Canterbury UMC
Wednesday, April 16, 2014




2014 Winter Catalog


Canterbury United Methodist Church offers a wide variety of classes to enrich the lives of our church members and community. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, stress-free place where individuals have the opportunity to grow spiritually, meet new people, make new friends, and learn something new. We believe that we are all on this journey together and that collectively we are stronger and can encourage one another to refocus our lives. It’s not just about learning; it’s about community.

Childcare only available for classes that have a  symbol next to the class title. You must reserve a spot by contacting Amanda Fuller at or 205.874.1546 and let her know what class, day and time.

Lent Study – Hands on Faith: Taking our Spirituality into the World
Fact: Surveys show that there is no observable difference between Christian and non-Christian lifestyles. Jesus didn't come so we would feel different.  Jesus came so we could be different.
Wednesday night study groups begin on March 12.
Bill's Book Club
The last Book Club meeting for the school year will be on Wed. night, April 30th. The book for April is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger. Nominated for the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel, it is an unforgettable story about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. Anyone who would like to meet is welcome as Dr. Morgan leads the discussion. Books are available for purchase in the Adult Resource Center.
April 30th, 6:15-7:15 pm in M200, Adult Resource Center/Library

Knit Wits

Put your knitting talents to good use! Come join us knitting prayer shawls for those who are sick or in need. We supply the yard. All ages welcome for this time of fellowship and caring for others. No sign up necessary. If you are unable to attend, yarn can be supplied for you to work at home. First and Third Tuesdays (ongoing) • 1:30 pm  • Location: Parlor


Canterbury Core Disciples - Men's Bible Study

Beginning January 8 • Wednesdays, 6:30 am - 7:30 am
Location: A127 Pathways 
Facilitators: Kevin Alexander and Brad Spencer
Join this men's discipleship group working to become better disciples in the Christian faith and in turn, be better husbands, fathers, sons, friends, etc. Previous studies have included C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, David Platt's Radical, and Invitation to John.
Wednesday Mornings with Bill Morgan
Beginning January 8, Wednesdays, 7:30 am -8:30 am
Location: A122 Conference Room
Facilitator: Bill Morgan

Study and conversation with the senior minister about the scripture for the upcoming Sunday’s sermons. 

Sign up.

  Bette Owen's Bible Study - Parables from the Back Side 
Beginning February 26, Wednesdays, 10:00 am – Noon,
Location: M226 Seekers
Facilitator: Bette Owen
Ellsworth Kalas offers a new understanding of twelve of Jesus’ parables by viewing them through the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character.
Beginning February 4, Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:00 noon
Location: A127, Pathways
Facilitators: Bill and Betty Gunn
Ellsworth Kalas opens up new possibilities of insight into selected Old Testament stories by entering them through the “back side” – through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new “lens,” or the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character.
Beginning March 4, Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30 am 
Location: A123 Renneker
Facilitator: Laura Sisson
This James Howell study will help you find ways to apply faith to your daily life and make evident your commitment to Christ. By considering all that Jesus did with his hands as a teacher, a healer, and a compassionate servant, Howell challenges readers to be the hands and feet and love of Christ in the world.


Mother's Bible Study
Beginning February 19, Wednesdays, 9:00-11:00 am
Location: M227 Aldersgate
Facilitators: Betty McKewen and Suzanne Payne

Nehemiah's heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. In this Kelly Minter study, you'll find authentic Bible teaching, recipes, and real-life ways to put feet to your faith. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?  Sign up.

The Holy Land Revealed 
Beginning January 8, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: M227 Aldersgate
Facilitator: Jordan Gervin
Delivered by archaeologist and award-winning Professor Jodi Magness of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has spent her career excavating at sites in and around Israel, these  lectures give you an insider's look at how archaeology helps us relive and encounter firsthand life during this formative period of human civilization. And it's a chance to get up close and personal with ruins, artifacts, murals, documents, and other long-buried objects that will take you deep beneath the pages of the Bible. Sign up.
Canterbury Academy
In the Footsteps of St. Francis/Evil and the Justice of God
Time: Sundays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Begins: January 12, Extent: 12 weeks
Facilitator: Oliver Clark
Come join us for a 12-week walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. We will explore the theology of this 13th century Christian, whose life was dedicated to walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Our guide will be Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar from New Mexico where he directs the Center for Action and Contemplation. The primary textbook s will be Yes, And …; and Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self.  Sign Up.
Click here to download the 2014 Spring Adult Learning Catalog.