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History of Asbury UM Church

Asbury UM Church may be the most beautiful church ever built in the Greater Watertown area.  Construction was begun in July 1907 and was completed in 1914. It was built of Pennsylvania Marble at a cost of $125,000. The church was designed to seat 1400 people. Its circular sanctuary, full-frontal pipe organ, and stunning picturesque stained-glass windows create an awe-inspiring worship experience.  The church is located on the corners of Parker, Sterling, and Franklin Streets.

The raised wall between the sanctuary and the rotunda area was the largest mechanically-operated dividing wall north of Syracuse.

In 1965, a new education building was completed as a west wing to meet the needs of an expanding Sunday School program. The New Day Children’s Center now fully utilizes that wing.

Are you interested in helping with the revitalization of this beautiful Northern New York Church? Find out more on our Capital Project and Campaign page.


COVID-19 Notice

Everyone who enters Asbury must wear a mask. On Sunday morning, everyone enters through one entrance--Sterling Street--where a friendly usher will seat you 6 feet apart to ensure safe social distancing. The elevator is open at the Franklin Street entrance. Due to COVID restrictions and our desire to keep everyone safe and healthy, Nursery Care and Sunday School are curtailed for the time being. Several groups, such as Choirs, are not currently gathering because of social distancing restrictions. Some groups are meeting via Zoom and other groups are meeting in-person at the church using safe social distancing practices. We encourage you to contact the Asbury Church Office at 315-782-3240 to acquire the latest information.