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Welcome to youth at Canterbury

Junior High and Senior High are major times of transition for students. We want to come alongside students and parents during this transition and provide a place for students to feel safe, grow in their relationship with God, have fun, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

What We Believe


We believe that God has called us to a life of worship. While music and prayer are a part of the life, we believe that God has called us to also understand worship as a continuous action. This means that we view every breath we take as an opportunity to worship God with our words, actions, thoughts, and passion.


We believe that God has given all of humanity the amazing gift of thought and learning. At Canterbury, that gift is something that we value deeply. We believe in a thoughtful and inquisitive faith that is more afraid of simple answers than it is of difficult questions. 


We believe that God has called us to love our neighbor. Throughout Scripture, we see God calling us to do that with not only our words, but with our actions. We believe that when Jesus called us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, and proclaim the good news of our Lord, he literally meant it all. 

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Weekly Events


Sunday School

Sunday Mornings | 9:15 AM
7th - 12th Grade | Canterbury Hall

Sunday mornings are times when we dive deep into the Bible. Students begin each morning with announcements, games, and a table discussion about a topic presented from one of our youth staff. Join us!


Sunday Nights | 5 PM - 6:30 PM
7th - 12th Grade | Youth Center

MYF is a great night to come and have a lot of fun, play games, eat together, and worship. We begin the night in the Canterbury Hall followed by a games and small groups. We will then move into a time of worship with a message from one of your youth staff. This is a great time to bring a friend!



Wednesday Nights | 6 PM - 7 PM
7th - 12th Grade | Youth Center

Wednesday nights are a time for worship, games, and more in depth Bible study. We split into a Jr. High and a Sr. High groups. Join us each Wednesday night as we dive deeper into what God is doing in and through our lives.





Project Hope Mission

One of our core values here at Canterbury is that we should always be searching for ways to be in service to our neighbor. We believe this so much in the student ministry that we have dedicated an entire section of our ministry to fulfilling that central calling of Jesus in our lives. We call this effort "Project Hope." Every month we offer opportunities for our youth to participate in local and area wide mission projects. Below you will find this month's opportunities.


Firehouse Shelter

1st Tuesday of Each Month | 5:45 - 8:00 PM

Each month we travel downtown to the men's Firehouse Shelter where we prepare a homemade dinner and serve it to the homeless men who stay at the shelter. This is a great ministry where you are able to serve along side your friends.



Upcoming Events


Journey Retreat

November 22-24, 2019
Talladega, AL

What is Journey? And, why name a trip Journey? Well, you see we love the band Journey. We celebrate their whole music library — “Faithfully”, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Wheel in the Sky” — we could go on and on. So, we named the retreat after Steve Perry and company. But enough about the band Journey. How about the trip Journey? 

Journey is a weekend trip for our Junior & Senior High students where we will spend the weekend off-campus at Shocco Springs in Talladega, AL. We have fun sessions that are filled with games, worship, and messages specifically designed to bring students closer to each other & to Christ. It’s a jam-packed, fun weekend, and we want your student to join us!

Registration closes on November 17th!

Cost: $325

Curious about what Journey was like last year? Take a look at this video to find out more!


Student scholarships are available for the Journey Retreat. Please contact Elizabeth Hayes if you would like to know more about our scholarships.

**Cancellation Policy: For the Journey Retreat, cancellations before November 1, 2019 may be given a partial to full refund. Cancellations after November 1st will still be required to pay the full amount, unless we find someone to replace your student's spot on that trip.

Discovery Weekend

March 6-8, 2020
Canterbury UMC

Discovery Weekend is the best weekend in the life of our church, and we are not just saying this. We really mean it! This is an incredible weekend put on for our Junior High students where our High School students are given leadership roles such as giving talks, leading small groups, and more.  It all takes place here at the church, and it is so exciting to be a part of. Your student is not going to want to miss this weekend!

Registration will open on January 6th!

Cost: TBA

Curious about what Discovery Weekend looks like? Check out our Highlight Video below to find out!


Student scholarships are available for Discovery Weekend. Please contact Elizabeth Hayes if you would like to know more about our scholarships.

**Cancellation Policy: For Discovery Weekend, cancellations before February 1, 2020 may be given a partial to full refund. Cancellations after February 1st will still be required to pay the full amount, unless we find someone to replace your student's spot on that trip.




Weekly email

We want to make sure that you are always up-to-date with the latest in Youth@Canterbury News. We communicate each week with parents through a weekly email that includes the happenings for that week and what you can look forward to in the upcoming months. If you would like to receive this weekly email please subscribe above, and you will be added to our mailing list. 

Text messages

To stay in the know about all things Youth@Canterbury, you and your student should sign up for our text messages! To sign up, text @cumc350 to the number 81010.


We post frequently to both our Instagram and Facebook pages, and we would love for you to follow along! You’ll find pictures from events, news about upcoming events, and more on these pages.

We also post videos from retreats and events on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe to our channel to follow along!

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meet the team


Seth Moon
Director of Student Ministries

Gann Waters-Wright
High School Coordinator

Elizabeth Hayes
Logistics Coordinator

Natalie Moon
Youth Assistant