Jesus said,  “Let the children come to me, and do not keep them away, for it is to those who are childlike that the Kingdom of Heaven is available to now.”  Matthew 19:14

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Jackie Bennett, Children’s Ministry

At Asbury United Methodist Church, we believe in providing a loving, accepting, caring, and safe environment for children and their families to be centered in Jesus Christ as we connect to the presence of God, grow in our faith, celebrate community, and serve others with love.

Contact Information

Jackie Bennett
Director of Children’s Ministry
Phone:  925-447-1950 ext. 105
Office:  Room 7

Special Events

Throughout the year Asbury offers a variety of opportunities to support the spiritual development of children and their family’s.  Here is a list of some of our offerings:

  • Easter –  activities include the waving of the palms on Palm Sunday and a family Easter egg hunt.
  • A Musical – choir children 3rd grade to High School practice and perform in a musical each year.
  • Kindness Matters Camp (VBS) – an exciting faith-filled week for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade.  It is traditionally held in late July, early August.
  • Family Church Camp – we camp and fellowship together for three nights and four days.  For a few years now we have been going to LARPD’s Camp Shelly in Lake Tahoe.
  • Movie Nights, Game Nights, and Picnics
  • Friday Fun Nights
  • Arts Showcase – children and youth share a form of art of their choice with our community
  • Dine and Dawdle – Thursday evenings in the summer families come to Asbury to have a meal prepared by the Fellowship team with themes including a dessert bake off, a chili cooking contest showdown with prizes to be won, and a live dinner theater night.
  • Sundae Sunday – we have an ice cream social to kick off the start of a new Sunday school and choir season in late September.
  • Family Service Projects – projects we have done and continue to do include cleaning up parks, sorting and stocking items for Tri-Valley Haven’s thrift store, working in the Fertile Groundworks garden, which produces fresh produce for Open Heart Kitchen, build play houses for those in need with Habitat for Humanity, Rise Against Hunger food packing event, collect food for the Alameda County food bank, and the Back to School Backpack project.
  • Advent – Advent activities include a Christmas Concert, featuring all the choirs from children to adult and homemade cookies following the program, Christmas Caroling, where we visit and sing to those who making it to church can be a challenge and deliver them homemade cookie and a 4:30pm Interactive Christmas Story Christmas Eve Service.

In addition to special events, we collect special offerings where our children can serve our community with love.  Some of the organizations we have supported include the Heifer Project, Open Heart Kitchen, Alameda County Food Bank, Fertile GroundWorks, Habitat for Humanity, Tri-Valley Haven, Partners for Change, The Taylor Foundation, UMCOR, and UNICEF.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are please to be able to offer a wide variety of activities for our children and their families.   We need wonderful volunteers to help make them happen.  Contact us to see how you can support the amazing children of our community by letting the light of Christ shine through you in a meaningful way.

Children’s Ministry Committee

Our committee meets quarterly to discuss upcoming events, plan curriculum, and discuss how things are going in our program.  Our goal is to provide our children with a meaningful experience of God, to provide a safe environment for them to learn more about themselves, while connecting with others in positive ways.

Committee Members:

  • Lynn Tripp
  • Jennifer Bernstein
  • Keri Gnecco
  • Renee Haugen
  • Brooke Feidy
  • Carol Wahrer
  • Martie Muldoon
  • Heather Noble Tilghman