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Children and Youth

Children and Youth

What we do for and with kids is one of the most important things we do as a church.

Our guidance begins at childhood and shines brightly as our children and youth grow. Asbury United Methodist Church takes an active role in the lives of our children/youth, just as the lives of our kids should take an active role in the church.  It’s all about helping them build strong relationships with God and with one another.

Young Disciples (Children’s) Time

Children are included every Sunday within the Worship Service.  Young Disciple’s Time is an important part of every service.  It’s so fun to see and laugh with every amazing child.  Their joy and their eagerness to learn is a contagious blessing!

For COVID Halloween, the kids enjoyed participating in “Table n’ Treat” right after church.  In their costumes, they collected candy from various tables across the Sanctuary and Rotunda.  Such fun!

Children’s Music

Singing a joyful noise to the Lord is where it’s at!  Music for children, whether it be singing or playing an instrument, is part of the wonderful Musical Ministry at Asbury.   Please see Music Ministries for more specific information on what is readily available to kids at Asbury UM Church.

Contact Michelle Rudd, Director, 315-777-6174


The acolyte, a child approximately 6-12 years old, lights the candles at the beginning of the Main Sunday Service and puts out the candles at the end of the service.  Children are trained to participate in acolyte duties.  Children learn that the light is carried into the worship service as a symbol of Jesus coming into the presence of our worshipping community.   At the end, the light is carried out into the world to show that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere.

Contacts: Shepherdess

Pam Quimby: or at 315-767-7105                                                        
Marie Jewson:

Kids Love Mission Projects

Sarah Lehman, our Sunday School Superintendent frequently works in tandem with the Missions Committee so that our kids can have meaningful experiences with mission projects.  Everyone is invited to participate or to help with various projects – from coat collections, to Christmas angel trees, to ringing the Salvation Army bell, to supporting the CROP Walk, etc.

Contact:  Sarah Lehman, Sunday School Superintendent,

Nursery Care

Our certified nursery staff engages with your children in a safe, age-appropriate way.  We will play, feed them, read to them, and change them if needed.

When you come on Sunday morning, come into the New Day Children’s Center wing (past the office).  You will sign in, quickly complete paperwork, and be handed a pager just in case we need to contact you during the service.

The nursery is open and ready for you starting at 9:00 am.

Ages 3 – Kindergarten

We have lots of fun engaging your children in play activities, reading stories, stacking, and a lesson that helps them learn about God and Christ.  Our goal is for your children to understand some basic ideas – that God and Jesus loves them, God made everything, and that Jesus wants to be their forever friend.

Sunday school begins after “Children’s Time” in the Main Sunday Service, appropriately 10:30.

Contact:  Sarah Lehman, Sunday School Superintendent,

Grades 1-3

This is where our children start learning about the great, well-known bible stories.  We want all the children to know that they can talk directly to God through prayer, that bible stories are meant to help them make good choices, and that God is good and can be trusted throughout their lives.

Sunday school begins after “Children’s Time” in the Main Sunday Service, appropriately 10:30.

Contact:  Sarah Lehman, Sunday School Superintendent,

Grades 4-8

We enjoy guiding kids to take ownership of their own faith and learn how they can be more like Jesus.   Bible stories and passages are now likened to their own lives and the daily choices they make at school, with their family, and in their friendships.  We encourage kids to build strong relationships with one another because church friendships help to make them more focused and stronger as Christians.

Sunday school begins after “Children’s Time” in the Main Sunday Service, appropriately 10:30.

Contact:  Sarah Lehman, Sunday School Superintendent,

Youth Class & Youth Group

Vacation Bible School – for kids of all ages

No matter where you live and regardless of whether or not you go to church, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is fun and enlightening for all who attend each summer.  Each VBS has an intriguing theme that intertwines interesting bible stories.

VBS Program for 2021 is “Anchored: Deepening Faith in God” by Group Publishing.

When: Tuesday, July 27th thru Thursday, July 29th 6 pm to 8pm each night.

Ages: Entering Kindergarten thru 6th grade.

Registration: Due by 7/23/21. Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to or mailed/dropped off to the church office- 327 Franklin Street Watertown, NY 13601. To print the form you will have to save each page and print them individually.

This years mission project will be Marion Medical Mission’s Well Program to ensure safe drinking water to help eliminate water borne/sanitation related diseases in Africa. For more information, their website is


Contact Sarah Lehman

Summer Camping

Summer camping opportunities are available for our children and youth at United Methodist camping facilities. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, summer camping will not be held in 2020.

Camps Aldersgate and Casowasco are a popular Methodist camps with their 1-day adventurer program (ages 4-8), 4-day beginner program (ages 6-9), and week-long camping experience where children and youth expand their faith in a fun, interactive, friendly, and safe environment.

2021 NOTICE: Information for 2021 will come out in Winter 2020.

Contact:  Lynn Morgan at 315-493-2637

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.