UMCH's third annual Steeple to Steeple Event set for April 22


The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) is pleased to announce the third Annual Steeple to Steeple Event will be Saturday, April 22, 2017. This year includes multiple ways to participate and support the ministry of UMCH.

The 5K and 10K point-to-point events will begin at 8 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church and will take participants through the hearts of both Homewood and Mountain Brook before ending at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The 5K begins at Trinity UMC's Oxmoor campus and is a USAT&F certified event. The 10K begins at the Trinity UMC West Homewood Oakmont campus and is pending USAT&F certification. Both are chip timed.

Two new ways to participate this year include the Sleep In and Virtual options, which can happen from anywhere.

Not able to make the event, but still want a t-shirt? The Sleep-In option is for you! All Sleep In registrants will receive a race T-shirt and enjoy the cozy comforts of their own bed race morning. T-shirts can be collected at Packet Pick Up on Friday.

Virtual 5K registrants will walk or run their own 5K on a track, on the road, on a treadmill, anywhere, and email their completion time to our race timers. A special Virtual 5K results link will then be posted following the event. All Virtual 5K finishers will receive a race T-shirt and have their results posted following the race. Race T-shirts can be collected at Packet Pick Up on Friday or will be mailed to you the week following the race.

There will also be a Fun Run for kids, along with a Post-Race Event with food and beverages.

The Awards Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Canterbury UMC.

Details and registration can be found at

The event benefits the ministry of UMCH and will help kids and youth across the state of Alabama. It is also done with a spirit of friendly competition between the two anchor churches - Canterbury UMC and Trinity UMC.

Rev. Dale Cohen, Senior Pastor of Canterbury UMC says, “The United Methodist Children’s Home has done so much to provide for the needs of vulnerable children for more than a century and we’re pleased to provide our support to this vital ministry. The fact that we’re able to involve friendly competition between two great churches makes it even more of a joy for us to participate. We hope that other churches will join us in this effort as we raise money that truly makes a difference in the lives of children throughout Alabama.”

“Trinity is so thankful for the chance to partner with the Children’s Home and Canterbury for the incredible important cause. It gets folks out on a beautiful day to run together, and it allows Methodist pastors to 'smack talk' with one another, which we are rarely allowed to do (which is unfortunate, since it’s one of my spiritual gifts). There’s no better way to share the power of our connectional ministry than coming together to support the amazing ministry of UMCH,” adds Rev. Brian Erickson, Senior Pastor of Trinity UMC.

Sponsor's for the event include the Central District Office – North Alabama United Methodist Conference, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Turner Batson Architects and Harmon Dennis Bradshaw Insurance.

For over 125 years, UMCH has helped transform the lives of thousands of abused, neglected, and traumatized children, young mothers, and struggling families. The ministry offers services such as group homes, foster care and adoption programs, family preservation services, transitional living programs, scholarship homes, and homes for young mothers across Alabama and northwest Florida. UMCH's mission is to follow Christ by embracing all God’s children… one child, one family at a time. If you would like to learn more about UMCH, please visit the website:

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