Welcome to youth at Canterbury

Middle School and High School are major times of transition for students. We want to come along side 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!

MYF - Sunday Night Worship

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!


TMIT - The Most Important Thing

Tuesday Mornings | 6:45 AM - 7:30 AM
7th - 9th Grade | Youth Center

At TMIT, our Jr. High students eat breakfast together and divide into gender-specific groups for specialized bible studies led by different adults from Canterbury. After TMIT, students walk down to the school together.

Rise - Sr. High Breakfast Group

Tuesday Mornings | 6:45 AM - 7:30 AM
10th - 12th Grade | Piggly Wiggly

Rise is our Sr. High morning devotional group where students meet for a time of Bible study, discussion, and fellowship.



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 look deeply 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 | 6 PM - 8:30 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.

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Upcoming Events


Discovery Weekend

March 1-3, 2019 | $150

Discovery Weekend is one of the most meaningful weekends in the life of our church! This is a weekend put on specifically for Jr. High students by our Sr. High students and adult leaders. Use the links below to sign up beginning on January 9th at 8am! 

Orlando Trip

January 17-21, 2019 | $600

Join us January 17-21st as we travel to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, FL! The trip is currently full. Interested in being added to the waiting list? Please contact Lindsay Crocker by sending an email to lindsay.crocker@canterburyumc.org. We hope you can join us!


Summer Trips

June 17-21, 2019 - Sr. High BigStuf (Rising 10th grade-Graduated 12th)

June 24-28, 2019 - Jr. High BigStuf (Rising 7th-9th grade)
Mark your calendars for the best week of the summer!  Be on the lookout for registration information but in the meantime, check out the Bigstuf 360 Highlight below to get a short glimpse of BigStuf!

July 7-12, 2019 - Jr. High Mission Trip (Rising 7th-9th grade) - Shorter College in Rome, GA and working with Student Life Missions.

July 21-27, 2019 - Sr. High Mission Trip (Rising 10th grade- Graduated 12th) - Memphis, TN and working with Service Over Self

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While the majority of our communications are digital, we know the value of having a calendar to hang on the family refrigerator.

Weekly Newsletter

We want to make sure that you are always up to date with the latest in Canterbury Student Ministry News. We communicate each week with parents through a weekly email that includes the happenings for that week, as well as ways that you can engage your student in their spiritual lives. If you would like to receive this weekly email please subscribe below and you will be added to our mailing list. 


Connect with us


Seth Moon
Pastor to Youth

Gann Waters-Wright
High School Coordinator

Elizabeth Hayes
Youth Administrator

Natalie Moon
Youth Assistant