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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 first 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, 2K - 4K

Sunday School

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Our children ages 2-years through 3rd grade will be using a new curriculum called “Whirl,” which emphasizes United Methodist theology while we study the Bible from beginning to end over a two-year period.

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 assigned classroom each Sunday.

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

Wednesday Nights

6 PM - 7 PM

L.A.M.B.S (Lessons, Art, and Music for Beginners) meets in C117 located on the first floor of the Children's building. This class is for children 3K and 4K. 


Contact

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


Lower Elementary, K5 - 3rd Grade

Sunday School

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Our children ages 2-years through 3rd grade will be using a new curriculum called “Whirl,” which emphasizes United Methodist theology while we study the Bible from beginning to end over a two-year period. 

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 assigned classroom each Sunday.

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

Wednesday Nights

6 PM - 7 PM

Children's Choir and Bible Study in room C210 located on the second floor the Children's building. This class is for children 5K through 2nd grade. 


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 assigned classroom each Sunday.

  • 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

Children's Choir and Bible Study in room C210 located on the second floor the Children's building. This class is for children 3rd through 5th grades.  


Contact

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


Confirmation, 6th Grade

Sunday School

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Year-long Confirmation Classes and special activities prepare these older children to make a public profession of faith and accept the vows of full church membership. These classes are held on the third floor. For more information, please visit the Confirmation page.

Wednesday Nights

6 PM - 7 PM

This special programming is held in M117.


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. 

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Events

 

Click on the link above to check out our two Summer Camps we are offering this summer! Space is limited.

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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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