Church focus: Asbury United Methodist Church

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Asbury United Methodist Church began in 1986 with four adults and. two children.

Twenty years later Asbury is one of the largest churches in the Birmingham area, with a membership of nearly 2,200 and an average Sunday attendance of 1,250 people.

The church is led by senior pastor Mark Lacey and currently has a staff of 26 people serving its members and the local community.

&8220;Asbury United Methodist Church has a dynamic future before it,&8221; Lacey said. &8220;The church is vibrant, alive and filled with the joy that Christ has promised us.&8221;

The church moved to its current location on Highway 119 in 1994 after out quickly outgrowing its old home.

Asbury&8217;s vision is to have 100 percent of it members attending a small group study, making a financial contribution and having an average worship attendance of 2005 people each week.

Asbury members spend a good amount of hours in the local community, ministering to the needy and helping to improve peoples&8217; way of life.

&8220;We are committed to reaching out to others in the role of servanthood,&8221; Lacey said.

&8220;Asbury supports many causes that further the love of Christ in our community, however, we also believe in &8220;hands-on&8221; ministry that takes us to many different places.

From Helena to Eldoret, Kenya, we go where God calls.&8221;

The church offers numerous adult, youth, children and senior ministries throughout the week.

&8220;Being an active part of a community of faith that enables us to know Jesus Christ in an intimate way is essential to our overall health and well being,&8221; Lacey said.

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Worship schedule

Traditional Service (Sanctuary) – 8:30 a.m.

Contemporary Service (Christian Life Center) – 8:30 a.m.

Sunday school – 9:45 a.m.

Traditional service (Sanctuary and Christian Life Center) – 11 a.m.

Contact information

Address: One Asbury Way

Birmingham, AL 35242

Phone: 995-1700

Web: www.asburyonline.or