Asbury United Methodist Church began as Wilmington Manor Methodist Church in 1945, after first meeting in a Roller Skating Rink near where Wilmington University is today. The first church was built across Route 40, on a spot presently occupied by Season’s Pizza. After outgrowing our initial church building, the church relocated in 1957 to its present location at the intersection of 141 (Basin Road) and 40, and changed our name to Asbury, taking the name and legacy of the first Methodist Church in the city of Wilmington.
Throughout our 70-year history, the people of Asbury Church have celebrated, and continue to celebrate, a faith in Jesus Christ lived out among our neighbors in both good times and bad. We enjoy serving and helping others in the name and spirit of Christ as much as we enjoy celebrating (or dramatizing, or singing about) the Good News of Jesus in worship.
Our Easter morning pageants have drawn 8000 people to Gracelawn Cemetery, where we celebrated the power of Christ’s resurrection over the sadness of death. A scout troop and cub scout pack, a volleyball league, and 54 pre-school children call us home. God’s love calls and inspires us to send mission teams to Appalachian Service Project, the Dominican Republic, and feed hundreds of people every month through the Emmanuel Dining Room, Brown Bag, and Food Closet ministries.
We worship Sunday mornings at 10:15 and welcome everyone to join in the celebration. We don’t put on airs – our seventh pastor, Tracy Mooney, loves to celebrate a faith that’s real – a faith that endures. Just as we started in a Skating Rink, we’re ready to make use of any new opportunity to share and experience Christ’s love. But we’re not into fads that fade tomorrow. We’re your neighbors in Christ, come what may.
Join us and find the home you’ve been looking for.