SAGE adults are 65 years plus and focus on spiritual fellowship and giving back to others. They are role models at Canterbury as they represent unity and faith in their service of giving and engaging in every age and stage of life. Each SAGE ministry is prayerfully designed to provide purpose, guidance, and life meaning to our church and community.

  • Mission Statement

    To support and encourage the SAGE adults to embrace the journey of aging, foster intergenerational relationships, and continue to strive for a healthy, spirit filled life.

engAGE with SAGE at Canterbury

Looking for the Fountain of Youth? Let us help by offering you a roadmap to successful aging. Whether we like it or not, we all age, so join us as we learn how to successfully navigate the seasons of our lives. 

Through engAGE, we will offer quarterly Lunch and Learn gatherings featuring engaging and informative topics on how to live our best lives. On Thursday, April 18, we will hear from our own Valerie Boyd, Executive Director of Encore and SAGE Ministries, as she addresses dementia prevention. 

Come with your ideas on what you would like to learn more about as we grow together in health and spirit.

Thursday, April 18 | 11:30-1pm | $10

Areas of Ministry

Legacy Luncheon

On the 4th Tuesday of every month, people from Canterbury and all over our community come together for a great lunch and fellowship while enjoying entertainment including dancers, singers, musicians, or professional speakers in our community. The luncheon is held at Noon in Canterbury Hall.

Encore Community Respite Ministry

A day program from 10 AM-2 PM Monday through Thursday filled with stimulating activities for those living with memory loss and early to moderate stage dementia, while providing a time of rest for the caregiver. We are always in need of volunteers. The bonus is that this will change your life and you will have instant friends, belly laughs, and leave with a heart full of love. Visit to learn more.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group

Caregivers from CUMC and the Birmingham community are all welcome to come and find meaningful advice and loving support on the difficult journey of memory loss and dementia. You don’t have to do this alone. Starting at 10 AM every Wednesday and Thursday in Classroom M226.

Canterbury Fitness

Canterburians meet for a well-rounded workout to help in strength, balance, and flexibility. A qualified fitness instructor leads the class in aerobic exercise. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30-9:30 AM. Crawford Owen classroom.

Canterbury Care Team

A group of volunteers who visit our homebound members wherever they live and bring them a little happy and keep them up to date on what is going on with our church.

Homebound Communion

CUMC has a visitation team that will bring communion to our members who are in the hospital or who are in their home and not able to leave.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact:

Valerie Boyd

Executive Director of Encore and SAGE Ministries 205.874.1523