This Advent, we will walk through the Christmas story in search of The Light. We will journey with Mary and Joseph as they travel through darkness toward God’s greatest gift. We will follow a star in the eastern sky as it guides us toward our greatest calling. We will search for peace, together. We will hope, together. We will experience joy, together. We will find real and lasting love, together. And we will discover How The Light Gets In, together. Join us, as we journey through Advent to worship ‘the Light of the world.’

The Longest Night Service

Thursday, December 21

The Longest Night | 6:00 PM | Chapel

*This service will be livestreamed.

Christmas Eve Services

Sunday, December 24

New Traditions | 8:15 AM | Chapel

Sanctuary Worship | 10:30 AM | Sanctuary

Contemporary Worship | 10:30 AM | Canterbury Center

Contemporary Communion | 3:00 PM | Canterbury Center

Sanctuary Communion | 5:00 PM | Sanctuary

*All Christmas Eve services will be livestreamed.

Advent Events

Happyish Holidays | Nov 28 | 12 Noon

For all who find themselves in a tougher season in life during the holidays, you are invited to join us for a luncheon. Rev. Malcolm Marler, Wellness Advocate and Spiritual Advisor at UAB Medicine, will be our special guest and he will talk with us about self-care, grace for ourselves and each other, and how we can still engage hope and joy. Lunch is $10 and registration is required. Click here to register. 

Christmas Musical | Dec 3 | 7 PM

The Birmingham-Southern Concert Choir, the Birmingham-Southern Alumni Choir and the Canterbury Chancel Choir will present Ralph Vaughan Williams Christmas musical Hodie. This cantata by Williams is a beautiful celebration of the season. All are invited to attend in Canterbury’s Sanctuary.

Melodies of the Season | Dec 5 | 2 PM

Side by Side Community Chorus will present “Melodies of the Season” on Tuesday, December 5 at 2 PM in Canterbury Hall. The 90-voice chorus and band will bring you the most heartwarming tunes and a few song stories, too! Donations will be accepted at the door for Encore Community Respite’s family care fund.

Pictures with Santa | Dec 6 | 4:30 PM

Don’t miss Canterbury’s Annual Pictures with Santa event hosted by Kids@Canterbury. Photos will be taken on Wednesday, December 6. Reservations are required and picture groups will start at 4:30 PM in the Covenant Classroom. Dinner will begin at 5 PM, so plan to make an evening of it! Sign up for your spot here.

Legacy Luncheon | Dec 12 | 12 Noon

Join the Canterbury Staff for fellowship, lunch, and a fun Christmas carol singalong! Lunch $5. RSVP to

Festival of Trees | Dec 13 | 5 PM

Festival of Trees will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 5-7 PM in Canterbury Hall. We will be celebrating and highlighting the many wonderful groups who are connected to Canterbury including age level ministries, Sunday School classes, non-profits, etc. The evening will also include a beautiful live nativity – complete with animals and Baby Jesus – as well as a craft room for the kids to decorate their own miniature tree to take home. Bring your friends and family, they are welcome to enjoy the evening!

Carols & Cocoa | Dec 17 | 6 PM

Bundle up and join the fun in the Chapel parking lot! We will enjoy some yummy hot chocolate, fire pits, and even better fellowship and Christmas music! Invite a friend and bring some chairs. See you there!