Opportunities To Serve

Asbury provides numerous opportunities to share God’s love.

Opportunities include the following:
  • outreach dinners to shut-ins September through May
  • the community food pantry, housed at Asbury Church
  • advocacy for social issues
  • volunteering to help with the youth ministry, Sunday school, or other established ministries
  • opportunity to create new ministries to serve others in Jesus’ name

Look for specific opportunities in Sunday’s bulletin or in the church’s monthly newsletter.


Christmas Joy Box!

  1. Sign up (at back door) for a child in a specific age

group to fill a box.

  1. Begin with a shoebox. Wrap the lid and      

     the box separately in Christmas paper.  

                         ***Please do not use a bow or ribbon.

  1. Fill your box with a variety of gifts appropriate to the age category you have chosen:
    • Toys: small cars, ball, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, slinky, toys that light up and/or make noise (be sure to include batteries!), small etch-a-sketch
    • School supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, stickers, writing pads or paper, calculators, books
    • Hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, hair clips, deodorants, lip-balm, soaps
    • Other: hard candy, flashlights with extra batteries, ball caps, socks, watches, jewelry, skull hats, gloves
  1. Mark your box:

               A.)   Boy or Girl

                B.)   Age group

  1. Bring your filled box to church by Sunday, Dec. 8TH  

Please DO NOT include any of the following:

  • Used items
  • Toy guns, knives, or other war-related items
  • Chocolate or other perishable items
  • Liquids of any kind
  • Medicines of any kind (vitamins, cough drops, etc.)
  • Breakable items (mirrors, china dolls, etc.)

The Joy Boxes will be distributed to children who need them in the Smyrna School Districts.

Angel Tree

Through Angel Tree, you can connect a child with their parent behind bars and offer joy and hope to a prisoner’s family.  Please select an angel from the Angel Tree display and purchase the requested gift.  Gifts and gift cards in the amount of $25 are suggested.  Return the gift, wrapped, with the Angel attached to the front, to the church on or by Sunday, December 16th.  For questions please contact Christina Bell at 302.233.8049.



The Code Purple Shelter will be open again this year at Centennial United Methodist Church.  This sanctuary is a place for men to come when the temperature is below 35.  They receive dinner and breakfast in the morning before leaving.  We once again are responsible for the second week of each month beginning in December.  We need 2 people for in-take (4:30 until 9) each evening, 1 person to provide dinner   Due to the decreasing number of men available for overnight (9pm – 8am), we have not committed to overnight coverage but will help when possible.  Additional resources are being explored for overnight coverage. PLEASE SIGN UP!!  ON THE SHEETS PROVIDED AT THE BACK DOOR OR BY CALLING SHIRLEY WATTERSON 302.653.7120

The Food Pantry is in need of the following items:  tuna, Spam, juice, jelly and dry milk.  Don’t forget to bring in your coupons (no need to clip).  The basket is located at the back door.  Please call Asbury office at 302-653-8415 for more details.   Please no expired food.  We are looking for more volunteers to pack food in the pantry on a monthly basis and we are also looking for a new volunteer coordinator.

 Sunday Youth Group for grades 5-12 tonight, 5-7pm.  Dinner is provided every Sunday for all students.  Our evening begins in fellowship hall with games and dinner, and we move downstairs to the youth room most weeks for music, lesson and prayer.  Come check us out!

Chill Cafe for grades 8 & up meets weekly on Tuesdays, 5-6pm, in the youth room downstairs.  This is “chill” time of light snacks, games (Phase 10, Uno, Checkers, etc) and hanging with friends, followed by a time of devotion, discussion, and prayer.

What we need for youth group in the next few weeks:  Herrs crinkled cut chips, vanilla Oreos, doubled stuff Oreos, Hershey miniatures, individual packs of skittles and Swedish fish candies, and Hi-C juice boxes. We are also able to use gift cards for grocery stores, Dominoes, Chick-fil-A, or Pats Pizza.

Are you available to help us prepare food or bring a meal in for us on any of the following weeks?   12/1.  Your help is genuinely appreciated. Contact Michelle.Wilson.Youth@gmail.com for additional information.


Sunday School Help Needed!  Teachers are needed for the middle school class and the 4/5/K class. Assistants are also needed.  Please contact Wanda Foltz.

2nd Sunday Offering 

Following is a list of projects to receive the 2nd Sunday Mission Offering for the balance of 2019. If you would like to make a donation to any of these, please make a check payable to Asbury United Methodist Church and put “Missions” in the memo line.


Code Purple Shelter in Smyrna at Centennial United Methodist Church



Following the tradition of years past, the Christmas Poinsettias placed in the Sanctuary will be placed in honor or memory of our loved ones.

This year we are asking you to donate $10.00 (or as much as you

wish to give) towards the purchase of these flowers.

If you wish to participate this year, please complete an order form and get your donation to the church office no later than Monday, December 16th.   If paying by check, please make checks payable to Asbury U.M. Church. You may place your order in the offering plate or mail it to 20 W. Mt. Vernon St.  Order forms are found in the bulletin and the Church Office

Travelers keep up with regular offerings by giving electronically

Just as you rely upon receiving income on a regular basis, Asbury UMC relies on your regular contributions. Asbury appreciates the efforts of congregation members to make consistent donations throughout the year—especially during popular winter and summer travel periods. To assist you, the church provides a convenient electronic giving option for setting up regular contributions. Please contact the church office for details.