What to expect

We would love to see you experience Asbury United Methodist Church in person. We understand that searching for a new church can be a little scary, so whether you’ve grown up in church, never been to church, or are coming back to church, our desire is that you feel welcomed and accepted.

What’s the Sunday service like? Asbury’s worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. You will be greeted at the door by our hospitality team, who would be happy to answer any questions you may have. In the fellowship hall (right inside the main entrance) there are places to hang up coats.

At the entrance to the sanctuary, another greeter will hand you a written bulletin. The readings and hymn verses are projected on  the sanctuary walls and we live stream on YouTube at Asbury United Methodist Church Getzville.

Our congregation loves music!! At any given service we might sing a praise song, an old-time spiritual, a beautiful Charles Wesley hymn or a campfire song. Sometimes the chimes choir (affectionately called the “Dingalings”) may play, the children’s hand bell group may entertain or a solo/duet/choir offering may be included.

Our services run about an hour and feature Bible based messages relevant to today’s world, great music, and an opportunity to experience God through prayer. The focus of Worship is to insure that there is an opportunity for all who are present to experience the living God.

Where will my kids go?

Asbury United Methodist Church is a family friendly church with a strong commitment to building a Godly foundation in our children. Asbury United Methodist Church offers a nursery for the very young.

Children are encouraged to attend the beginning of the worship service with their families. About 15 minutes into the service, a children’s message is given and the children are then excused for Sunday School class (except in summer). The children rejoin us in time to participate in communion and the end of the service.

The song we sing before the children’s message says it all: this is where children belong. We are not afraid of noise or commotion connected with having children in church. Let ‘em make a joyful noise to the Lord!!

What should I wear?

There is no official dress code at our church. Many people dress up, and just as many come dressed casually. We’re more concerned with the condition of your spirit than the attire you wear outwardly. Your comfort may be traditional church attire, jeans and sneakers or business casual. Come as you are!

Will I be asked to give an offering?

As a guest, you are not expected to make an offering but the opportunity to give, in gratitude to God, will be extended.

Will I be singled out as a visitor?

You will not be asked to say anything or introduce yourself as a visitor. We have a general time of greeting when we each stand and pass the peace of Christ to one another. Members of our congregation will typically greet you at this time. Our every intention is for you to feel welcomed. We do not want you to do anything that would make you feel uncomfortable.

After our service we usually share a time of fellowship with one another as we share coffee and snacks (juice for the kids).  We are fortunate enough to have some pretty good cooks in our church family but we never scoff at store bought goodies either! Refreshments are served on a voluntary basis.

If I need prayer, will Asbury UMC pray for me?

We are a praying church. We believe in prayer and that we should as Scripture leads us, “Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.”  If you have a prayer request, there is a blue prayer slip in the back of the sanctuary to fill out. Ask one of the hospitality team to help you find it if needed.

If you wish, you may also send prayer requests through the Contact Us Page on our website, or you may call the church office. If you would like someone to pray with you, our pastor would be happy to pray with you.

Does your church take Communion?

Asbury UMC celebrates Communion every Sunday. We believe in and practice “open communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.