Welcome to kids@Canterbury

Welcome to kids@canterbury, we are so glad you are here! We strive to be a place of real grace, real love, in the midst of real life. By partnering with parents, we hope we will all grow together in Christ, creating a faith that lasts through worship, study, and missions.

  • Mission Statement

    With God’s help, we will welcome, nurture and equip all children according to the United Methodist tradition so they may choose to follow Jesus and serve others.

  • Safe Sanctuary

    As a church committed to providing a safe sanctuary for all children, the doors to the first and second floor of the Children’s building will require a key fob to enter. Those who do not have a key fob will need to go to the circle desk for admittance or call a member of the Children’s staff for assistance.

    We understand safety precautions are not the most hospitable and are an inconvenience, but keeping Kids@Canterbury safe is our priority. If you have not registered for a key fob, you may contact  Ashley VanScyoc (ashley.vanscyoc@canterburyumc.org) to receive one. Thank you for helping us ensure our children’s safety! Contact Ruth Grissom (ruth.grissom@canterburyumc.org) with any questions or comments.

Sunday and Wednesday Information

  • Sunday Mornings

    SundayNursery Care & Sunday School

    Nursery care is offered during worship and the Sunday school hour for children ages 6 weeks through 4 years beginning at 8:15am on Sunday mornings. Nursery is open through the end of all worship services.
    *Kindergartners are promoted to worship and are no longer in nursery care.

    Sunday School:
    Nursery: 6 weeks-4 years (1st Floor)
    Preschool: 2K Sunday School (1st Floor)
    Preschool: 3K -4K (2nd Floor)
    Elementary: 5K-4th Grade (2nd Floor)
    RISE: 5th & 6th Grade (3rd Floor)

  • Wednesday Nights

    Wednesday6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Dinner in Canterbury Hall: 5:00-6:00 PM
    Play Area in Canterbury Hall: 5:15-5:40 PM

    Age group time and locations: 6:00-7:00 PM
    Nursery-2K: C121
    Preschool: 3K-4K: C206
    Elementary: K-2nd: C209; 3rd-4th: C207
    Rise Ministry: 5th-6th: M300

Age Groups

  • Nursery and Playcare

    You have a new baby! Children’s Ministry at Canterbury begins at birth. Nursery is provided for children 6 weeks through 4 years of age for all regularly scheduled worship services. Our paid nursery staff are prepared to provide a nurturing environment for your child and are also trained in life-saving measures.

    Sunday Morning
    Grouped by age, your child will be cared for by loving nursery staff members. Nursery for other activities and church events provided by request. Canterbury uses a computer check-in system as part of our Safe Sanctuary Policy and can be found at the main entrance of the children’s building for Sunday morning nursery.

    Wednesday Night
    During the school year, the nursery is provided for Wednesday night activities from 5:15 to 7 PM for children two and under. 3K and 4K nursery is available beginning at 5:15 PM. A play area is available at the back of Canterbury Hall for ages 3K & up from 5:15-5:50 PM. Activities begin for 3K – 6th grade at 6:00 PM.

    Monday-Thursday | 9 AM-1 PM
    Need occasional, part-time care for your baby, toddler or preschooler? We welcome you to try PlayCare! We provide care for children of Canterbury members and members of our community. PlayCare provides a loving, caring and fun environment for children ages 6 weeks through 4 years of age.

    PlayCare is open year-round with the following exceptions: MLK Jr. Day, Presidents Day, MBCS Spring Break week, Easter Monday, Memorial week, Vacation Bible Camp week, Juneteenth Day, July 4th, Labor Day week, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, and the week between Christmas and New Years.

    For more information or to make a reservation, contact Selena Pitsch  (selena.pitsch@canterburyumc.org). We recommend that you make reservations at least 24 hours in advance, but we will do all we can to accommodate short-notice reservations. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance or you will be billed for your child’s reserved space.

    Playcare Payments
  • Preschool Ministry

    Preschool ministry is for 2K, 3K, 4K children. We teach children they are loved by God and their church family, the Bible is an important book, prayer is how we talk to God and the importance of serving others is pleasing to God. Sunday school classes are led by dedicated volunteers and staff members. We would love the opportunity to be in ministry with your child and hope to welcome your family into our community of faith.

    Sunday Mornings
    2K – 4K | 9:15-10:15 AM

    Sunday School classes meet on the first and second level of the Children’s Building.
    2K Room C110 (first floor)
    3K Room C214 (second floor)
    4K Room C216 (second floor)

    Wednesday Nights | Bible Study & Choir
    3K – 4K Schedule (By Sept. 1)
    6:00-6:30 PM Room C206

    O sing to the Lord a new song…Psalm 96

    Children ages 3K through Kindergarten will learn songs in unison, play with age-appropriate instruments, and are encouraged to fully engage with music in a warm and creative environment.

  • Elementary Ministry

    Elementary ministry at Canterbury is for kindergarten through fourth-grade children. In elementary ministry, we welcome, engage, and teach your child about the love and grace freely given by God. Our Sunday morning includes large group fellowship followed by small group Sunday school classes led by dedicated volunteers and staff members. We would love to come alongside your elementary student in ministry and to welcome your family into our community of faith at Canterbury.

    Sunday Mornings
    9:15-10:15 AM

    Sunday School classes meet on the second level of the Children’s Building. All ages meet in Hallelujah Hall for Assembly at 9:15 AM then dismiss to their classroom.

    Kindergarten C206 Peter
    1st Room C207 Matthias
    2nd Room C209 Simon
    3rd Room C211 Thaddaeus
    4th Room C213 Phillip

    Wednesday Nights | Bible Study & Choir
    K – 2nd Grade Room C207
    3rd – 4th Grade Room C209

    “…singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts…” Ephesians 5:19b

  • RISE Ministry

    Kids@Cantebury understands the transition from Elementary School to Junior High can be challenging. We believe 5th and 6th graders benefit from learning and having fun separately from our Elementary age children. RISE Ministry allows them their own space, their own programs, and their own director to form stronger bonds before they enter Junior High.

    Sunday Mornings
    Sunday School meets from 9:15-10:15 AM each Sunday morning. All RISE students begin the morning on the 3rd floor in room 300 for games and fellowship. From 9:15-9:30 AM they have fun with leaders and enjoy shooting basketball, playing table tennis, foosball, or a number of other games together. At 9:30 AM they begin their lesson time in the Movie Room then move to Room 307 for a large group lesson. Students are dismissed on their own after Sunday School to meet family at a predetermined place.

    Wednesday Nights
    6:00-7:00 PM Room 300.
    RISE students enjoy 15-20 minutes of fellowship time and then move to their Bible study time.

    For more information, contact Davis Kinchler (davis.kinchler@canterburyumc.org).


  • No Children’s Programming on Wednesday, February 14 for Ash Wednesday.

    We hope you’ll make plans to join us for one of the following.
    Drive through Ashes – 12:00-1:00 PM
    A pastor will greet you with ashes at your car at the porte-cochere drive through at the main entrance near the Welcome Center.
    Service of Ashes – 6:00 PM, Sanctuary
    Join us as we mark the beginning of Lent with this beautiful service that serves as a solemn reminder of our human mortality and our need for reconciliation with God and others.

  • Due to the long weekend for President’s Day on Monday, February 19, we will not have Sunday School on Sunday, February 18. Please join us on Sunday, February 25!

  • Created by God

    February 24, 2024 | 9:00AM-4:00PM Wesley Hall

    Created by God brings together 5th and 6th graders, their parents, and adult leaders for a faith-filled, comprehensive study of human sexuality- anatomy, growth and development, reproduction, and God’s call to intimacy and responsibility. The seminar is designed to help preteens deal with their rapidly emerging sexuality in a safe setting, and to help parents talk with their daughters and sons before and as this is happening. Your child can get pieces of the information in the hallways of their school, what they see on TV, or on the ball field. Full knowledge will help them avoid guessing. This workshop is designed to give your teen all the information. There will be no exceptions to the full participation. Students must be on time for the full session.

    Thursday, February 22 | 6:30-8:00 pm Parents & Leaders
    *Sat., February 24 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Students & Leaders
    *One-day session to accommodate our youth’s busy schedules.

    Cost: $60Register for Created by God
  • Rise Against Hunger – Family Fun Night

    February 25, 2024 | 2:30-4:30PM Canterbury Hall

    We are serving as a group at Rise Against Hunger. We are so excited about this opportunity for our children to participate in a hands on project with their peers. There are limited spaces for Kindergarten through 6th grade – and we are required to reserve spaces for the kids and parents who are joining us!

    Serving at Rise Against Hunger, February 25 from 2:30-4:30pm
    Register by February 20

    Nursery will be available. We would love to have parents help too. So, please fill out the form below and also indicate if you need childcare for your younger children. There are only so many people who can serve so, registration is so very, very important!

    RSVP here!
  • RISE Ministry – House Church

    February 25, 2024 | 5:30-7PM

    5th and 6th graders: Make plans to join us for our monthly fellowship activity for RISE Ministry. 5th and 6th graders will meet at a host home each month for dinner, games, and fellowship. You will drop off and pick up your child at the host home. Please bring $5 to pay for dinner. We encourage you to invite friends!

    If you are able to come please RSVP by emailing Cooper Thompson at cooper.thompson@canterburyumc.org

  • We hope you can join us on March 3 from 4-6 pm for the first Family Fun Night of 2024. Family time seems so hard to come by with our fast paced busy world. Let’s slow down and have fun as a family together. We will meet at Vestavia Bowl for a rolling good time. The cost is $15.00 per person. We have limited spots available so register today!!!

    Register Here
  • Vacation Bible Camp Registration

    June 10-13, 2024 | 9AM – 12PM Canterbury United Methodist

    Join the adventure with us the week of June 10-13! We invite all rising 4K – 5th grade to register!

    Register Here
  • Vacation Bible Camp Volunteer Sign Up

    June 10-13, 2024 Canterbury United Methodist

    Join the adventure and volunteer with us!

    Volunteer Sign Up
  • Summer Camp: Camp Mash Up

    June 24 – 27, 2024 | 9AM-1PM Canterbury United Methodist Church

    Camp Mash Up at Canterbury June 24-27, 2024, 9am-1pm is for rising 1st grade through 4th grade students. We will do hands on science experiments each day, make fun crafts, create our own snacks, play lots of games and have so much opportunity to use imagination. And we will cover some scripture too!

    Scholarships are available if needed. Please contact Amanda Fuller at amanda.fuller@canterburyumc.org for more information.

    Cost: $150Register Here
  • Summer Camp: Camp Gross Out

    July 22-25, 2024 | 9AM-1PM Canterbury United Methodist Church

    Kids@Canterbury GROSS OUT CAMP Registration with Fresh Air Family for rising 1st – 4th grade for the 2024-2025 year. | July 22-25, 2024 | 9:00am-1:00pm

    *Scholarships are available if needed. Please contact Amanda Fuller at amanda.fuller@canterburyumc.org for more information.


    Cost: $150Join Wait List

Children’s Choir

  • More about Children’s Choir

    Choir is available for children 3K through 6th grade. The choirs meet during Wednesday night activities and have opportunities every few months to sing as a group during Sunday morning services.

  • Children’s Choir 3K-4K

    3K, 4K Schedule
    6:00-7:00 PM | Room C206

    O sing to the Lord a new song…Psalm 96

    Children ages 3K through Kindergarten will learn songs in unison, play with age-appropriate instruments, and are encouraged to fully engage with music in a warm and creative environment.

  • Children’s Choir K-6th Grade

    Kindergarten through 6th Grade
    6:00-7:00 PM | Room C207-208

    singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts…Ephesians 5:19b

    1st grade through 6th grade learn songs with simple harmonies, are given instruction in music fundamentals and learn to work together as a choir.

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Ruth Grissom

Pastor of Children’s Ministries

Ashley VanScyoc

Children’s Administrator

Selena Pitsch

Children’s Nursery Director

Eleanor Kerr

Preschool Director

Amanda Fuller

Elementary Director

Cooper Thompson

RISE Ministries Director

Bella Baker

Preschool Choir Director

Angel Baker

Elementary Choir Director

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