Jesus is the center of our common life at Asbury Church. We worship, pray, serve, and give because of the love he first showed us. As part of the United Methodist Church, our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In the power of the Spirit, we desire to share the love of God with all people.
126 Years of Sharing Christ
A hundred years ago on the Trinity College baseball fields, the sound of cracking bats would stop each Sunday morning, while choruses of old hymns rose from the bleachers... Folks might not have known it then, but those informal gatherings -- at the edge of the bustling mill village called West Durham -- were the beginnings of a church... The congregation, which began as West Durham Methodist Church, is proud of its long-standing ties to Duke and the west side of town... Rooted in a tight mill community where people lived, worked and played together, Asbury Methodist now finds itself in a spread-out city where textiles are little more than a historical footnote.
Through the 1950's and 60's Asbury Church was at the heart of the Trinity Heights neighborhood. Community members flocked to the church for softball leagues, organ concerts, and an annual Christmas tree lot. United Methodist Youth Fellowship on Sunday evenings, Sunday school pageants at Christmas, and covered dish suppers made Asbury Church a wonderful place to grow up and raise a family. But as generations changed, and with it the culture around us, Asbury began a long, slow decline from vitality.
Asbury Church has been in a season of revitalization for the last four years. Our historic building now proudly hosts two new start-up United Methodist congregations (La Semilla, and the I Am Project), one of the finest preschools in Durham, and the Walltown Neighborhood Ministries food bank. The congregation has recently entered into partnership with the North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church to become the site of a new worshiping community. As we trust God with death and change, so we also trust God with our resurrection. Beginning with the I Am project in August of 2018, we will be moving forward together into a future that will be different, but that will be as full of faith, hope and love as our history.