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Office Closed

Due to the St. Louis County shelter-in-place order, the Manchester UMC office is closed until further notice. Please stay home in accordance with government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic; you could save your life and the lives of others. Worship for the foreseeable future is online only using our Facebook page. Services are at 9:30…
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Church Online

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Manchester UMC is moving its ministries to 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.” NEW! Beginning Monday, June 8 Daily Devotionals move to Phase 2. Click here for the…
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Live Streaming

Manchester UMC provides live streaming of two worship services on Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.. This is a great way to stay connected. If you’re new or just looking, this is an awesome way to explore what the worship services are like. Worship Online: Click ‘Worship Online’ above to view either of the services.…
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Latest News

Here’s the latest news from Manchester UMC, posted 5/29/2020:   It’s #PentecostRed This Sunday!Tune in to live streaming worship on Facebook at 9:30a for Modern, and at 11a for Traditional. It’s Pentecost Sunday so we’re asking everyone to wear red, or display red in your home. Take a photo, and post it to social media…
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Adult Classes

At Manchester UMC, we offer a variety of classes where you can learn, grow and connect with other people. We divide our adult classes into three types: New Member Classes, Special Classes and Disciple Bible Study. New Member Classes If you’ve decided to make Manchester UMC your church home, we celebrate that decision and invite…
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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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New Member Classes

New Member Classes are offered several times throughout the year and are a great way to learn more about yourself, our faith and how you can connect and serve here. Below are some upcoming New Member Classes: New Member Classes New Member Class For more information or assistance in enrolling in an upcoming class, please…
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Summer 2020 Catalog

Summer 2020 Online Catalog

Welcome to our Summer Adult Faith Formation catalog! On this page, you will find links to Classes, Groups, and All-Church Studies that we are offering for June to August of 2020.  All of the offerings found here are meeting ONLINE!  Our Classes, Groups and All-Church Studies can still be found on our webpage in the…
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Family Grief

Loss of Loved One

Many of us have experienced grief ourselves, but how do we talk to our family about this? There are many different resources out there but here is a comprehensive list all in one place to help get you started. Education…it is so important! YOU can help by raising loving, inclusive children that speak out and…
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Family Intruder Training

Intruder Training

Many teachers and students in our area are using an intruder training strategy called the 4E’s (Educate, Evade, Escape, and Engage). At Manchester UMC we have adopted this program as well for our Children and Youth Ministries. Here are links to learn more about the company that provides this training and how it is performed.…
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Family Child Abuse

Sexual Abuse

If you are a parent or grandparent looking for resources on the topic of sexual abuse, here are some suggested websites and books below that may help. Education…it is so important! YOU can help by raising loving, inclusive children that speak out and support all of God’s amazing children. Here is a resource that may…
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Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals are available twice daily M-F for spiritual encouragement and growth during these trying times. Anyone can join. Each devotional is approximately 15 minutes and is live streamed on our Facebook page. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can join on our Live Streaming web page. Tune in from anywhere; come when…
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Bullying

Bullying/Cyberbullying & Online Safety

If you are a parent or grandparent looking for resources on the topic of bullying or cyberbullying, here are some suggested websites and books below that may help. Education…it is so important! YOU can help by raising loving, inclusive children that speak out and support all of God’s amazing children. Here are some resources that…
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Families and Race

Talking to Your Kids About Race

Many of us are trying to learn more and figure out what we can do given the current state to support and help put an end to the injustice our black and brown brothers and sisters have experienced for way too long. There are many different resources out there but here is a comprehensive list…
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Choir Moms

LEARNING GROUP: Choir Moms

Day: Every Other ThursdaysTime: 8:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 379-284-853Required Password: 585659Leader: Shared leadership Description: This group meets throughout the school year during Children’s Choir time. We do Bible studies, theological studies and book studies. During this season of weirdness we are meeting every other week, over the summer! We are working our way through…
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Phase Two Begins June 1

Manchester UMC will move into “Phase Two” of our “Pandemic Plan for Mission and Ministry” on Monday, June 1st. “Phase Two” of our four-phase plan is designed for when local authorities have partially or fully lifted stay-at-home orders, but we are still significantly limiting on-site church gatherings. Click here for an overview of the plan.…
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Safety first

COVID-19 Screening

Safety is a priority at Manchester UMC. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, only staff and approved volunteers and visitors are permitted in church facilities. To reduce the potential risk of COVID-19 exposure and to comply with applicable health orders and government regulations, all persons must complete this screening upon entering church facilities. Each screening…
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Methodism’s Timeless Ideas

It has been so fun for me to spend these last few weeks thinking and talking about Methodism! It is always important to be reminded of our roots every now and then–where we have come from, how we got here. But more than that, we’ve been thinking about how the experiences of the past and…
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Brand Standards

We have posted an electronic version of our Brand Standards, updated in 2020. If there are any questions about usage of these standards, email Manchester UMC Communications Dept. Thank you for your interest and help in keeping the Manchester UMC brand strong, consistent, and growing.

Pandemic Plan-Ministry&Mission

Good news, everyone! The church is NOT re-opening. (Um, pastor… did you just say “NOT re-opening?”) Yes, indeed I did! The church is not re-opening when the “Stay at Home” orders lift, because THE CHURCH NEVER CLOSED! I am so grateful for all the wonderful ways you have continued to be the church during this…
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Parent through Preschool Phase

SPECIAL CLASS: Parenting thru Preschool Phases

Dates:  Mondays, June 1 through July 6 (6 sessions)Time:  8:30 to 9:30 p.m.Leader:  Chessey Brenton, Director of Children’s Education & Family MinistryZoom Meeting ID:  831 8411 0368Required Password:  897172 Description:   936 weeks. That’s the approximate time you have from the moment your child is born until they graduate from high school. It goes by fast, and your kid is…
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Identity Theft

SPECIAL CLASS: Identity Theft

Option 1:Date: Wednesday, June 3 (1 session)Times: 11:30 a.m.Leader: Adam Caldwell, Regional Development Leader, Thrivent FinancialClick here to participate in the June 3 Identity Theft Workshop Option 2:Date: Wednesday, July 15 (1 session)Times: 11:30 a.m.Leader: Adam Caldwell, Regional Development Leader, Thrivent FinancialClick here to participate in the July 15 Identity Theft Worshop Description: Someone wants…
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Values Based Budgeting

SPECIAL CLASS: Values Based Budgeting

Date: Monday, July 13 (1 session)Times: 11:30 a.m.Leader: Adam Caldwell, Regional Development Leader, Thrivent FinancialClick here to participate in the July 13 Values Based Budgeting Workshop Description: You’re invited to join us for a free financial educational workshop called Values-Based Budgeting. Plan for your future in this fast-paced, interactive session, designed to help you create…
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Rock Road Rabbi

SPECIAL CLASS: The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi

Dates: Wednesdays, May 20 to June 24 Times: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Leader: Sydney JumperZoom Meeting ID: 956-580-726Required Password: 939535 Description: As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God’s Word and a deeper knowledge of God Himself. But it wasn’t until she began studying the biblical texts…
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Missouri Re-Opening

You have no doubt heard that Missouri is starting to “re-open” this week. And it’s likely you’ve wondered what that means for us, for the church.  Well, first of all … the church never actually closed, right? I mean, we have been worshiping, learning, giving, serving, and connecting this entire season of weirdness. Sure, it…
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The Great Re-Awakening

The Methodist movement originated in an 18th century revival season known as “The Great Awakening.” In Britain and the American colonies, the church experienced a renewal of religious devotion, a deepening awareness of the movement of the Holy Spirit, and a re-framing of salvation as an experience of the heart, not just an academic exercise.…
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Leader Registration for Adult Faith Formation

Are you called to lead a small group, class or event? We welcome you to submit the following form below. When finalized, this information will be published on the Manchester UMC website, seasonal booklet, as well as other MUMC communication vehicles. If you are a new leader or a current leader and determined your curriculum,…
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Information Center Team

If you enjoy welcoming and helping others, we need your warmth and enthusiasm at the Information Center on Sunday mornings! You do not need to know all of the answers. All you need is your love to serve people with a warm smile and welcoming hospitality to those who walk through our doors at Manchester…
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Leader Circle 2020

Anyone who is interested in leading an Adult Faith Formation class or group is invited to attend the Leader Circle on Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for leaders to be recognized and well as learn about upcoming information for 2020-2021. A light lunch will be provided.…
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The Astonishment of Easter

Guess what? Easter has started! Yeah, April 12th was only the beginning of Eastertide. We actually get Easter for the next fifty (count ‘em – 50) days! We get SEVEN SUNDAYS of Easter, taking us all the way to Pentecost, on May 31st. We carry the joy and astonishment of Easter with us beyond a…
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Feedback

Your feedback is appreciated!

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this brief feedback survey. Your constructive feedback will help create future classes at Manchester UMC. Please complete one form per person:

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A Defining Moment

Holy Week 2020 will be remembered for quite a while, I suspect. Children around today will tell their children about their experiences during this season. It may very well be the defining moment of a generation. I find myself this Holy Week thinking about Holy Week 2021. What is it going to be like next…
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Church Online

In a season of “Church Online,” I am very excited that our all-church study format will be continuing beyond Lent. We may live in a time of “physical distancing,” but there are many other ways that we can stay connected to one another. If we can be talking about the same content, discussing the same…
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Feedback

Lent 2020 Feedback

During this season of Lent, we provided the 2020 Lent “New Again” All-Church study where individuals watched the Sunday sermons by Rev. Andy Bryan and then attended a small group to further discuss the sermon. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this feedback survey. Your constructive feedback will help create future…
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Light

Isn’t it amazing how sunlight always seems to make things feel different? I don’t know if it’s the Vitamin D or what, but when the sun is shining, people just walk a little lighter, smile a little more often, and carry a bit more positivity in their outlook. Light is often used in the Bible…
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Rev. Winter Hamilton

Special Message from Rev. Winter Hamilton

Hey Friends! I hope this note finds you in good spirits and warm weather. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Rev. Winter Hamilton and I am the new Pastor of Adult Faith Formation. I have been serving at Manchester UMC for six years, and have been doing Christian education for…
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Church online

How Do I Participate?

Everyone is welcome to participate in any of these online classes or groups.  The classes and groups are meeting through a free website/app called ZOOM.  You can use your phone, tablet or personal computer. If you are connecting from your computer, you will just go to the website. If you are using your smartphone or…
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Online All-Church Study

Our All-Church Study will be continuing online until we are all back together again! There will be new curriculum produced weekly, still based off of Pastor Andy’s sermons. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Multiple groups are meeting throughout the week. See below which time works best for you! The important…
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The Very Worst Missionary

Special Online Class: The Very Worst Missionary

Dates:  Wednesday, April 15 through May 6Time:  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Leader:  Autumn Dennis, Director of Missions Zoom Required Password:  302942Meeting ID:  925-489-375 Description:   This online class is a deep dive into the topic of missiology– how and why we do missions and to what end. Using the book The Very Worst Missionary by Jamie Wright, we will examine…
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We Need Each Other

We need each other. It’s how we are created, you know, to be in relationship. We are made to connect with others. The image of God is relational, which means we, created in the divine image, are too. “In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” “Individually we are members of one…
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Our Missions Response to COVID-19: Info, Resources, and FAQ

Hello church, These are very hard and trying times. As we struggle to keep up with the stream of news changing every minute, many of us are wondering what is being done to care for the most vulnerable in our society. Our identity as a missional church does not change in times such as these,…
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Reformation

There are some occasions, albeit rare, when one is aware that one is witnessing history. These are the times when we are able to step back from the events of the day and think, “Our children’s children will study this time.” Coming to that realization allows us to more deeply appreciate the moment as it…
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Kim Robinson

Director of Joyful Noise Choir I grew up mostly in Texas and Oklahoma and have lived in 10 cities. I moved to St. Louis in 2008. My degree is in Vocal Music Education and I have been teaching choir and piano for 30 years. I also spent several years working with church youth and children…
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Kurtis Heinrich

Director of Cantate Youth Choir I was named the Director, Cantate Youth Choir in August 2019 after having attended Manchester UMC, and singing in Chancel Choir, for about four years. Outside of Manchester, I teach 6-8 grade choir at Pattonville Heights Middle School in the Pattonville School District. I have be teaching middle and high…
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Unsettledness

Manchester UMC’s Lent theme, “New Again: Recreating Meaning in Uncertain Times,” has a lot of people buzzing. It seems there are a lot of us sensing this is a season of unsettledness, presenting us with possibilities for new growth. It is always a joy to receive notes, emails, and feedback from people after a sermon.…
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Nick Reinhardt-Swierk

Director of Young Adult & Social Justice Ministries I serve as Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Coordinator. I received my Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard University. Most recently, I was the Associate Director of the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson, MO. I have been involved in ecumenical work…
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Call To Worship

The Worship WIN Team would like to issue a “Call to Worship.” This call comes as an invitation to “Rediscover, Renew, and Recreate.” And here’s what it looks like: The season of Lent begins this week; the five weekends of March are contained in the sacred season this year. The “Call to Worship” is simple:…
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Backstage Pass

Wednesday, March 11, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary Rev. Andy Bryan takes a behind-the-scenes look atone of the most important topics facing our church today. As Missouri’s lead delegate to the 2020 General Conference, Rev. Andy will share an insider’s look into the preparations leading up to this important May event, and also explore what…
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Epworth Children and Family Services

Epworth is a United Methodist-related community nonprofit with the mission of helping children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment.

Gifts and Abilities

Editor’s Note:Rev. Jim Peich is our guest author for this edition of the Pastor’s Note. Manchester UMC Family: More than 1,000 people come to worship at Manchester UMC every weekend. That’s a whole bunch of people! It also represents a whole bunch of different passions, perspectives, personalities, experiences, and abilities. Call me crazy, but I…
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Hope

Hope is one of the “big three” of 1st Corinthians 13. “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three.” Hope is on my mind this week as I read Maya Angelou’s well-known poem, Still I Rise. “Like dust … like air … like hope … I rise.” Hope is what guides us when we are not…
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World’s Most Formidable Church Staff

Manchester UMC has an amazing staff. Faithful, brilliant, focused. I have often called them the “World’s Most Formidable Church Staff.” Not a day goes by they do not inspire me.   The passing of our 2020 budget by the Leadership Board on Jan. 19 has made way for some organizational changes that I think will…
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Liberation Day

I’m writing this article on Monday, January 27, 2020. Seventy-five years ago today, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated. Today is marked as “Auschwitz Liberation Day,” or “Holocaust Memorial Day,” all around the world.  In her poem, “Touched By an Angel,” Maya Angelou has written a powerful description of what happens when:Love arrivesand in its…
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God’s Voice

The voice of God speaks, and sometimes speaks in unexpected and surprising ways.  Which begs the question: How do we know? There are a lot of voices clamoring for our attention, right? How do we sort out which voice is God’s? It’s pretty loud out here sometimes. When God speaks, we want to be listening.…
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