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welcome to children's ministry

We are so happy to welcome you and your child to Canterbury! As United Methodists, we believe that children are important members of the family of God and are deserving of our best efforts in ministry. Our prayer is that the bonds of faith that begin in early childhood will lead to an eternal relationship with God and His church. Our mission is, with God’s help, to welcome, nurture, and equip all children according to the United Methodist tradition so that they may choose to follow Jesus and serve others.


Spiritual Roadmap

The focus of Canterbury’s Children and Student Ministries is to create a spiritual learning environment that will support our children so that by the time they graduate from high school or college, they will be fully equipped for faithful living as disciples of Jesus Christ and empowered to fulfill His call to “Love Your Neighbor.”


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Age Groups

 

The Children's Ministry at Canterbury United Methodist is broken up into several different age groups that are designed to help your child learn and grow as they begin their spiritual walk.

 

Nursery, 6 Weeks - 4 Years

Sunday Mornings

During all services + Sunday School

Children’s Ministry at Canterbury begins at birth. Nursery is provided for infants and preschoolers for all regularly scheduled worship services. Nursery for other activities and church events can be provided. Please feel free to contact Selena Pitsch with any questions about nursery. Canterbury uses a computer check-in system as part of our Safe Sanctuary Policy.

Wednesday Nights

6 PM - 7 PM

Childcare is provided for children under two years old. Three and four year old LAMBS meet on the second floor of the Children's building, enjoying lessons, art, and music for beginners. 


PlayCare

Monday - Thursday | 9 AM - 1 PM

Our mission is to provide care for parents of young children of Canterbury, and our community. We provide a loving, caring and fun environment for children ages 6 weeks through 4 years of age. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

To make a reservation, contact canterburyplaycare@gmail.com. It is recommended that reservations be made at least 24 hours in advance, we will do all we can to accommodate short notice reservations. You will receive a reply advising if there is a spot for your child. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance, or you will be billed for your child's reserved spot.

COST

  • $15 for 2 hours (not available during Summer Session)

  • $30 for 4 hours

*You can pay online through your bank - create a bill payment for PLAYCARE to Canterbury United Methodist Church. We currently do not accept other online forms of payment. We accept checks only, we do not accept cash.
 

PARENTS MUST SUPPLY

  • Diapers, Pull-ups

  • Labeled Change of Clothes (essential for potty training children)

  • Formula, Bottles

  • Baby Food and Utensils

  • Lunch must be provided for children staying after 11:00


Contact

Selena Pitsch
Nursery & Playcare Director
selena.pitsch@canterburyumc.org | 205.874.1546



Preschool, 3K - 4K

Sunday School

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Our children ages 2 -years through 3rd grade will be using the Deep Blue curriculum.

Sunday School Reminders:

  • Be sure and use our check-in system to register your child’s attendance at any Check-In Station.

  • Sunday School begins at 9:15 and ends at 10:15.

  • All children begin in assembly and then dispute to their Sunday School classes.

  • Help your child remember their Bible and offering to Sunday School each week

Wednesday Nights

6 PM - 7 PM

3K and 4K will meet at 6:00pm in room C213 on the second floor of the Children’s Building for choir, and then move to room C216 for Lambs.


Contact

Ashley Preston
Preschool Ministries Director
ashley.preston@canterburyumc.org | 205.874.1522



Elementary, K5 - 3rd Grade

Sunday School

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Our children ages 2-years through 3rd grade will be using the Deep Blue curriculum.

Sunday School Reminders:

  • Be sure and use our check-in system to register your child’s attendance at any Check-In Station.

  • Sunday School begins at 9:15 and ends at 10:15.

  • All children will begin in assembly in Hallelujah Hall in C208 then will dispute to their Sunday School classrooms.

  • Help your child remember their Bible and offering to Sunday School each week

Wednesday Nights

6 PM - 7 PM

  • Kindergarten will meet at 6:00pm in room C222 on the second floor of the Children’s Building and then move to room C213 for their choir time.

  • 1st– 5th Graders will meet at 6:00pm in Hallelujah Hall in room C208 for a full hour of choir for two Wednesday nights and then have Bible Study in room C206 for one Wednesday night. We will follow this pattern from August 28 through December 4. We feel that giving our children a full hour of music alternating with a full hour of Bible study will allow them to learn and grow in their faith.


Contact

Amanda Fuller
Director of Lower Elementary
amanda.fuller@canterburyumc.org | 205.874.1542



Upper Elementary, 4th - 5th Grade

Sunday School

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

KingDOME is for 4th and 5th graders and can be found on the third floor of the Main Building. Using a workshop rotation model and under the guidance of committed adult leaders, children learn the major stories of Scripture in a two-year rotation that includes an engaging assembly time, Bible memory work, and hands-on activities.

Sunday School Reminders:

  • Be sure and use our check-in system to register your child’s attendance at any Check-In Station.

  • Sunday School begins at 9:15 and ends at 10:15.

  • All children will go directly to their gathering time in room M300.

  • Sign a release form if you wish for your child to meet you somewhere instead of you picking them up (4th & 5th grade).

  • Help your child remember their Bible and offering to Sunday School each week

Wednesday Nights

6 PM - 7 PM

1st– 5th Graders will meet at 6:00pm in Hallelujah Hall in room C208 for a full hour of choir for two Wednesday nights and then have Bible Study in room C206 for one Wednesday night. We will follow this pattern from August 28 through December 4. We feel that giving our children a full hour of music alternating with a full hour of Bible study will allow them to learn and grow in their faith.


Contact

Amy Knight
KingDOME Ministries Director
amy.knight@canterburyumc.org | 205.874.1557



RISE, 6th Grade

Rise is the ministry for 6th grade students designed to bridge biblical knowledge with real life application in an age-appropriate way. RISE meets on the third floor on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. and Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. Sunday mornings are filled with games and small group lessons. Wednesday nights are taught by the pastoral staff to allow 6th graders an opportunity to get to know their pastors. Rise students also have the opportunity to participate in fellowship and service activities throughout the year.

Sunday School

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Room 308. Games and small group lessons designed to bridge biblical knowledge with real life application in an age-appropriate way.

Wednesday Nights

6 PM - 7 PM

Room 308. Wednesday night classes are taught by the pastoral staff to allow 6th graders an opportunity to get to know their pastors.s


CONTACT

Amy Dobbins
RISE Coordinator
ahdobbins@gmail.com



B.U.D.S. (Special Needs Children)

Canterbury's B.U.D.S. ministry is Building Understanding, Discipleship, and Support for special needs children and their families. Through this program, children with special needs are assigned a “buddy” who will attend age-specific programming with the child to provide assistance and stability. B.U.D.S. is available to any child, birth through 6th grade, at the request of their parents. 


CONTACT

Ashley VanScyoc
Children's Ministry Admin
ashley.vanscyoc@canterburyumc.org


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Events

 

Rise event -- Bowling, laser tag and games at spare time in trussville for 6th graders

Sunday, Oct 27 / 3:30 - 6:30 PM

Register your 6th grader today for a fun filled Sunday afternoon with their RISE friends! 
Bowling, Laser Tag and Games at Spare Time Trussville

  • $10 a person

  • Sunday, Oct 27

  • 3:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Drop off and pick up at the church. We'll take the church buses to Spare Time in Trussville.

  • Guests are welcome to come! Please register each person.

*If you prefer to drop off and pick up from Spare Time, please note it on your registration.

RISE: Bowling, Laser Tag and Games
Payment option:
RISE EVENT REGISTRATION

Advent Family Night and Pictures with Santa!

  • Registration coming soon!

  • Event date: Wednesday, December 11 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Come enjoy a night of fun and fellowship making an Advent craft, having dinner and getting your picture made with Santa Claus!


Wednesday nights resume August, 28th.

Join us on Wednesday nights for Choir and Bible Study at 6 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Children's Building.

To ensure that our children have the opportunity to learn their music and sing in worship, as well as 1 hour of in-depth time of Bible study, we are organizing our Wednesday night programming differently this year.

  • 1st– 5th Graders will meet at 6:00pm in Hallelujah Hall in room C208 for a full hour of choir for two Wednesday nights and then have Bible Study in room C206 for one Wednesday night. We will follow this pattern from August 28 through December 4. We feel that giving our children a full hour of music alternating with a full hour of Bible study will allow them to learn and grow in their faith.

  • Kindergarten will meet at 6:00pm in room C222 and then move to room C213 for their choir time.

  • 3K and 4K will meet at 6:00pm in room C213 for choir, and then move to room C216 for Lambs.

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Volunteer

 

We need volunteers for every Children's Ministry event that happens at Canterbury. If you are interested in working with children or helping behind the scenes, we have a job that will fit your interests and talents!

To volunteer, complete our volunteer application and background check form below and email it to ashley.vanscyoc@canterburyumc.org.

For more information, contact:

Ashley VanScyoc
Children's Ministry Administrator
ashley.vanscyoc@canterburyumc.org | 205.874.1554

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