Category: Connecting

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Inclusive Biblical Interpretation

Dates:  Mondays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, 2022  (6 sessions)Times:  6:30 to 7:45 p.m.Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMCLeaders:   Pastor Winter Hamilton Description: Join Pastor Winter as she guides this class through one of her Top Five Essential Reads for Christians! As Christians, having a strong Biblical foundation for our faith is vital. This class…
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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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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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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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YA Summer Food and Fellowship

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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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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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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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

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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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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Homecoming Sunday

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, August 28, 2022 | 11a – 2p Celebrate being together! Reunite in fun and fellowship as we celebrate being together in community! Everyone is welcome! Food trucks Inflatables Games Fun Fellowship. More details to come! This event is a “kick off” to our fall programming season for Children’s and Family, Youth,…
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Ladies Marathon Bridge

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 through May 2023Time: 9:00 a.m.Location: Fellowship Hall (Sept. 14 and May 2023 only) | Manchester UMCLeader: Diane Ely Description: Join us for Bridge and Fellowship! In September and May, this group plays at Manchester UMC. The Kick Off will be held in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9…
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Musicians Wanted

Modern Worship The Modern Worship band is looking for new musicians, especially drummers, guitarists and keyboard players, to join this team. The Modern Worship team members play for the 9am Sunday worship service and special events. Adults and youth (age 14+) are welcome to let us know your interest by completing this form below. Please…
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Youth Parent Orientation

Who: Parents of 6th Graders & New Youth to Manchester UMC Date: Sunday, June 5, 2022Time: 10:00 a.m.Location: Youth Center | Manchester UMC Leader: Beth Boemler, Youth Director Description: All parents and guardians of incoming 6th graders or students new to Manchester UMC Youth are welcome to attend this orientation session. It will help parents…
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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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Middle School Meet Up

Middle School Meet Up

Middle School Meet Up Middle School Meet-Up is a smaller, informal gathering of middle schoolers. Youth play games together, grow in faith through small group discussion, and do art and mission projects. This is a great alternative for youth who would prefer a smaller setting than the larger Youth Group on Sundays. Dates: Every Wednesday…
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Confirmands 2022

At Manchester UMC, our Confirmation program provides an opportunity for young people to explore the Christian faith alongside other youth in a fun, relevant and engaging way. Our focus is on helping each young person learn about God’s unconditional love and amazing grace through experience and conversation. Congratulations class of 2021-2022 Confirmands andwelcome to Manchester…
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Summer 2022 Catalog

A Note from Rev. Winter Hamilton Happy Summer, Beloved Community! Welcome to the Online Summer Faith Formation Catalog! As we find ourselves in the heat of summer, I hope this letter finds you warm and happy. With these longer days we may find ourselves outside a bit more and taking some time to vacation and…
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Sermon Reflection Studies

Our Sermon Reflection Studies are produced in-house at Manchester UMC by the Pastor of Adult Faith Formation. This curriculum is produced weekly and is based off of the sermon for the week. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Sermon Reflection Study Groups meet throughout the week and you can join any…
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About Youth

Youth Mission Statement Manchester Youth is a loving, fun, and inclusive community that equips students to make faith and life decisions by helping them grow in their understanding and relationship with God and others. Learn more about our Youth program: 2022 Youth Summer Opportunities Youth Leadership Teams Confirmation Youth Events, Trips & Activities Youth Calendar…
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One for the Crow Plant Space

Manchester UMC is proud to partner with and support One for the Crow Plant Space.  This is a volunteer run Community Garden in the Gravois Park Neighborhood, on the corner of Pennsylvania & Winnebago, in South City, St. Louis.  Positioned on two abandoned lots, our garden features a small orchard, fruit and veggie plots, and extensive…
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Circle of Friends Preschool

Enroll in Circle of Friends Preschool

We’re excited to help you enroll your child at Circle of Friends Preschool! Please see below for the 2022-2023 Registration Packet that can be easily downloaded. A completed registration packet is required for each child. For children new to the preschool, a birth certificate or passport is necessary to verify the child’s birth date. 2022-2023…
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Youth Summer Opportunities

Youth Summer Programs There are a variety of different youth opportunities offered for 6th-12th graders throughout the summer that not only invite youth to have fun, but grow in their faith, and meet new people. Both Middle School and High School grade groups have their own opportunities and trips, so make sure you check them…
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Circle of Friends Preschool Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of Circle of Friends Preschool using the above video. Register Your Child Today We invite you to let us answer any questions you may have. For more information, call 636.394.6867 or email today! Learn more about Circle of Friends Preschool: About Circle of Friends Our Safety Plans (Covid-19) Frequently Asked…
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Beyond Books

Evening Book Group

Day: Last Wed. of each month (June 29, July 27, Aug. 31)Time:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Location: Fireside Room | Manchester UMCLeader: Emily Stiegemeyer Newcomers are always welcome! Description:  The Evening Book Group enjoys reading and discussing a book per month. Our discussions arise out of questions that are open-ended so everyone can bring their own…
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Doing Theology Together

Doing Theology Together

Dates:  Mondays, Nov. 21 through Dec. 12, 2022  (4 sessions)Times:  6:30 to 7:45 p.m.Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMCLeaders:   Pastor Winter Hamilton Description:  When we read the Bible, we think about God. When we think about God, we are doing theology. This class will explore essays from theologians and biblical scholars using postmodern methods. If…
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Circle of Friends FAQs

We’ve put together this FAQs resource to help Circle of Friends families navigate through this season. These are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you have a question about something that is not covered here or elsewhere on our website, please do not hesitate to email and we will respond…
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VBS 2022

Vacation Bible School

Registration for Weekend Vacation Bible School is still OPEN! In-Person: Daytime, July 11-14 (FULL) or Weekend, July 15 & July 16 Children, ages 4 years old by July 31, 2022 (and potty trained) through 5th grade (Fall 2022), are welcome to Discovery on Adventure Island Vacation Bible School! Students will enjoy interactive, energizing, Bible-based activities…
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Got Questions?

Everyone has difficult faith questions at some time in their lives. Manchester UMC’s 2022 Fall All Church Study and Sermon Series is called Got Questions? These questions will be submitted by the congregation, and address those difficult faith questions. Submit your difficult faith questions by July 1 Check out these websites: Online Classes and Groups…
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Safety first

Preschool Safety Practices

Updated: 5/16/2022 For more than 53 years, Circle of Friends Preschool has been helping children and their families enjoy a great start to life-long learning. The physical, emotional and social health of children, families and staff is a priority of Circle of Friends Preschool. With this in mind, we follow enhanced safety practices as recommended…
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Families and Race

Talking to Your Kids About Race & Diversity

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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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

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9 a.m. to Noon The Leader Circle is an opportunity for leaders to connect with one another, to share our experiences and expertise, to recognize each other’s gifts, to learn about new resources, and to stay connected to the Ministry of Adult Faith Formation. Please register by July 31 and complete…
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Your feedback is appreciated!

Thank you for attending an Adult Faith Formation class! We would sincerely appreciate you 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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AV/Production Team

The AV/Production Team works behind the scenes to make things happen! We are in need of volunteers to help with operating the video camera, running worship slides, Facebook Moderator, photography, and other production opportunities. No experience is necessary and training will be provided. Newcomers are always welcome! If questions, please email Ethan Massey. Please complete…
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Centering Prayer

LEARNING GROUP: Centering Prayer

Date:  Every MondayNo Class: May 30 or July 4 Time: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.Zoom: Please register below and Zoom instructions will be emailed.Leader:   Adele Niblack Description:  Centering Prayer, traditionally called contemplative prayer, is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence. It facilitates the movement from more active modes…
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This group will take the summer off and resume Friday, Sept. 9. Day: FridaysTime: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Location: Room 221 | Manchester UMCLeader: Barbara Bess Description:  This is a group of mature women who enjoy reading and discussing a variety of religious themed books, by authors Adam Hamilton, Phillip Yancey, Henri Nouwen, and many…
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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Friday, February 11, 2022 at 7p: Postponed Updated 01/18/2022 Important Update: This concert has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Please continue to check back for updates. Refunds will be distributed by one of these methods: If you purchased your tickets online through, you should receive a full refund from…
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