Outreach at Canterbury
Following Jesus and Serving Others is not only important but it's a win/win- every time someone connects with another through service- both hearts and lives are enriched! Below is a list of opportunities through Canterbury UMC and as always, if your passion is not identified below- please contact us and we will get you engaged where God needs you most.
Director of Outreach & Missions
firstname.lastname@example.org | 205.874.1566
Learn more about Service Opportunities
brown bag project
Purpose: To help people in our community who finds themselves in need of food assistance.
Mission: To share Christ’s love and uphold his teaching from Matthew 25:35.
For Those in Need
Clients 18 and over may come twice a month to receive a meal bag. Brown Bag is open on Fridays (see the schedule below) from 8:30 - 10:30.
Canterbury Member and Social Service Agency Representative Information
During office hours at reception Tuesdays-Thursdays, you may request and pick up meal bags for people in need who you know cannot join us on Fridays. Contact Susan Dowdey at email@example.com two days prior to your pick-up date. Be prepared to give the receptionist the name, age, and zip code of the person receiving the meal bag.
Volunteer with Us
Join us at 10:00 a.m. as we unload the food truck and pack meals together in the dining hall. This is an easy, fun way to serve others with your church family, and we welcome volunteers of all ages.
If you want to welcome the men and women who receive food assistance, help us serve them a Continental Breakfast from 8:30 AM -10:30 AM in Canterbury Hall.
Bag Distribution is ongoing from 8:30-10:30 from Canterbury Hall.
other ways to volunteer
If you want to donate food to the Brown Bag Project, please review the check list below.
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Meat Dinners or hearty soups
- Condensed Soups
- Canned Fruits
- Mac and Cheese
- Meat Dinners
- Cereal or Oatmeal
Please consider helping prepare scripture verses to go into each meal bag or donate food to the Emergency Pantry.
Director of Brown Bag Project
firstname.lastname@example.org | 205.871.4695
Encore is designed to empower those with memory loss to live fully and live well, and is open to people of all faith backgrounds in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Our program is progressive, interactive and affirming, incorporating elements of creative and cultural arts, civic service, fitness, intellectual stimulation, and social and spiritual fulfillment. This invigorating program adapts itself to the interests and individual strengths of its participants.
To learn more about Encore, please click the button below to visit their website.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women support local and global mission projects and partners to improve the lives of women, children, and youth through:
- Hands on service
- Fundraising for scholarships and grants
To learn more about United Methodist Women or to get involved, click the button below.
Avondale Samaritan Place
At the recently renovated gym at Avondale United Methodist Church, Canterbury UMC and Avondale UMC share a joint vision: To serve the immediate needs of men and women in the community while leading them toward a more productive future. The new Avondale Samaritan Place, a Community Hub for Christian Service, currently addresses food, housing, and elderly-assistance needs through three key ministries: Avondale Food Co-op, Carpenter’s Hands, and Beeson Senior Services. Together, Canterbury United Methodist Church and Avondale United Methodist Church have created a place to serve the Avondale community.
To learn more about Avondale Samaritan Place, please visit their website
Canterbury sponsors over 150 baskets for children through local ministries. Members are invited to fill a basket and help share an Easter blessing.
Festival of Three Kings
A Canterbury tradition of providing families with gifts to give to their children for Christmas.
Samaritan Place Market: A Christmas Village
In 2017, Canterbury piloted a new holiday initiative opening up a “pop-up” store for parents to shop for new toys for their children at affordable prices. Shopping was by invitation only.