Grace Fellowship takes place at and is sponsored by First Baptist Church at Monument Ave & The Boulevard in Richmond. The program provides food, fellowship & worship to approximately 90 people, mostly homeless. Asbury Memorial participates by providing a meal for the guests & serving it at First Baptist twice a year. We currently are scheduled to serve the first Thursdays of November & May.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
We are excited about the “Prayer Shawl Ministry” at Asbury! Special thanks to Myrne McGonigle, Linda Collins, Judy Gindhart, Pat Wilson, and Tom McGonigle for their hard work and dedication in making this ministry possible.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?
If you knit, crochet or sew we would love to have you create Prayer Items to donate for this program. We are not limited to any specific pattern for Prayer Items.
If you do not knit, crochet or sew we would love to have you participate by tying the cards onto the Prayer Items and helping to place them on the altar when we have enough to bless.
We would like all members to come to the altar and bless Prayer Items on the designated Sunday.
DO YOU MEET AS A GROUP?
We do not meet as a formal group as yet because there are only a few artists creating the Prayer Items.
We would love to involve all parishioners who meet at Asbury Memorial UMC to participate in this program.
Thank you for allowing us to provide this important ministry for you and your loved ones.
A BRIEF HISTORY: In 1998, Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women’s Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS. Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every stitch. Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God! (Copyright ©2017-http://shawlministry.com/)
2018 Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a great ministry for the youngest in our community. Every year in July, we celebrate God’s love with bible stories, crafts, dancing, and lots more!
Your generosity is making a difference. We believe in the power of generosity, what it does for the individual doing the giving, and for the purpose that the giving supports.
Throughout scripture, we are reminded of the importance of giving back a portion of what God has so generously provided. Giving is an act of worship and obedience, and should be done cheerfully with a spirit of thanksgiving. So, what do we give?
We did nothing to earn the hours, the days, the weeks of our lives. Time is a gift of God. How we choose to use it is a matter of stewardship. Some people lead lives of frenetic activity, always over-extending themselves to the point of exhaustion, while others sit around in apathetic boredom. Some spend all their hours serving the needs of others at the expense of their own, while others live only for themselves.
As Christian stewards we try to manage time wisely and in a balanced way. And we give our time gladly to family and friends, to strangers, to the community, the church, and to ourselves.
Do you remember Jesus’ parable of the three servants who received different amounts of money to manage while the master was away? We’ve each received from God distinctive gifts and talents. How we develop and use these talents is a matter of stewardship. Like two of the servants in Jesus’ story, we can invest them wisely — or like the third, out of fear we can hide them (Matthew 25:14-30).
As stewards, we acknowledge the gifts we have without apology. We develop them further, practicing new skills and putting our talents to work in ministry.
We may think that our financial resources are our own. But when we recall that the time, the energy, the good health, and the opportunities for employment behind these dollars are all gifts from God, we see that the funds belong to God too. We are the stewards; God is the owner. So questions about what we earn, how we earn it, how we save, spend, and give it away, are all questions of Christian stewardship.
One vital aspect of our stewardship is our giving to Christ’s work in the world. We’ve learned that giving is most effective when we commit ourselves to give a definite proportion of our income through the church. For many, this proportion is one-tenth, or a tithe. Whatever the amount, we have discovered the joy in giving to God the “first fruits,” an amount “off the top” of our income, not what’s left over at the end of the month.
— Excerpt from The United Methodist Member’s Handbook Revised and Expanded, pgs. 20-21, George E. Koehler © 2006, Discipleship Resources.
Every child of God is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, specially gifted to play a unique and valued role in the body of Christ. No one is without gift or purpose.
Spiritual gifts are not our talents or skills. They are the grace of God at work within us, empowering us to match our deep passions with the world’s deep need. The gifts are given to individuals, but they are given to build and strengthen community and to meet the needs of those around us.
Begin the journey. Discover your gifts. Talk about your gifts with others. Strive together to understand your gifts and how you can use them to serve God, neighbor, and world. You have been gifted. You have been given a purpose.
If you are interested in taking a spiritual gift inventory to determine how God has gifted you, please contact Pastor Jason at