Asbury Church is a community of various backgrounds and beliefs, drawn together by the love of Jesus Christ, our care for each other, and our passion for our community. Within the Wesleyan way ( a way that is deeply rooted in radical Grace, where social and personal holiness are linked, and where we emphasis reason, experience, tradition, and scripture to discern God’s call) our mission is to hear Jesus’ message in authentic, relevant, and life changing ways.
At Asbury Church, all people are welcome, and for us, all means all. We believe that all people are created in the image of God, that all people are of sacred worth, and that Christ died for all people. We believe that God’s radically inclusive love excludes no one. We welcome everyone without exception, regardless of age, race, ethnic background, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, family or socioeconomic status, educational background, political affiliation, physical or mental ability, faith history or life experience. We believe that the diversity of God’s creation is part of what makes it beautiful.
We are a church where it is safe to disagree about important things and still remain united in the love of Jesus. We have diverse perspectives on faith, and we have differences in perspective on theology and biblical interpretation. We covenant to accept, respect, and love one another along our faith journeys. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you believe, you are always welcome at Asbury Church. Serving a community that extends into Brattleboro, Keene, and our surrounding towns we are becoming a witness that extends well beyond our building.
Our Invitation to You.
Each week, we meet on Sundays at 10:30 AM, with our Ministry Team preaching the second sunday of every month. You are welcome to come as you are (our pastor typically preaches in jeans and a tie). As we are slowly returning to in-person service after the pandemic shut down our sanctuary, masks are optional and encouraged for those who feel compromised. Although some Sundays our numbers will be low, we continue to grow our online ministries, serving an average of 800 people. For our entire community, our invitation and welcome is our commitment. We not only publish the following invitation in our bulletins each week, we truly try to live it out as only beautifully imperfect-perfect people can.
You’re Welcome With Us.
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like an American Idol or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, More Methodist than Wesley, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegans, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, republicans, democrats, bleeding hearts … and you!
(Welcome originally posted by Our Lady of Lourdes Church In Alston, NM)
We also invite you to learn more about the United Methodist Church. Check out the following video for a primer on who we are:
For any additional questions related to our ministries and mission or United Methodism in your area, contact Pastor Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org