This local church is building positivity through Vacation Bible School, a new labyrinth garden + more


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Vacation Bible School creates lasting memories for kids of all ages. (Asbury UMC)

The Greater Birmingham Area is an amazing place, thriving with businesses, incredible food and friendly people. It’s also full of communities coming together to lift each other up and make a difference. Read on to learn a few ways Asbury United Methodist Church is doing its part to positively impact locals.

1. They’re bringing serenity with a new labyrinth project

Labyrinth Prayer Garden rendering. (Johnson & Co)

Asbury has an all-new project in the works, and it’s going to bring peace and calm to locals. On Easter Sunday, they launched a campaign to build a prayer labyrinth on their campus. Its purpose—to provide the Greater Birmingham Area community with a place to mediate and pray.

Unsure what a labyrinth is? Asbury filled us in on a few things to know:

  • They are often circular in shape with a single winding path into and out of its center.
  • Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has no obstacles or dead ends.
  • They have been used for centuries as a spiritual symbol of pilgrimage toward God.
Labyrinth garden rendering. (©)

Labyrinths can also be created in a beautiful setting. Asbury’s will feature a garden setting and will include:

  • Trees, shrubbery + flowers
  • Water fountain
  • Benches

Want to help this garden grow? Click here to learn more about Asbury’s prayer labyrinth and donate to the project.

2. They are creating amazing experiences through VBS + Summer Camps

Fun and friends at Vacation Bible School. (Asbury UMC)

Seeking ways to keep your kids busy and entertained this summer? You’ve come to the right place! Asbury is offering 13 Summer Camps designed for kids in elementary school. 

Camps are held in the morning or afternoon during select weeks in June and July. Bonus: You can double the fun by enrolling your child in Vacation Bible School and camp for an all-day experience. 

Here’s a peek at some of the fun your child can have at Asbury this summer:

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School
What is your child interested in learning? (Asbury UMC)
  • What to expect: Worship with music and dancing, crafts, science and games. For an all-day experience, VBS can be combined with Chess, Princess or LaCrosse camps.
  • Registration open to: Rising Kindergarteners-6th graders
  • When: Monday, June 26-Thursday, June 29 | 8:30AM-Noon
  • Cost: $5
  • Register now

Martial Arts Camp

  • What to expect: Your karate-lovin’ youngster will learn martial arts skills that stress athletic and emotional well-being as well as character development.
  • Registration open to: Rising second-sixth grade
  • When: Tuesday, June 6-Thursday, June 8 | 12:30-2PM
  • Cost: $60
  • Register now

Chess Camp

  • What to expect: Kids will learn fundamental chess moves and skills, plus test their skills by playing games with other campers.
  • Registration open to: Rising 2nd-6th graders
  • When: Monday, June 26-Thursday, June 29 | 12:30-3PM
  • Cost: $85
  • Register now

Art Camp

Let your child’s inner artist loose at art camp. (Asbury UMC)
  • What to expect: Budding artists will learn about origami, water colors, drawing and print art.
  • Registration open to: Rising 2nd-6th graders
  • When: Wednesday, July 12-Friday, July 14 | 1-3PM
  • Cost: $70
  • Register now

Soccer Camp

  • What to expect: Sports fans will learn passing, dribbling skills and rules as well as play games.
  • Registration open to: Rising 2nd-6th graders
  • When: Tuesday, July 18-Thursday, July 20 | 9:30AM-Noon
  • Cost: $70
  • Register now

Science Camp

Science fun. (Asbury UMC)
  • What to expect: Young scientists will explore life under a microscope to discover cells, bacteria + more. 
  • Registration open to: Rising 2nd-6th graders
  • When: Tuesday, July 18-Thursday, July 20 | 12:30-3PM
  • Cost: $70
  • Register now

There are many more Summer Camps to take part in at Asbury. Check out the full list and sign up

3. They are nurturing and guiding local children

Asbury UMC, CASA Day School
Locals kids love CASA. (Asbury UMC)

Another way Asbury is positively impacting the Greater Birmingham Area is through their unique children’s program. CASA (Children Are Special at Asbury) is a Mothers Day Out, Preschool and Pre-K program designed for children ages two months to five years. 

The pros:

  • It helps parents by providing their children with a loving and nurturing place. 
  • It provides a curriculum that jumpstarts preschoolers education through core elements like pre-reading, pre-math, social skill development and self-esteem promotion. 

BONUS: CASA also offers a Summer Fun Program designed for babies, preschoolers and elementary students through sixth grade.

Info + Registration:

  • Learn more + register for CASA’s 2023-2024 school year here.
  • Learn more + register for CASA’s Summer Fun Program here

Want to learn about more ways Asbury United Methodist Church is positively impacted the Greater Birmingham Area? Visit their website and follow them on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

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