Who We Are
One of the most important things we do as a community is worship. We gather each week as the body of Jesus Christ and lift high the name of Jesus. We listen for God's Word which comes to us through songs, scriptures, and sermons. We respond to the Word with our heads, our hearts, and our hands through the giving of our offerings and the renewal of our commitment to serve God in the world.
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We would love to see you this Sunday, come as you are.
• We begin by gathering as a church and approaching God.
• We worship by experiencing the Good News.
• We worship by going forth to serve the cause of God's Kingdom.
What We Believe
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. At Asbury we achieve this by following our mission statement –
We bring hope by providing care through our ministry of care to our members, by engaging in missions locally, regionally and globally. We build faith by providing Christian educational and informational programming for children, youth, and adults. We reach out with love by going on mission trips in the United States and Mexico as well as locally with our Re-nesting and Katy Build projects.
For more information please visit UMC.org
Bringing hope, building faith, reaching
out with love.
Rev. Ken Norton
Ken was born in Ida, LA. He has received degrees from Centenary College and St. Paul's School of Theology. He has served several churches in our Conference, now in retirement Ken enjoys serving as Asbury's Associate Pastor.
Meet Our Staff
From its humble beginnings at Curtis Park to its relocation to St. Stephen's, from gathering at Bossier Parish Community College to finding a permanent home at its present-day location on Airline Drive, Asbury's journey has been one of constant faith and continual growth.
On September 11, 2005, Asbury Church held a grand opening for its new, 900-seat sanctuary in hopes that its walls would become the church home for people looking for a warm, friendly, welcoming community of believers. It is with great anticipation that we continue this journey, as we dream of expanding our church and facilities in the coming years.
Won't you join us and become a part of the history of Asbury?
What We Believe
How We Worship
Christian Worship is at the center of who we are at Asbury. Worship is designed to help us connect more clearly with God's spirit that is life-directing, and to send us into the world as God's instruments of caring, healing and truth.
This service follows the traditional United Methodist order of worship, features traditional hymns from the hymnal accompanied by piano, organ and brass, and special music sung by the Chancel Choir. Pastoral staff don clergy robes for this service. We believe that God looks at our hearts, not our appearance. Therefore please dress as you feel comfortable.
Traditional Worship 8:30am
Contemporary Worship 10:45am
This service features contemporary Christian music provided by our praise and worship band. This service is a convergence of old and new worship styles, maintaining many aspects of a traditional order of worship and liturgy. We invite you to participate in the living out of God’s story as we worship through music, prayer, community, and the hearing and teaching of God’s word.
YOUth Worship is a worship experience for YOUth by YOUth that includes music by our Youth Band, speakers on relevant topics, and grade level small group discussion led by youth and adults. From beginning to end, this experience is designed as a way for youth to gather midweek with their friends and worship God will their whole being.
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YOUth Worship takes place every Wednesday night during the school year from 6:00pm-7:15pm in the Sanctuary. Most Wednesdays include a meal at 5:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. If you are currently in the 7th-12th grade, we hope you will join us at Asbury on a Wednesday night as we love God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strength!
At Asbury, our priority is to create a safe environment of love and spiritual nuture for each child from birth to two years of age. Childcare is available during both the 8:30am and 10:45am worship services as well as our Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:30. The nursery is often available during church events and activities that occur on days other than Sunday.
The Nursery is a vital ministry at Asbury UMC. Children are loved and cherished by God and have a special place in the hearts of the people at AUMC.
Nursery Director - Julie Weilmuenster
SUNDAY MORNING KIDS' OPPORTUNITIES :
Join us at 9:30am Sunday at "The Landing" for doughnuts and Rally time with Mrs. Julie and friends! We will gather here each week until 9:45am, then we will meet in our Sunday School Classes with our wonderful teachers to learn about God and His love. Preschool through 5th grade study Grow, Proclaim, Serve! We are ready for you to be with us this Sunday morning!
Children's Church: Join Mrs. Julie and her volunteer team every Sunday at 8:30 am and 10:45 am as we learn and worship together, kids style. Children Preschool through second grade are invited to be with us during children's church. Bring a friend and hear about God's promises for us.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT KIDS' OPPORTUNITIES
Where Kids Connect! Join us for games, art and fun Bible stories. Classes provided for Preschool through 5th grade.
Children's Director: Julie Weilmuenster
The Asbury Music Department strives to bring the highest quality music as they individually long for a closer, more intimate worship of our Lord. Each participant in the music program is charged as a worship leader themselves. They work towards portraying a personal life of worship through their individual music offering. These offerings range from choral and worship band leadership on Sunday mornings, hand bell and chime offerings monthly, brass ensemble, vocal ensembles as well as special events.
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Brass ensemble: The Asbury Brass Ensemble accompanies the 8:30am worship service on most Sundays throughout the year. The group is made of 4 dedicated musicians who are always excited to welcome others to join them! The group also prepares special musical collaborations for performance.
For more information contact:
Director of Music Ministries
How We Serve
With opportunities and groups for all ages, we welcome everyone. We hope you not only find a place where you belong but the courage to get involved and become a vital part of who we are as a church family. Without the people, we are simply a building, and without Christ in our midst, we are nothing. Together we live out our mission.
We have many ministry opportunities from serving on our Meal Team, Silver Eagles, Welcoming Team, Communion Team, Care Team, Asbury Motor Club to Office, Media and Worship.....there is a place for you to serve in your areas of interest.
For more information on these ministry teams, contact Angela Pfanner.
At Asbury when we say missions are the life blood of the church, we mean it. Extending the hands and feet of Christ into the world is one of the most significant things we do. And everyone is involved; there are Mission Possible programs for children, monthly mission projects for the Confirmation class, and youth are also actively engaged in on-going missions including their summer trips to the Navajo Nation and UMArmy.
Our Missions Committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month in Rooms 18/19.
Volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless,
because they are priceless
Areas you might be interested in: Altar Guild, Sacraments, Liturgist, Acolytes, Children's Sermon, Missions, Pumpkin Patch. Click here for the complete form.
Asbury Arts is a subsidiary of Asbury UMC and is purposed to inspire, involve and educate persons of all ages through private lessons, classes and performances. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education possible while providing opportunities for new explorations in the arts in a safe and encouraging environment. This organization will be introduced in phases and include a professional choral ensemble, an academy, offering classes in many different arts disciplines, and a children's choral ensemble.
Prísma Vocal Ensemble
The first phase of Asbury Arts to be implemented is Shreveport/Bossier City’s first semi-professional choral group founded by Adam Philley, conductor, and Costas Dafnis, composer-in-residence. The group will performa two programs of music a semester with concerts throughout the Shreveport/Bossier area. Auditions will be held for each concert session and are open to anyone aged 18 or older. Asbury UMC is the host facility of the group providing rehearsal space as well as a concert venue throughout the year. For more information please visit our website or like us on Facebook.
Asbury Ark Academy is a ministry of Asbury UMC. Our mission is to aid the education and development of inquisitive minds in a Christian environment, enabling children to grow spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially.
Asbury Ark is a caring environment.
The Ark is providing a quality preschool experience for two, three and four year old children in the Bossier City area. We strive to provide a developmentally appropriate experience for each child within a caring environment. Our commitment to quality includes ongoing staff education and training, and the use of a well-respected early childhood curriculum. We pride ourselves on our strong preschool community that encourages parent and family participation and community outreach.
The Asbury United Methodist Church Prayer Ministry involves many areas. What originated as a list of members who passed along requests via the telephone later evolved into a single intercessory prayer group and has taken many additional avenues.
The Internet becomes the communicator of this group. It is the largest “intercessory” part of the ministry as it involves the most people. As the prayer chain begins, the team leader receives the request in the church office and posts it on the Internet. This goes out to the e-mail addresses of those participating. They are non-confidential requests and anyone can email or call the church office to get on the e-mail list.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
Prayers / Devotional
The Prayer Ministry invites those who are interested in praying for others to join us. If you feel this is an area in which you would like to participate, please contact Team Coordinator, Sandra Burchett or the church office at 746-5349 to become a part of this heart warming ministry.
How We Grow
This class is an active and friendly group of senior adults. The weekly class discussions are from the Adult Bible Study Series. Team teachers are Rev. Ken Norton and Dudley Chewning.
Cross & Flame
Room 24 / 25
This group of adults, most with middle and high school age children, gather to study various topics from the Christian Education library. Mark Waniewski is the class leader.
This lively discussion class primarily studies scripture along with topical teaching books written by Jim Moore, Max Lucado and others. Team teachers are Judy Carson, Tom Davis, and Lee Carson.
Room 21 / 22
This class focuses on connecting faith issues by studying contemporary issues and events. Class leaders are Danny and Shirley Martin.
Room 18 / 19
This large group of adults covers Biblical teaching topics and occasionally uses study books written by Jim Moore, Max Lucado. Miles Holladay leads the Seekers.
This group of young adults discusses issues and seek's God's will for daily living through scripture and devotion time together. Class is lead by Lauren Stinson and Pat Dodd.
This class follows a discussion format that covers various topics through dvd studies and books. Jill Brandao leads the SPICE Class.
This elder class of adults team teaches studies that include Jim Moore books. Class leads and team teaches the class. Marilyn Rech and Jeanette Edmiston help coordinate the team rotation.
Focuses more on the study of scripture passages and prayer practices in order to grasp how it applies to our life, intimately and in the world in every moment. Led by Vern Leggett and Sandra Burchett.
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20
Each Sunday morning at 9:30 adults gather in various classes to grow in Christian faith and community. Our classes are more than your average Sunday School groups. We gather together to share in life; connecting, growing and serving together. Each class offers a unique style of study and growth. In addition, classes extend beyond the classroom through regular social gatherings and mission outreach. If you are interested in attending one of our classes or would like more information, please contact Angela Pfanner.
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20
Connection is our midweek time to enjoy a drop-in home style meal together and re-connect at Asbury. Our winter/spring Connection session continues this Wednesday with great class options for all ages. Nursery provided. Bring a friend, a neighbor and join us from 5:15pm -7:15pm. For more information, contact Angela Pfanner.
Our Secret Weapon: Teaching Kids to Pray. Over the next 16 weeks we will have weekly Bible time, games and art projects, kids style based around our theme of Secret Weapon. A special time for preschool thru 5th graders to grow in their relationship with God and each other.
Wednesday night kids' opportunities.
Children’s Ministries at Asbury is a fun and exciting place to be! We have many activities to choose from for children of all ages. Asbury is a place where children are called by name. They are welcome in worship. They are given words of encouragement. They feel loved. They know and experience God’s grace.
Asbury believes that it is necessary for the church to be invested in the lives of the children and for the children to be invested in the life of the church and their life of faith. We invite you and your friends to come and experience a super fun-filled time with the Asbury Kids.
Children’s ministry at Asbury is possible because of the volunteers that participate in the programs.
Join us on Wednesday evenings for fun and music with Ms. Marci.
For more information contact:
Director of Children's Ministries
Our children's choir is currently preparing for our Spring Musical, we invite all children (ages preschool- 5th grade) to be a part of this ministry!
Asbury recognizes a special place for 6th-graders: too old for the children’s wing and too young for the youth. With that in mind, the Confirmation students have their own class with one goal: to recognize and choose the role Christ will play in each of their lives.
Sunday school lessons, trips, fellowship activities, and mission projects all center around learning who Christ is and choosing Him. We study the history of our faith, beginning with the Jewish religion and moving forward through Catholicism and Protestantism to Methodism. We visit synagogues and churches to gain a hands-on look at the movement of Christianity. In addition, we have a mission project each month and discuss the importance of modeling Christ-like behaviors to others.
Welcome to Asbury YOUth! If you are currently in the 7th-12th grade, we would love to have you check us out. Our motto is “Loving UP & Loving OUT!” Basically we want to love up to God and love out to people, which comes from Luke 10:27.
Wednesday Nights 6:00pm - 7:15pm
YOUth Worship is a worship experience for youth by youth. Worship is led by the youth band, topics are introduced on relevant subjects, and those topics are then discussed in grade level small groups.
ABS - Asbury Bible Study
Sunday Mornings 9:30am - 10:30am
ABS (Asbury Bible Study) seeks to help youth “Strengthen their Spiritual Core” and meets during the adult Sunday School hour. The youth are then split into high school and middle school for Bible lessons. 9th-12th graders meet in the Green Room and 7th-8thgraders meet in the Yellow Room.
Sunday Afternoon's 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hangout is our weekly time to chill, get some food, get some fun and get some fellowship. Sometimes we play outdoor games, sometimes we play video games, sometimes we play board games. Hangout is very casual and helps us get relaxed before the week begins.
Youth Room, Gym, or Outside
The Asbury United Methodist Men’s group (UMM) is an organization created to meet the needs and serve the interests of the church and surrounding community. The men's group meets the third Sunday of each month over a hot breakfast to discuss events and activities around the church in an attempt to bring diversity, commitment and fellowship among all who attend.
The Asbury UMM received its charter in 1999 from the United Methodist Men in Nashville, TN. Since its inception, the Asbury UMM have dedicated its time and money to the betterment of the church and its many organizations. The purpose of the United Methodist Men (UMM) is “to declare the centrality of Christ in every man's life, to provide the spiritual growth of men through effective discipleship, and to model the servant leadership of Christ in our lives." The Asbury UMM Group is comprised of men who donate their time and money to the church and other organizations that support the many needs of Asbury.
For more information about UMM please Email Us
Small groups such as Lydia Circle offer monthly social outings with mission opportunities. Bible Studies gather in homes and at Asbury throughout the year.
Opportunities for service, fellowship, Bible Studies are a vital part of women's ministry at Asbury. Small groups such as our Lydia Circle and Pat's Pals offer purpose, mission, fun and friendship for women of all ages.
One of our current Bible Studies include a Beth Moore study on Wednesday evenings. Other offerings happen throughout the year. Day trips and retreats, mission projects, card ministry, meal deliveries, Prayer Shawl Ministry, mentoring are a few of the ways we connect and serve. These various activities equip women at Asbury to live lives of purpose, love, nurture, and mission for Jesus Christ.
For more information on how you could get involved, please contact Angela Pfanner.
JOY (Just Older Youth)
The J.O.Y. Club is a group of fun-loving adults! There is no age requirement, but most of the members are over the age of 50. The J.O.Y. club meets for a variety of activities, such as day trips, mission projects, Bible studies and luncheons.
We just need you to join in the fun and excitement! If you are young at heart and have a fun and light sense of humor, you are more than welcome to join us anytime. You will be amazed at how much fun you can really have when you put your mind to it.
If you are young at heart and looking for a way to connect, please join us anytime. Our mission is to make connections with each other while growing in the spirit and love of God. For more info, contact our coordinator Marilyn Rech.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.