There's something for everyone at Asbury First!
This February, your children are invited to learn, celebrate, and worship with us at Mini Vacation Bible School (VBS)! Find more information on Camp H2O, this year's Mini VBS, and discover more ways your children can get involved with the Asbury First community here.
Join us for Easter worship! We will have services on:
March 1 / 7 pm
- We begin the holy season of Lent with a service that reminds us of our humanity and our reliance on the gift of God’s grace. This service will include communion and the imposition of ashes.
April 13 / 6:30 pm (silent meditation), 7 (living tableaus), 7:30 pm (service)
- Sanctuary open at 6:30 pm for silent meditation. Living tableaus of scenes from the life of Christ will be presented in the chancel during this time.
- At 7 pm, living tableaus of scenes from the life of Christ will be presented in the chancel.
- At 7:30 pm, we will offer communion and a candlelight re-enactment of Christ's last night, ending with the placement of the cross on the East Avenue lawn by our Christ-figure.
- Informal Holy Communion: 6 am with the Men's Prayer Group.
- Envisioning the Passion: Noon. Holy Week-themed art and music by Voices Chamber Choir. A beloved Asbury First tradition.(note: there will be no evening performance of Envisioning the Passion)
- Family Prayer Night, 6-7:30 pm., A come-when-you-wish child-friendly event, with communion, a labyrinth walk, and prayer stations.
- Community Sunrise Service: 6:30 am, held at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 Goodman Street, 14620.
- Traditional Services: 8:30 and 11 am
- Chancel Communion service: 10 am (Note: brief service with no sermon.)
The Taizé Community is a monastic community founded in 1940 and located in the small village of Taizé, France. Taizé is home to over a hundred monastic brothers, who come from Catholic and Protestant traditions. The brothers live and work together, spending much of their time in worship and prayer. Taizé describes itself as “a parable of community that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.”
Taizé is known for its particular style of meditative songs, which Asbury First sings at Taizé-style services during Advent and Lent. The songs are short, simple, and sung repetitively. “They express a basic reality of faith that can quickly be grasped by the intellect, and that gradually penetrates the heart and the whole being.”
Since its founding, Taizé has become a destination for pilgrims from around the world. Speaking different languages and following different Christian (or non-Christian) traditions, the pilgrims are invited to spend a week living alongside the brothers. Pilgrims work to help maintain the community, spend time in individual and group reflection, and experience the full worship life of Taizé.
In May of 2017, a group of young adults from Asbury First will be traveling as pilgrims to Taizé.
Come join new and old friends at the Syracuse Basketball/Asbury First Trip! It’s a noon ACC matchup in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, January 28 featuring SU and Florida State. We’ll safely travel via motor coach, departing from Asbury at 9:30 am. Approximate return time is 4 pm. We have reserved 55 seats for this exciting trip. Thanks to donations and a discounted group price, the total cost is $35 for adults and $15 for youth (12 and under). To reserve your tickets and transportation, send a check for the correct amount to the church office, noting the number of desired tickets (attention to Melody Guadagnino). Join this wonderful winter sports tradition, wear your orange and be ready to cheer with fellow SU fans. It’s a great trip for all ages and there’s even SU themed prizes given out on the bus! Questions about the trip or need more details, feel free to call Craig Dennison at 507-9655.