An inclusive, Christ-centered community making a difference.


On August 9, 2018, 664 jumpers and lots of supporters came together as friends, neighbors, and family to be together and do something amazing. On Thursday, August 9, 2018, we showed the world what community looks like. Plus, we broke a Guinness World Record! (We are still awaiting official approval and will make an announcement when we receive the notification.)

But we still need you! Next year, during Block Party on East, we want to do something else that brings people together by breaking another record...and we want to hear your ideas! In the coming days, weeks, and months, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your suggestions for another record-breaking challenge that can help unite us as a community. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thursday Aug 2 47 pm Friday Aug 3 10 am4 pm Saturday August 4 10 am4 pm Sunday August 5 11 am3 pm 2

This August, we will celebrate the 51st Anniversary of The Storehouse Summer Sale in support of the Asbury First Storehouse. As we prepare to open our doors, we want to pause and remember the 50 years that precede this event and its history

Founded in 1965 by five women of our congregation, The Storehouse has served thousands of families in need. I wonder if our founding mothers could have imagined that in 2017 we would have 100 volunteers and serve 2,967 adults, 2,505 children, and receive referrals from 372 local agencies?

When founded, The Storehouse consisted of a few rooms and closets on the second floor of the building we call 1010. Now encompassing the entire lower level of 1050 (the building that houses the church offices), the need has continued and increased. While supported by the Annual Budget, the needs exceed what the budget alone can provide. Fundraisers for The Storehouse help us to purchase socks, underwear, blankets and at times, winter jackets. Our sale dates this year are August 2, 3, 4, and Sunday, August 5. Since we are run entirely by volunteers, and our church provides the lower level of 1050 for the operation, all monies go directly to supporting our clients' needs. Last year, 2017, the sale generated over $10,000. With the contribution of the Bake Sale (held in the Welcome Hall) the total exceeded $11,000. Donations for the sale from our generous and large population make the sale much more than a glorified garage sale. We have had furniture, household items, small appliances, vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, jewelry, linens, framed artwork, accessories such as scarves and purses, and so much more. Items are set aside and priced throughout the year as we receive small donations that could be a part of the sale. The week before the sale opens, many hands work long hours to get the sale tables set up, boxes opened, and items unwrapped and priced. We are blessed with many volunteers who have years of experience and know how to merchandise the sale to make items appealing and attractive to buyers. Pricing is modest and great deals are to be found!


Thousands of Items
Costume jewelry, housewares, furniture, linens & quilts, crafts, fine china, glassware, lamps, pictures, and much more. Our boutique area features handbags, vintage clothes, and other unique items.

Days and Times
Thursday, August 2: 4-7 pm
Friday, August 3: 10 am-4 pm
Saturday, August 4: 10 am-4 pm
Sunday, August 5: 11 am-3 pm

Saturday Special
Half off from Noon-3 pm and $5 Bag Sale 3-4 pm.

Sunday Special
$5 Bag Sale all day. 

We accept credit cards!

The Asbury First Storehouse serves families in the greater Rochester area with clothing and household goods. All proceeds benefit the Storehouse.

ChickenBBQwebpicCome one, come all—and bring your appetite! Please join us for Asbury First’s Chicken BBQ on Sunday, August 5, 11:30 am–1:30 pm (or until we are sold out). All proceeds will benefit the Dining and Caring Center. Through July 29, you can purchase tickets at the pre-sale price of $10 each in the Welcoming Hall after the 8:30 and 10 am services, or from the Church Office during the week.After that, tickets will be available for $12 on the day of the event. The meal will be one half a chicken, coleslaw, salt potatoes, and bottled water. Church members may also sponsor a meal for a Dining and Caring Center guest or two for this event. Thank you!

Join Us August 7, 8, and 9 at 6 pm Daily for Block Party on East!

Love Tent Week? You won't want to miss Block Party on East!

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Tuesday, August 7

Celebrate the 1960s and 1970s and dress up to show your knowledge of these decades. There will be costumes, record-breaking, and much more! One of the awesome events happening on Tuesday is Goat Yoga on the lawn at 6 pm and 7 pm with HikYoga of Rochester! It's a free event and open to everyone. Bring your water and yoga mats. The event will feature Ernest and Gertrude, two very friendly Nigeran Dwarf Goat kids. Click here to sign up for the 6 pm session and click here to sign up for the 7 pm session. They're filling up fast

Wednesday, August 8

Challenge yourself with a prison escape! We will have an escape room with 15 minutes to find your out! We will kick it up another few notches with more prizes,“big hair” of the 1980s and “grunge” of the 1990s, and more! Want to sign up to participate in the hair contest? Click here!

Thursday, August 9

After warming up with breaking smaller World Records, we will capstone this summer’s Vacation Bible School and Block Party on East with an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people in one hopscotch game! And we’ll need 650 hoppers to break the record! If you plan on joining us for #hoptheroc, please sign up on Eventbrite at Food trucks and live music will also join us each night!

Interested in volunteering with us to help make #hoptheroc a success? Click here to sign up!


DSC 0079 copyOn Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 pm in the Asbury First sanctuary, flutist Annette Farrington and pianist Tony Caramia will present a recital entitled Impressions for a Summer Night. This program, their first collaboration, includes music ranging from the romantic Nocturne by Lili Boulanger to the jazzy and jaunty Bubble-Up Rag by Judith Lang Zaimont. More women composers are represented including Grace Williams and Ann Ronnell. Jazz influences abound in works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Billy Strayhorn, Mike Mower, and Eric Ewazen.

Annette's flute artistry is familiar to the AFUMC congregation. As a member for almost 20 years, she has played often in worship services, is a charter member of Asbury Singers and is director of the Asbury First Flute Choir. She is on the faculty of Nazareth College teaching applied flute and flute methods and runs a vibrant flute studio in her home.

Tony is Professor of Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at Eastman School of Music. He was a guest on Marian McPartland's acclaimed NPR radio program, Piano Jazz, in 2013 and her 1927 Steinway is now housed in his Eastman studio. Tony has lectured and performed at numerous conferences on jazz piano and piano pedagogy and performed at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival. His multi-media themed recitals play to sold-out audiences.

This recital is presented to benefit the outreach ministries at Asbury First. A freewill offering with a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated.


Prom dresses and mother-of-the-bride/groom dresses, shoes, and more will be sold on Sunday, April 15, from 2-6 pm in Fellowship Hall!

Items are available at rock-bottom prices--please join us or spread the word to friends and family who may be planning a wedding or headed to prom in May!

All proceeds benefit the Storehouse for the purchase of blankets and children's underwear. The Storehouse provides clothing and household goods to more than 6,000 persons annually--and your purchases at this event help make this ministry even more effective in providing assistance to our community. We hope to see you there!

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6:30 pm* Sanctuary open for silent meditation 
7 pm* Living tableaus of scenes from the life of Christ 
7:30 pm* Worship, Holy Communion, and a reenactment of the passion of Christ
See the worship bulletin here


6 am Informal service of Holy Communion 
12 pm* Worship and reflection on art and music (music provided by Voices Chamber Choir) 
6-7:30 pm A come-when-you-wish child-friendly service with Holy Communion, a labyrinth walk, and prayer stations
See the worship bulletin here


6:30 am Sunrise Service Held at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 Goodman Street 
8:30 am* Traditional Worship | See the worship bulletin here
10 am* Brief service of Holy Communion (no sermon) | See the worship bulletin here
11 am* Traditional Worship | See the worship bulletin here

*Childcare is available

29541628 10155478615576527 7746818921471731723 nLet no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. - 1 Timothy 4:12

This past weekend, we were reminded of this verse from Paul’s first letter to Timothy as 12 of our youth set an example for us through their speech and conduct by leading an Asbury First delegation to March For Our Lives-DC Official. We are so thankful to them for their faithful leadership and powerful witness. We also have to give a huge shout-out to our new friends at National United Methodist Church for putting their commitment to radical hospitality on display by opening their doors to us and other churches from around the country and offering us a really powerful program and a place to spend the night. To read more about this and other United Methodist responses to the march throughout DC, check out this write up that’s featured on the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference website (which includes a statement from and picture of our very own Hannah Beamish!).
-Ian C. Urriola

Join Robert Lupton, Author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How To Reverse It)
3 pm workshop, 7 pm presentation | Asbury First United Methodist Church


Toxic Charity

Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It, will give a talk on his book at Asbury First on Sunday, on Sunday, April 29, at 7 pm in the sanctuary and will lead a 3 pm workshop on campus, as well.


Lupton’s visit is part of an effort to share principles of justice—as recommended in our Outreach Task Force report, “A Way Forward. This report urged the AFUMC community to combat poverty by striving for justice instead of simple charity. Some liken that to teaching a person to fish instead of giving them a fish. It's really more complicated than that. One must also consider whether the person has a fishing pole, has a place to safely store it, and if they are likely to face discrimination when trying to access the local fishing hole. Does the person even want to learn how to fish, or do his or her dreams and talents lie in raising chickens instead? How can we help unknot those tangled issues instead of continuing to throw fish at a problem we might be worsening?


Lupton says churches often fail to take stock of how effective their programs are and rob those we try to serve of their pride and dignity, despite our best intentions.


Robert Lupton has walked the walk: he’s a Christian community developer in Atlanta, GA., having created two mixed-income subdivisions, organized a multiracial congregation, and started several businesses that provide dignity and jobs for people in poor urban areas. He is the creator of the Lupton Center, which specializes in teaching about helpful, effective community development. Some at AFUMC have taken the “Seeking Shalom” training offered by the Lupton Center, which is helping to reshape our outreach ministries.


For those who want to learn more, Lupton will also lead a 3 pm workshop on April 29. A limited number of seats, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, will be open to people who have either completed the “Seeking Shalom” training or read one of Lupton’s books. You can get started reading now or, during the month of April, take The Rev. Jacqueline Nelson's weekly class, “Balancing Justice and Mercy,” which will use Toxic Charity as a referenced text. (Find out more about this class here.)


To sign up for the class or the afternoon workshop, please contact Melody Guadagnino in the AFUMC office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reservations for the talk are not necessary, but admission by donation of $10 is encouraged. Donations will benefit outreach programs at AFUMC. If you would like to purchase Toxic Charity, please contact Melody Guadagnino in the church office.

Kindness, Inclusion, and FUN for Kids at VBS This Summer!

slide 12Just’s coming! This Summer at Asbury First is a Vacation Bible School unlike none other! We focus on kindness, inclusion, and—most importantly—FUN. VBS takes place at Asbury First United Methodist Church on August 6-9 from 9 am-12:30 pm. Our development team is hard at work to plan four incredible mornings, PLUS a family night filled with activities, games, drama, music, science, and lots of wacky fun. We keep the cost for families low so that all can attend. The cost is $15 per child (with $40 maximum for families, no matter how many kids join us). All children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to take part this wonderful experience! 

Please click here to subscribe to VBS and Children’s Ministry updates to find out more as we draw closer to the event!