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Become A New Member

If you’ve decided to make Manchester UMC your church home, we celebrate that decision and invite you to join thousands of others in becoming a member of the church. We believe it’s important and helpful for new members to have a common understanding of our beliefs, history, culture, practices and expectations. For this reason, we…
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Church Online

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Manchester UMC has moved its ministries online wherever possible. We will continue to live out our promise to be the church through “our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.” Quick Links Sunday Worship Online Only via Facebook or on the website on Sundays at 9…
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You can view Manchester UMC’s livestream feed above and also through Facebook. All videos are also available on-demand through Manchester UMC’s Facebook page afterwards. You do not need a Facebook account to view. Persons with a Facebook account are able to interact with likes, comments, and shares and can be automatically notified when a new live…
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Mission Opportunities

Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we…
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This weekend we begin a five-week worship series called “Forgiveness.” In the upcoming weeks we will focus our attention on this central theme of the Christian faith, one that is so prevalent throughout Scripture. Over the course of this series, we will think about what exactly forgiveness is, and what exactly forgiveness does. We will…
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Holy Land 2023 Trip

May 16-25, 2023 Deepen your faith as you immerse yourself in the land where Jesus walked, healed and preached. Experience the scriptures in a way only possible when you place yourself in the land of the Bible. Rev. Jim Peich will host a group tour of the Holy Land from May 16 to 25, 2023. …
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Making Light of God

The first chapter of the Gospel according to John talks a lot about light. Light is a common theological metaphor throughout Scripture. John opens up his version of the events of Jesus’s life exploring this metaphor, and applying it to the coming of Jesus.  John the Baptist has come to “testify to the light” that…
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Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Ph.D.

Presentation to be announced Workshop Description: To be announced Biography: Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems is a writer, a minister, a biblical scholar, public intellectual, and ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church.  She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in Old Testament studies.  In addition to being a former…
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Missouri Annual Conference

The Missouri Annual Conference met in Branson over the weekend, and Manchester UMC was represented by the five appointed clergy and five lay persons. The conference was a mix of worship, learning, connecting with one another, and required business.  At the conference, as expected, Bishop Bob Farr appointed Rev. Andy Bryan, Rev. Phil Estes, Rev.…
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Family BBQ

Monday, June 27, 6pFellowship Hall | Manchester UMC All are welcome and invited to a family BBQ, sponsored The United Methodist Men. The Men of the Year from 2020, 2021, & 2022 will be honored at this family friendly gathering. This is a free event open to all. R.S.V.P. by June 24 – Email the…
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Easter Offering

Easter Missions Offering

Thank You! The 2022 Easter Grant processes has concluded. The Missions Team is pleased to announce that this year’s 2021 Easter Missions Offering collected a total of $20,084.00! The following agencies/ministries are the 2022 Easter Missions Offering grant recipients: Bridge Bread Bakery Center for Hearing & Speech Home Sweet Home Sneakers with Soul Manchester UMC…
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Moments of Connection

One of my favorite interactions in the Gospels is Jesus’s interaction with Zacchaeus. This week we will focus on this wonderful story in the third week of our “Make Us One” worship series. The story of Zacchaeus is really short (pun intended), just ten verses. Zach suddenly pops into the story, and then just as…
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Faith Leaders Called to Action

On May 26, 2022 at exactly 11:32a, Faith leaders from around St. Louis gathered for a press conference on gun safety measures. The press conference took place at New Horizon Methodist Church (formerly Good Samaritan UMC) located at 4234 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO. The 11:32 a.m. start time is a purposeful reminder of the…
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Fire of the Holy Spirit

This week we will continue our worship series called, “Make Us One.” It is Pentecost, the annual celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The liturgical color of the season is red, and as a part of the remembrance it is customary for those gathering for worship to wear red clothing. (Feel free to…
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Make Us One

This weekend we are launching a new worship series called “Make Us One.” The theological focus for this series is unity. And specifically, Christian unity. What exactly does it mean to be “one body,” considering how diverse we are? Over the next four weeks, we will spend some time with that question. One thing that…
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Immersive Conversion

This week is the last in our “Encountering Christ” worship series. This series has featured six of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, with a particular look at the way he “introduces himself” to people. We’ve been focusing on evangelism, the proclamation of the good news of Jesus, by thinking about how we can introduce the…
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Gospel Comparisons

This week’s post-resurrection appearance of Jesus is found in Luke 24:36-49, and it comes immediately after the “Walk to Emmaus” story we focused on last week. In fact, the section begins in Luke 24:36 with the phrase, “While they were talking about this…” And it turns out that the “this” that they were talking about…
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Realm Training Resources

Realm is the online Chuch Information System for Manchester UMC. Realm can be accessed using your computer (web) or your mobile device (Realm Connect App). Below you will find training resources for using both. If you have questions or need further assistance, please click on the help icon (?) in the top right corner of…
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Singles Connection STL

Singles Connection STL is a NEW group for adult singles in the St. Louis region who are interested in connecting with others through service projects, social activities, meals, groups, classes, trips and more! Singles of all ages, races, genders, abilities, orientations, faiths and backgrounds are welcome and affirmed. Singles Connection STL is committed to healthy…
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Woven Together

Walk Justly Conference

October 21-22, 2022Manchester UMC | St. Louis, Missouri Theme: “Woven Together” Walk Justly 2022 is a two-day in-person conference featuring interactive workshops, engaging worship, uplifting music, meaningful prayer experiences and much more. The conference is open to everyone and offered annually by Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. During this year’s Walk Justly Conference,…
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Women's Fall Retreat 2022

Women’s Retreat

Experiencing God Through Our Senses Dates: Friday, Sept. 16 – Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022Location: Marianist Retreat and Conference Center | 4000 MO-109, Eureka, MORetreat Leader: Vicki SamuelsRetreat Pastor: Rev. Winter Hamilton This retreat is a faith formation event to gather women together to build community, experience God through all their senses, and give them a…
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Historical Ministry

Date: 1st Monday of the MonthTime: 9:00a to NoonLocation: LibraryMinistry Leader: Keith Brown Manchester United Methodist Church has a most interesting and remarkable history. Its rich past includes being part of the establishment of the City of Manchester and being the original Methodist church west of the Mississippi. All are welcome to join this team…
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Summer Food & Fellowship

Young Adults (ages 18 – 40) Manchester UMC’s Young Adult Ministry will be gathering once a month throughout the summer at local restaurants. This is open to all young adults, singles, and parents of young families. These events will be a come-as-you-are atmosphere. Come hang out for whatever amount of time your schedule allows and…
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Mission Leaders Gathering

Next Gathering is TBD Mission Leaders are invited to gather and connect with one another. There will be opportunities to share our experiences and expertise, to recognize each other’s gifts, to learn about new resources, and to stay connected to the Missions Ministry at Manchester UMC. Do you have a topic in mind? What topics…
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Employee Time Off Request

Manchester UMC employees should use the below form to request/report time off from work. When possible, please complete the form at least 1 month in advance of planned leave. In the case of unexpected leave, please complete the form upon returning to work. Hourly staff should enter time off into the Time Card System in…
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Food Pantry

What & How to Donate

Each month, Manchester UMC works with our partner agencies in collecting much needed items for their clients, as well as the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR. After seeing and hearing about the troubling events unfold in Ukraine, many have reached out and expressed a desire to help our neighbors as they struggle to find…
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Project & Event Request

Manchester UMC’s Projects & Events Coordinator is available to provide assistance to ministry leaders with upcoming ministry projects or events. As a team, the ministry leader(s) and the Projects & Events Coordinator will work together in planning and creating a successful project or event from an idea to implementation. If questions, please email the Projects…
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2022 Internship Program

Program Overview Internship Opportunities: Children and Families Department (1 to 2 interns) Youth Department (1 intern) Hours: 4 to 10 hours per week (schedule flexible) Program Description: Manchester UMC has been awarded grants for the purpose of offering paid internships at the church for college-age and young-adult individuals. An internship at Manchester UMC is an…
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Congregation Update

2022 Staffing Release Date: January 12, 2022 The Leadership Board of Manchester UMC has recently approved an operating budget for 2022. This plan will support Manchester UMC in continuing to advance the important mission of transforming church and community. It is made possible through the committed financial discipleship of those who generously contribute to the…
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Backstage Pass: The State of the Denomination

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m. A Backstage Pass will be on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. in person in the Sanctuary or on Facebook. This Backstage Pass will cover the current state of various discussions in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Andy Bryan will discuss the implications of the delayed General Conference, the creation of…
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Sewing for Missions

On January 22, 2022, the Sewing for Missions ministry gathered to make cot sheets for LifeWise STL’s Early Childhood Center. This team completed 52 sheets and are on track to donate over 75 to the LifeWise STL. Individuals who like to sew or prepare things to be sewn were needed to help with this special…
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Erin Bryan

Joyful Noise Choir Director Erin Bryan has been a member of Manchester UMC since 2020. She and her husband have 3 children and have been foster parents of 23 others over 15 years. Erin is a member of the Chancel Choir and a volunteer with Manchester Children’s and Family Ministry. She has directed church and…
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Coats to Donate

During the month of January, there was a coat drive at Manchester UMC to benefit LifeWise StL and Epworth Children and Family Services. Their clients were in need of warm coats for all ages and sizes. To help with this effort, there were over 150 coats donated. Thank you to everyone who donated! If questions,…
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Tat and Chat

Date: 1st Saturday of Month (June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept 3) Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Location: Room 222 Leader: Vicki Samuels Description: Gather with others for fellowship and to work on tatting projects and/or learn how to needle tat. Newcomers and beginners are welcome! Tatting is a technique for handcrafting lace…
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HomeFirst STL

Everyone deserves a safe home of their own. HomeFirst STL helps people transition out of homelessness and into a hope-filled future. When people lack the support and money to stay housed long-term, these individuals feel discouraged and alone. But HomeFirst STL works with these individuals and has changed lives by providing housing that is safe,…
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Hospitality: Donuts & Coffee

One of the fun ways to get to know people at Manchester UMC is to hang out between services for a little conversation and Coffee & Donuts. Sunday mornings, between both the 9a and 11a worship services, individuals gather in Fellowship Hall. The Donuts and Coffee ministry offers a selection of donuts, sometimes other baked…
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Backstage Pass Series

The Backstage Pass Series seeks to bring transparency to different aspects of how Manchester UMC functions. Below are links to current and previous Backstage Pass videos. If you have a suggested topic for a future Backstage Pass, please contact Rev. Andy Bryan. GenerosityFeb. 9, 2022, 7p Learn about “financial discipleship”, what it means for a…
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Landscaping Team

Is landscaping care one of your happy places? Join Pastor Phil Estes and the Landscaping Ministry Team! Plan on gathering up to quarterly with the advent of each new season, to do trimming and general outdoor “fix-up” to keep our church grounds looking good. Please email Pastor Phil Estes. Check out these related website: Latest…
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A Jazz Communion

Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 11 a.m. Important Update: This concert has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Please continue to check back for updates. Updated 01/18/2022 Check out these websites: Concerts Adult Choirs and Bands Drama and Arts

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Organ Donation

Organ and tissue donation is important because thousands of people die or suffer needlessly each year due to a lack of organ and tissue donors. A transplant is often the only hope. A single donor can save the lives of up to eight (8) people and enhance the lives of at least 75 others. To…
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Evening of Music

POSTPONED Sunday, November 21 at 7 p.m. The Joy of Music Concert Series presents an Evening of Music for Voice and Piano. The rescheduled date will be provided when available. Marcus DeLoach Baritone, Marcus DeLoach, shares his love of art song, opera, and musical theatre in this intimate recital Bachelor and Masters degree from Julliard…
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Youth Parents Only!

Calling ALL Youth Parents! Manchester Youth is excited to offer opportunities just for parents of youth to connect with each other and have fun as adults. Mark your calendars and check back on this website for more opportunities! Youth Parents Kickoff Event!Wednesday Sept. 21, 6:15-7:45p Dogwood Social House15682 Manchester Rd, Ellisville Drop kids off at…
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DEFY 2021

Jump Night at DEFY

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022Time: 6 to 8 p.m.Location: DEFY Trampoline Park, 14820 Manchester RoadLeader: Beth Boemler, Youth Director Description: Join us for our first special event of the year! We will head to DEFY Trampoline Park and just have fun playing, as well as get to know other youth. This is a private event…
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Youth Small Groups

Weekly Small Groups Small groups are an opportunity for youth to deepen their faith and deepen their relationships with others. Small groups are divided by middle school and high school and they focus on caring for each other while learning faith essentials through the Manchester Youth 3 Year Curriculum. Groups will decide together their meeting…
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Pastoral Statements

From time to time, the five appointed clergy of Manchester UMC issue pastoral statements that contain their collective thoughts on important and timely matters relevant to the congregation and community. You can view those statements below. Please feel free to reach out to the pastors if you’d like to discuss any of the topics addressed.…
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Race & Education

May 24, 2021 We, the undersigned staff members of Manchester United Methodist Church, express our support of truthful education regarding the history of race and racism in our nation and around the world. In order to avoid repeating the atrocities of the past, we must be honest about how racial injustice has impacted the lives…
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January 14, 2020 We, the undersigned appointed clergy of Manchester United Methodist Church, are committed to remaining in the United Methodist Church as it becomes a fully inclusive, affirming denomination. We believe we are called to be an inclusive community of people who love Christ deeply, worship Christ passionately, and serve Christ boldly. We believe…
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Black Lives Matter

June 7, 2020 We, the appointed clergy of Manchester United Methodist Church, mourn the tragic killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless other persons of color who, for generations, have been victimized by violence and injustice. We confess that in the privilege of our whiteness we have failed to consistently and adequately…
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Sunday Phone Assistance

Day:  SundaysTimes:  10:00 a.m. to NoonLocation: Administrative Office | Manchester UMCLeader: Molly Mulholland, Receptionist Description:  Do you like to be help people, especially on the phone? We need some friendly people to help answer the phones on Sunday mornings. Training will be provided. If questions or you would like to volunteer, please email Molly Mulholland.…
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Conversation about Our History

Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021Time:  7:00 p.m.Location: Sanctuary | Manchester UMC (Near the intersection of Hwy 141 & Manchester Road) and Live StreamGuest Panel: Jeffrey Pasley, Peter Kastor, Nick ReinhardtModerator: State Representative Trish Gunby Manchester UMC is sponsoring a community conversation on “Missouri Bicentennial: A Conversation About Our History.” It’s Missouri’s birthday; however, how much do we really know…
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Serving With Children

Together, we can have an important impact on kids by helping on Sunday mornings this summer! Children are the future of the church, so let’s help them have fun diving deeper as they learn about God and God’s unconditional love for all. See how many summer helper roles have been filled and how many still…
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Samantha Fomera

Armed for Adulting 101 Workshop Description: Youth ministry is FUN and MORE FUN! Adulting is HARD and BORING! Wait, what?  Join us for some practical, and still fun, ideas on how to ensure our students have the foundation they need to thrive as adults.  Adulting 101 morphs into what your students need and partners with…
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