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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Current Connections

Dates: Mondays, Jan. 23 – Feb. 20 (5 Sessions)Monday, Feb. 20, President’s Day, is Zoom OnlyTime: 6:30 – 7:30pLeader: Rev. Andy Bryan, Lead PastorRoom: 221 | Manchester UMCZoom ID#: 873 8305 0613 Passcode: 182414 Description: Each week this group will read the top 2 to 4 news stories as reported by the Associated Press and…
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Season of Advent: The Peaceable Kingdom

This weekend marks the beginning of the season of Advent. This year, our worship theme is “The Peaceable Kingdom.” We will be thinking together about God’s peace, the shalom that is spoken of in scripture and is a part of the promised coming of Jesus, who is the “Prince of Peace.” The season is full…
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Fundraising Update

The Finance Team would appreciate knowing each ministry’s fundraising activities. In order to do this, please complete the following form to help keep informed about your ministry’s fundraising activities. Please complete one form per ministry if your ministry uses a fundraiser: If questions, please email Pastor Phil Estes.

HEALTH GROUP: Volleyball

Day:  Sundays, Winter 2023Time:  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Location:  LaSalle Springs Middle SchoolLeader:  Bill Ahal Description:   The Methodist Volleyball League’s 2023 season starts in January and runs thru the end of March.  This league plays recreational volleyball on Sunday evenings at LaSalle Springs Middle School. Rules are for recreational volleyball and adult (over 18 years of age)…
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Pecan Pie for Sale

The Hospitality Ministry will be making and selling pecan pies for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. These will be 8″ pies that will cost $15 per pie. All orders must be prepaid and can be picked up at designated times in the kitchen at Manchester UMC. Thanksgiving order must be received by November 16 and…
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Matured in Faith

Every year, as we approach the season of Advent, we celebrate a Sunday we call “Reign of Christ Sunday” or “Christ the King Sunday.” It marks the end of the liturgical year, and functions as a pivot point into the expectancy and hope of Advent.  Life is cyclical, seasonal. We come to Reign of Christ…
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Advent Lectio Group

Advent Lectio Divina Groups

Dates: Mondays, Nov. 28 – Dec. 19 (4 sessions)Location: Manchester UMC (see below) Times Leaders Location 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Pastor Winter Hamilton Chapel 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Pastor Andy Bryan Fireside Room Description: Lectio Divina is a contemplative practice of scripture reading from the 6th century. Participants will be led through a quiet mediation,…
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Holy Land 2023 Trip

“Pastor Jim was a great leader on our Holy Land trip. For me, every Bible reading and class comes to life more than ever before. Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane brought tears to my eyes. So many wonderful memories.” Don Erhardt May 16-25, 2023 Deepen your faith as you immerse yourself in the land…
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Deck the Halls

Saturday, November 26 / 9a-Noon On Saturday morning, November 26, from 9am-Noon, let’s join together to create a welcoming and festive space for fellowship and worship in the sanctuary, lobby, and chapel. We will have a decorating party with carols playing, hot cider and cocoa on tap, Christmas crafts for kiddos and childcare for younger…
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A Diverse People

Last week, each of the five jurisdictions of the United Methodist Church in the United States met. The main purpose of these meetings is the election of bishops. The jurisdiction of which we are a part is the South Central Jurisdiction, which includes Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and part of New Mexico.…
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Season of Giving 2022

Sunday, Nov. 20 – Sunday, Dec. 25 God has given us the greatest gift of all, let’s give back with actions of faith this Season of Giving! This year, the Missions Team is launching a Season of Giving which runs Sunday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, December 25. The Manchester UMC congregation will provide much needed…
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The Next Place

The questions that comprise our third week of the “Got Questions?” series are all about what we might call the “afterlife.” Questions about heaven. Questions about hell. Questions about where God lives. Questions about what happens to us when we die. These are, just like all the questions we’ve wrestled with, really big and weighty…
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Winter Wonderland Walk

Children & Family Ministry Night Out Date: Monday, November 28, 2022Time: 5:40/5:50 p.m.Meeting Location: Tillis Park Leader: Chessey Brenton, Director of Children and Family Ministries Description: On Monday, November 28 at 5:40/5:50 pm, let’s join in the Winter Wonderland fun at Tillis Park as a church community! Families are invited to slowly meander through over…
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There is something special happening during this worship series and all-church study. It is called “Got Questions?” and we are addressing theological questions posed by the congregation.  I thought this was going to be a “teachy” kind of series, where we named the questions and talked about the different ways those questions have been asked…
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In the second week of our “Got Questions?” sermon series and all-church study, we will consider questions that were raised in the broad category of spirituality. Several people asked questions about encountering the Holy Spirit in the world, about prayer and meditation, about spiritual practices, and so forth. We often make a distinction between “spirituality”…
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Got Questions?

Back in June, the people of Manchester UMC asked a BUNCH of really awesome questions. No question was “out-of-bounds.” Anything you had ever wondered about God, about the church, about Jesus, about … well, anything! We wrote down all those awesome questions and shared them in preparation for an upcoming worship series we were going…
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The Masks We Wear

For our final week of the worship series “May the Force Be With You,” we are going to spend a little time with the bad guy. I mean, he’s THE bad guy of all bad guys, in my opinion. I have never seen a movie villain more … um … let’s say “villian-y”…  than the…
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UMCOR Hurricane Relief


United Methodist Committee on Relief As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to people throughout the world.…
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J.U.M.P. for 4th & 5th Graders

Welcome 4th/5th graders to J.U.M.P. (Junior United Methodist People)! J.U.M.P. is a transitional program that will help as you move from Children’s Ministry into Youth Ministry over the next few years. This program is run by current youth group students with the help of the Dir. of Youth Ministry, Beth Boemler, and the future Director…
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Life Eternal, Life Beyond Death

The Nicene Creed says, “We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” The Apostles’ Creed professes a belief in “the resurrection of the body.”  Using language that has not been altered or updated since 1808, the United Methodist Book of Discipline says, “Christ did truly rise again…
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Modern Worship Ministry

The mission and vision or the Modern Worship Ministry is to honor God by building up a community of people who desire to authentically live life in a way that elevates God, embraces others, and grows us closer to the heart of Christ. In Modern Worship, we worship using contemporary language and teaching, modern music…
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Name Your Fear You Must

When Master Yoda said, “Fear is the path to the dark side,” he was speaking with a young student named Anakin Skywalker. He told him, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Tragically, there was much fear in Anakin, and Yoda’s words…
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Become a “Chairperson”

Serve with the Modern Worship Team Date: Every SundayTime: 8-9a or 10-11a Location: Fellowship HallLeader: Kiesten Rose The Modern Worship service is now meeting in Fellowship Hall each Sunday. Because Fellowship Hall is a shared space, extra hands are needed in setting up chairs prior to worship and resetting the room after worship each Sunday.…
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Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 7p Kris Rizzotto was named a member of The Diapason‘s 20 Under 30 Class of 2017, which recognizes young leaders in the fields of organ, harpsichord, carillon, and church music. They are also a self-published composer for organ, choir, and piano, with emphasis in sacred repertoire for religious services. Rizzotto…
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Music Ministry Showcase

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 9 & 11a Worship Services To culminate our 25th season, the entire MUMC music ministry will lead two services of worship and music! Children, youth and adults will sing and play instrument to the glory of God! Erin Bryan, John Cargile, Kurtis Heinrich, Kevin McBeth, Emily Pikaard, Kiersten Rose, Tara…
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IN CONCERT: Central Methodist University Choral Department

Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 7p We welcome the talented students from Central Methodist University on their spring tour. The CMU choral program started in 1932 as a student-led organization and has continued to established itself as an outstanding choral organization in the state. Dr. Patrick Dill, director of choral activities There’s plenty of Free…
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We Shall Overcome

Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 7p Celebrate Black History month with the glorious sounds of the MUMC Colby Pipe Organ. This concert will feature music by Black composers and arrangers, including the music of Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Adolphus Hailstork. John Cargile, organ There’s plenty of Free Parking available. The entire St. Louis community…
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May The Force Be With You

First of all, let me just reassure those of you who are not fans of Star Wars, these next four weeks will still be meaningful for you. So what I’m saying is, please do not let the fact that our upcoming worship series is about the theology of Star Wars keep you from coming to…
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Circle of Friends Parent Feedback

As a former Circle of Friends Preschool family, Manchester United Methodist Church invites you to take a few minutes to complete the brief survey below about your experiences last school year (2021-2022). Your feedback will help Circle of Friends enhance its ability to provide children and families a great start to life-long learning! Your responses…
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Keep It Real

Did you ever have an experience that was so good it just didn’t seem real?  On a family vacation in the Rocky Mountain National Park, I got up earlier than everyone else one morning and hiked a trail at dawn. Almost alone on the trail, in the stillness of the morning, seeing the sun rise…
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Fall Programming 2022

Manchester UMC offers a variety of programming starting this fall. Several ministries are offering many options to grow in faith, be in fellowship, and connect to the community through classes, groups, and events. From the Children & Families Ministry to Adult Faith Formation to Worship Arts, there is something for everyone at all ages and…
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It Is Time To Dream

This weekend, we are wrapping up our three-week worship series, “Live in Love: What’s Next for the United Methodist Church.” The first week, we talked about our recent history and the context of the current flashpoint in the UMC regarding marriage and ordination of people in the LGBT+ community. Understanding how we got to where…
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“Clobber Verses”

This week, the sermon comes with a “content warning.” I really want everyone to be aware that I will be talking about the particular Bible verses that are referenced whenever people discuss homosexuality. Many people refer to these few verses collectively as the “clobber verses.”  Isn’t that something? This group of verses has earned a…
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Senior Social Drop-In

Dates:  2nd & 4th Thursdays of month Times:  9:00 a.m. to Noon Location:  Room 141 | Manchester UMC Leader:   Sue Copeland Description: A new fun group is meeting on the second and fourth Thursdays each month from 9 am to noon in Room 141. The purpose of the group meets to socialize and have fun…
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Christmas Party!

Who: Young Adults (ages 18 – 40) Date: Friday, December 16, 2022Time: 6-9p Location: Register below and location information providedLeader: Liz Shuburte Description: Calling all Young Adults, age 18-40!  It’s a Young Adult Christmas Party!  Join us December 16th from 6-9pm to celebrate the season with carols and fellowship! Food and drinks provided. This is…
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Staff Maintenance Request

For Staff Use Only Please complete this form and carefully read the following information. Request Maintenance at Manchester UMC Once a Maintenance Project Request form has been submitted, an email confirming your request will be sent to you. Please complete one form for each staff maintenance request: If you have any questions, please contact Sherri…
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Intuitive Eating Support Group

Dates:  Mondays through Dec. 19, 2022Times:  4:00 to 5:00 p.m. In Person: Room 221 | Manchester UMCZoom ID #:  931 0610 6185Passcode:  061838Leader:   Ali Fields Description: Using the book, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach, 4th edition by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch as the group’s guide and each other as supportive safe space, this…
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Meals & Ministry Volunteer Team

Our Mission Foster multi-generational relationships and discipleship at Manchester UMC through food and programs on Wednesday evenings. Our Purpose Sign-up to Help this Spring Help make the Meals and Ministry (M&M) program possible by signing up to volunteer for one or more of the 15 meals scheduled for this Spring semester. You can choose from…
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Building an Endowment for Ministry Impact

Establishing Your Faith Legacy “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”Nelson Henderson I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19…
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Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Ph.D.

Intersections/Intersectionality/Intersecting Justice Workshop Description: Let’s explore the topic of identity/identities and intersecting identities. Let’s consider and explore the notion that  an individual’s identity consists of multiple, intersecting factors, including but not limited to gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, class (past and present), religious beliefs, sexual identity and sexual expression. Let’s acknowledge that people experience the…
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Christmas Missions Offering

During this Season of Giving, above and beyond generosity is needed now more than ever. Make a financial donation by using this green button. Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions from the Christmas Missions Offering, this financial support went directly to these agencies! Thank you! Check out these related websites:

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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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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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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