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Getting Involved & Group Activities

You’ll Feel Welcome at the ‘Friendly Church’

There’s something for everyone!  Our programs and activities provide opportunities for individuals to feel a sense of family while developing their personal awareness of God’s guidance in their lives.  At Asbury, it’s easy to make friends and build faith-based relationships. We want everyone in Jefferson County to have a chance to experience a circle of friends where their own lives can be embraced while experiencing joy and growing in faith.

For more group opportunities, please be sure to check out Children/Youth and Musical Ministries.

Showing Support to the Community 


Asbury frequently visits organizations in the community to say “thank you” and “we appreciate you.”  Our first visits beginning in Fall of 2020 have been to the Watertown Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Samaritan Medical Center, and the Watertown Fire Department. 

We are especially grateful to our first-responders who have put their lives (and the safety of their families) on the line every day during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

We invite you to get involved.  For more information, please contact the Chairs of Membership & Evangelism Committee, Melanie Rafferty (315 783 1105) or Lisa Smith (315 778 4173).   

Fellowship Time – Coffee Hour

We invite you to say for Coffee Hour (Fellowship Time), which is provided in the Rotunda – right behind the Sanctuary. Please enjoy coffee, goodies, conversation, and something cold to drink. 

Join us for a welcoming and joyous Coffee Hour/Fellowship Time right after the Main 10:15 A.M. service. All ages join together for conversation and friendship.

Want to get involved? You are invited to sign up to bring goodies or help with clean-up. Check out information about Missions, Sunday School, and Event Planning, who are often looking for help or donations with community projects and upcoming church activities.

There’s Something for Everyone.

The Wired Word

Sundays at 8:30 A.M. via Zoom (Sept. – June).

Adult Sunday School meets Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM via Zoom for a lively discussion focused on current topics (topics that avoid politics). For regular participants, they will be emailed the topics (with questions) ahead of time by Friday of each week. Everyone is invited to join this engaging group. Contact Aaron Johnson for your Zoom link. 

Contact:  Aaron Johnson, 315-408-5654 or email:

Prayer Circle

Wednesday at 11 A.M.

You are invited to join us on this exciting journey of prayer.  We pray for healing of friends, family members, our world, our community, our nation, our church, our pastor, our parishioners, our co-workers, etc.  Please come join the Prayer Circle to praise and give thanks for God’s goodness. Masks are worn and sweet tea is served. If you have a prayer concern or would like to pray for others, please come. Be sure to wear your mask. 

Where: Asbury Church Parlor 

Contact:  Susan Snell at 315-773-0170 or email: 

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Group Studies

Most Mondays at 6:30 P.M.

You are invited to attend numerous study groups each year typically led either by the pastor or by Max Bovee, Asst. to the Pastor for Discipleship Development.  Most studies are a series of 4-6 weeks but some studies are provided in 1 session. Stay tuned for dates and details!

Contact: The Church Office at 315-782-3240 for more details.

Monthly Family Dinners

Suspended Due to COVID-19.

It’s always an enjoyable time whether it’s the All-Birthday Party, Souper-Bowl Sunday, Chili Cook-Off, Spring Luncheon, Women’s Dinner, Picnic in the Park, Harvest Fest Dinner, All- Men’s Dinner, and more.  Methodists can surely cook and eat because everything is always super yummy.  There’s plenty for everyone so come and meet new friends.  Most monthly events are after church.  Stay tuned! 

Contact: Sue Snell, 315-778-0170

Christian Care Ministry – Visitation Team

Our Christian Care Ministers lead a visitation team. They are specialized in older adult ministries and visit or telephone people in the hospital, nursing homes and home.  They support grieving families, meet one-on-one with people who need a listening ear for prayer and encouragement, help and care for people in need, and ensure that all communication is kept confidential.

Darlene Welbourn
, RN, BSN, CCM and Pamela Quimby, RN, CCM, 315-782-3240


Men’s Group

Meets 1st Saturday of each month at 8:00 A.M.

Men enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant on the 1st Saturday of each month at 8:00 am.  Following breakfast, the men’s group digs into a half-day work project that may involve yard work, painting, small repairs, etc.  It’s enjoyable to make a positive difference for others. Please call if you have project ideas! 

Contact: Max Bovee 315-232-4158 or Bill Plemons 315-771-0317

Lovin’ Stitches Quilt Group

Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary and all supplies are provided.  We meet in the Sunday School Office. We make comfort quilts for those in need of extra care and support. Recipients tell us the comfort of the quilt and caring feeling from our Asbury Family is very meaningful to them.

The Schedule: 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11:30 A.M. (Sept. – June)

Contact: Myrtie Schilling at 315-771-0762 or email: 

Women’s Activities

United Methodist Women – The United Methodist Women (UMW) meet once a month for either activities or a meeting.  UMW provides camp scholarships for kids in our church, provides support to women who are interested in attending local and national UMW conferences, and provides financial support to Missions.  

Contact:  Leah May Carlisle at 315-778-7511

Kitchen Helpers – For monthly dinners and other events, working with other women who enjoy cooking and kitchen duty is a wonderful way to help out while getting to know others better.

Semi-Annual Rummage Sale – This monster rummage sale and bake sale is fun to get organized.  It’s open to the public for two days.

Contact:  Sue Snell at 315-778-0170 

Asbury Book Club

Every 1st Friday at 9:30 A.M.

Meets the 1st Friday of the month. Everyone is welcome regardless of where you attend church. The location may change so please call for more information. 

Contact: Joanne Rhode at 315-771-8710

Travels with Max Bovee

2021 Trip to Sight and Sound Theatre, Lancaster, PA – Queen Esther

Dates: September 30 – October 1, 2021
Show:  Queen Esther (riveting Old Testament Bible story brought to life on a magnificent stage)

Other Highlights: Amish House Tour, Dutch Family Style Dinner, other dinners
Cost: $300 per person (Some meals not included)

Contact:  Call Max Bovee at 315-232-4158  (Add your name to the waiting list)