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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. 



Rachel Estes
Director of Outreach & Missions | 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 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

Donate Food:
If you want to donate food to the Brown Bag Project, please review the check list below. 

  • Peanut Butter
  • Tuna
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Meat Dinners or hearty soups
  • Condensed Soups
  • Canned Fruits
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Meat Dinners
  • Cereal or Oatmeal

Scripture Verses:

Please consider helping prepare scripture verses to go into each meal bag or donate food to the Emergency Pantry. 


Susan Dowdey
Director of Brown Bag Project | 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
  • Study
  • Prayers
  • Fellowship

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

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 beginning Sunday, February 11.


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.

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.