trip

In addition, our 6th–8th grade and 9th–12th grade youth are invited to partake in a week-long service trip each summer. 

  • 6th-8th graders begin their week in August by volunteering with our VBS program in the morning and local agencies in the afternoon, before embarking on an overnight to culminate the week.
  • 9th–12th graders spend a week in early July partnering with an agency around the country and the globe focusing on construction and/or immersive experiences. Partners have included Appalachia Service Project, Reach Beyond Missions, and Project Chacocente
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For more information about our youth programs, classes, or service opportunities, please contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org or by calling 585-271-1050 x105.