If you’re new to Asbury, we’ve compiled some of the common questions that people ask when they are considering visiting a new church. Maybe you’re new to the area, or maybe you’re just looking for a new place to worship. We hope you’ll come by and visit. Hopefully some of these answers will help you understand who we are and how we work. If you have any other questions, please contact the church office directly, and we’ll be glad to help you out!
Who is welcome at Asbury?
Everyone! Our congregation includes people of differing ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and religious backgrounds. If you are seeking meaning in your life, this might be a place for you. Note: All parts of our facility are fully accessible to those with disabilities.
How do I get to Asbury?
We’re easy to find, at 4743 East Avenue near Mines Road (map) in Livermore. There’s plenty of parking. There are visitor spaces adjacent to the drop-off spot next to the Sanctuary. Come in the main entrance and they’re most of the way down on the left. If you need access to handicap parking, it’s available in the smaller parking lot to the west of the Sanctuary.
What time is worship service?
Service starts at 9:00 a.m.
What will happen when I arrive?
You’ll be greeted at the front door of the sanctuary and offered a bulletin that lists the order of worship, the songs, and the activities for the day and week. Children will be given a children’s bulletin that has fun activities appropriate for their age. Sit wherever you would like to, and feel free to ask an usher or greeter any questions that you may have.
Is there a nursery for my baby/toddler?
A nursery is available for infants through 2-year-olds throughout Sunday morning. You can take your baby/toddler to the nursery, located in the education building (across the courtyard from the church) at any time, or keep your child with you in church. There is a furnished crying room at the back of the Sanctuary with visibility and audio of the service.
Who works in the nursery?
We always have two caregivers in the nursery at any time, even for just one child. The nursery caregivers have all been cleared through our United Methodist Trak 1 system of background checks.
Where does my pre-school/elementary-school child go?
Children stay with their parents through the Children’s Moment shortly into the service, after which the children leave for Sunday school in the education building (across the courtyard from the church). All children are checked in at the door, and will not be released until a parent has signed them back out again.
What about my middle/high-school child?
The classrooms for all students are across the courtyard in the education wing. There is always someone in the wing who can direct you to the correct room.
What should I wear?
Most people wear what they wear to work or school. Some dress up a bit, some are more casual. We encourage you to come however you are comfortable.
What happens after service?
It’s a time of fellowship and gathering in the Fellowship Hall and courtyard (if it’s nice out). Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice and bagels are always available in the Fellowship Hall after service. You are welcome to stay, visit and get to know people.
Do you have Holy Communion?
Generally on the first Sunday of the month, we serve communion. Anyone is welcome to take communion, and we encourage children to take part as well. You don’t have to be a member of this church (or any church) or have been baptized. If you have gluten intolerance, please notify the pastor before service begins.
What if I want to be baptized or confirmed?
Just contact the church office and ask to speak to a pastor. One would be happy to meet with you.
What if I want to learn more about The United Methodist Church and Asbury?
Membership classes are held several times a year, offering information and the opportunity to join, if you wish. Call the church for more information or speak with one of the pastors.
What do others say about Asbury?
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