Children and Youth
Children and Youth
Children and Youth
What we do for and with kids is one of the most important things we do as a church.
Our guidance begins at childhood and shines brightly as our children and youth grow. Asbury United Methodist Church takes an active role in the lives of our children/youth, just as the lives of our children should take an active role in the church. It’s all about helping them build strong relationships with God and with one another.
Time With Our Young Disciples
Children are included every Sunday within the Worship Service. “Time With Our Young Disciples” is an important part of every service. It’s fun to see and laugh with every amazing child. Their joy and their eagerness to learn is a contagious blessing.
Singing a joyful noise to the Lord is where it’s at! Music for children, whether it be singing or playing an instrument, is part of the wonderful Musical Ministry at Asbury. Please see Music Ministries for more specific information on what is readily available to kids at Asbury UM Church.
Contact Michelle Rudd, Director: 315-777-6174
The acolyte, a child approximately 6-12 years old, lights the candles at the beginning of the Main Worship Service and puts out the candles at the end of the service. Children are trained to participate in acolyte duties. Children learn that the light is carried into the worship service as a symbol of Jesus coming into the presence of our worshipping community. At the end, the light is carried out into the world to show that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere.
Our certified nursery staff engages with your children in a safe, age-appropriate way. We will play with them, feed them, read to them, and change them if needed.
When you come on Sunday morning, the nursery is located in the Sunday School room. An usher will be happy to show you the way. You will sign in and quickly complete paperwork.
The nursery is open and ready for you starting at 9:30 am.
In the Summer, nursery care is for infants – Age 5.
Asbury currently offers 2 classes – an age 3 to grade 2 class and a grade 3 to grade 6 class. Classes typically start around 10:30 A.M. following the “Time With Our Young Disciples” part of the Main Worship Service. Classes are generally held downstairs in Wesley Hall. Classes start in September and end in June. Typically, there are no classes the first Sunday of the month as these Sundays are reserved for family worship and to partake in Communion. Also, typically there are no classes on school break weeks i.e. Christmas/New Year’s, Easter, etc.
To teach the Bible stories and to instill that Jesus and God loves them, classes often include crafts and games. At Christmas, the children/youth assist in putting on a Christmas pageant. On Palm Sunday, we do a lesson about Holy Week and end with an Easter egg hunt. In June, the kids lead a service – this includes taking part in being the liturgist, participating in the music, coming up with and presenting their sermon message. We also plan to include at least one mission project a year.
Contact: Michelle Rudd: 315-777-6174
For our tweens and teens (Grade 5 to Grade 12), we look at hosting monthly activities with input from the youth on things they would like to do, with a focus on continued growth in their own personal faith and building relationships with one another as well as with their church community and the greater community as well.
Vacation Bible School
No matter where you live and regardless of whether or not you go to church, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is fun and enlightening for all who attend each summer. Each VBS has an intriguing theme that intertwines interesting bible stories.
VBS 2023 was “Pets Unleashed: Where Jesus Cares Fur You” by Group Publishing. It was held on Tuesday, August 22nd through Thursday, August 24th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a dinner at 5:30 P.M. each night.
The mission project was Jefferson County SPCA. The SPCA visited on Thursday night and did a presentation and Q&A. Trenta, a 3 month old kitten, also visited and was a huge hit. A total of $216 was raised for the SPCA. The kids also made and donated 36 dog chew pull toys.
This past summer, four youth attended Camp Aldersgate in the Horse Camp Jr. program. They were so excited, since this was the first time that younger campers were allowed to select this program. Even though the weather was wet, they had a wonderful time with their horses….grooming, mucking, feeding and riding. It was great to have a group of youth once again attend camp! Thank you to the support of the congregation and the community for making this experience possible.
Information for summer 24′ coming soon!
Contact: Lynn Morgan: 315-493-2637
Asbury follows Safe Sanctuaries. Please refer to the attached Safe Sanctuaries document: Safe Sanctuaries Booklet