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 for you to participate 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. 


Rachel Estes
Director of Outreach & Missions
rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org | 205.874.1566

Seasonal opportunities

Easter Baskets

Canterbury sponsors over 150 baskets for children through local ministries.  Members are invited to fill a basket and help share an Easter blessing.

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.

Avondale Samaritan Place

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. 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.

Church of the Reconciler

This is a Methodist congregation ministering to our homeless brothers and sisters in Christ. Canterbury serves lunch on the 4th Sunday of each month. Consider giving 90 minutes of your time a month to this meaningful ministry.


STAIR is on a mission to improve reading skills and self-esteem of second graders through one-on-one tutoring. 90 minutes a week for 16 weeks can make such a difference.

Family Promise

This ministry is one of only two shelters for homeless families. Canterbury hosts families quarterly in the Scout Hut. Consider bringing dinner, spending the night, or washing bedding and towels.

Panera Food Ministry

Canterbury is responsible for picking up Panera donations twice a week and delivering to ministries for redistribution.  You can help by volunteering your time one day a month to this ministry.

Rise Against Hunger

Please join us for our annual meal packing event, Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now, in Canterbury Hall February 10-12, 2019.



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
  • Study
  • Prayers
  • Fellowship

To learn more about United Methodist Women or to get involved, click the button below.