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Special/Holiday Services

Throughout the year, Asbury First offers special services in addition to our regular Sunday worship schedule to celebrate sacred seasons like Advent and Lent. Our events calendar lists the exact dates and times of the events for each season.  Below, however, please find a listing of the typical Advent and Lenten services (including Christmas Eve and Holy Week) and events.


Advent & Christmas Services

Click here for more information about the individual services/events and for more Advent resources.


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Service of Contemplative Worship - Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18, 6:15 pm

This contemplative service is a short pause in your day that offers an opportunity for reflection, rest, and the beauty of silence and peaceful music.

Advent’s Winter Wonder Night (for children and families) - Sunday, December 8, 5-7 pm

Come join us for dinner, fellowship, and storytelling as we take in the warmth of our beautiful chancel.

Carols and Cocoa - Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18, 7 pm

Join us for hot cocoa and singing carols around the tree on the front lawn in front of the church every Wednesday during Advent!

The Longest Night Service - Saturday, December 21, 2 pm

A sacred and meditative service featuring Communion on the longest night of the year, for anyone who experiences hardships or hurt during the holidays.

Christmas Eve - Tuesday, December 24, Services of Lessons, Carols, and CandlelightChristmas altar

12 noon - Service of Holy Communion

4 pm - Family Service with Pageant (live-streamed)

7 pm - Traditional Service (live-streamed)

9 pm - Service of Holy Communion

11 pm - Traditional Service (live-streamed)

Christmas Day, Wedneday, December 25

10 am - A joint service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road, Rochester, NY.

NOTE: Held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (on the corner of East Avenue, just a couple of blocks west of Asbury First)

Sunday, December 29

10 am - Lessons, poetry and carols

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31

5-6 pm - A “drop-in” service of meditation and reflection


Lenten and Easter ServicesEaster.2013.GF

Ash Wednesday, 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.

Contemplative Service of Worship (Formerly Known as Taizé), Every Wednesday in Lent at 6:15 pm

A contemplative service featuring music, Holy word, and silence.

Labyrinth, Wednesdays in Lent. 5-7 pm

An ancient practice, walking the labyrinth helps you to center yourself and re-connect with the divine in your life. Labyrinth stewards are on hand to answer your questions.


Maundy Thursday 

        *Silent Meditation, 7 pm, Sanctuary open for silent meditation. 

*Worship Service, 7:30 pmWorship, Holy Communion, and a re-enactment of the passion of Christ.

Good Friday

Informal Holy Communion, 6 am, In company with the Men's Prayer Group, all are invited to receive Holy Communion.

*Envisioning the Passion, 12 noon, Holy Week-themed art with choral music. A beloved Asbury First tradition.

Family Prayer Night, 6-7:30 pm, A come-when-you-wish child-friendly event with activities that draw us closer to God and our Faith, such as Holy Communion and walking the labyrinth. (All ages are welcome)

Easter Sunday

Sunrise Service, 6:30 am

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman Street, 14620
Asbury First co-hosts this sunrise service, held at the Divinity School, with other area churches.

*Traditional Services
8:30 and 11 am
With festive music. Children will remain in the sanctuary for the full service at 11 am

Childcare is available at all services marked with an asterisk*