Category: Children & Families

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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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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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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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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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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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Melanie Knipping

Preschool Director As the Director of Circle of Friends Preschool, I have a passion for helping children and families enjoy a great start to life-long learning! I have an Associate’s degree in Child Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Business. I have been involved in the early childhood education field as both a teacher and…
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Melanie Knipping

Preschool Director

Kenna Marcus

Kenna Marcus

Director of Communications I was born and raised in Texas, but Enterprise and my husband’s promotion brought us up to Missouri. So far, I love it!  Great people and great surroundings.  I received my BA in Speech Communications at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and my MA in Communications from Lindenwood University.  My…
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Tuition, Fees & Refunds

2022-2023 School Year At Circle of Friends Preschool, we offer flexible schedules and a variety of opportunities for your child. After you’ve explored the options we offer, please let us answer any questions you may have. Once you’ve made your decision, we would be delighted to register and enroll your child. Registration Fee A non-refundable…
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Becky Bassett

Teacher: Ages 4/5 –

Denise Saunders

Teacher: Age 3 –

Jill Mason

Teacher: Toddlers/Age 1 –

Jill Worland

Teacher: Ages 4/5 –

Karrie Hetzler

Teacher: Ages 4/5 – 

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Kelly Hall

Teacher: Music – 

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Kristen Taylor

Teacher: Ages 4/5 –

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Kristi Metter

Teacher: Age 3 –

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Linda Anthony

Teacher: BeforeCare & Music

Lissette Brugueras

Teacher: Ages 4/5 –

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Meghan Ferguson

Teacher: Age 2 –

Nina Walton

Teacher: Age 2 –

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Sue Parra

Teacher: Age 2 –

Sunday Morning

Welcome Children & Families! At Manchester UMC, we offer many ways for children and families to grow in faith and knowledge of God. Our children and families are ALWAYS welcome, safe, and loved by our staff, volunteers, and of course by God. We hope you will join us as we continue to educate these wonderful ever-growing…
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Susan Fehr

Teacher: Ages 4/5 –

Friendship Class

Day: Two Sundays per Month: Dates are TBDTime: 11:00 to NoonLocation: Room 219Leader: Tracy Marak Description:  Manchester UMC’s Friendship Class is a Sunday school program for members and visitors (high school – adulthood) with developmental delays. While the group is in session, parents of Friendship Class students can attend church on their own or have…
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Drama & Arts

Welcome to the Drama and Arts department at Manchester UMC. We provide dramas for worship, meetings, special events, and partner organizations, as well as larger outreach productions. Our group consists of novices to professionals, children to seniors, and our productions consist of everything from one-person monologues to casts of over 100, covering everything from 3…
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Program & Class Options

Circle of Friends Preschool serves children ages 1 to 5 through a variety of programming options. After reviewing our program and class options below, we invite you to schedule a tour to get a feel for our preschool and let us answer any questions you may have. We are currently enrolling for in-person classes for…
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Circle of Friends PALs

UPDATED: Parents As Leaders (PALs) is currently on hiatus and will be making a modified return during the 2022-2023 school year. This an opportunity for current Circle of Friends parents to serve as leaders in and provide support to the Circle of Friends community.  PALs will work closely with the Circle of Friends administration and…
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Children’s Choirs

Manchester United Methodist Church has a long standing history of music and the worship arts. Our Children’s Choirs help children experience the joy of music and the satisfaction of praising God as they serve in cultivating their God-given talents in ministering to our congregation and the community through music. Our Children’s Choir Mission is to provide an…
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Parent Resources

Welcome to the Children and Family Ministries Parent Resource page. As we journey through the experience of parenthood together, here are some resources that will help along the way. New topics and resources will be added over time so feel free to check back frequently. We have added a Parent Resource Wall to the Children’s…
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Circle of Friends Preschool

Every Child Deserves A Great Start! For more than 53 years, Circle of Friends Preschool has been helping children (ages 1 to 5) and their families enjoy a great start to life-long learning. We are currently enrolling for in-person classes for the 2022-2023 school year. What Makes Our Program Highly Effective? Play and hands-on learning that…
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Resources for Current Families

  2022 Important Dates April 11 & 12 – Parent Teacher Conferences & Art Show April 14 – NO SCHOOL for Rooms 110 & 111 April 15 & 18 – NO SCHOOL ALL CLASSES May 11 – Wheels Day May 23 – Room 116 Graduation May 24 – Room 111 Graduation May 25 – Room…
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Nursery

Manchester UMC’s Nursery Ministry provides loving, nurturing care for children ages six weeks to three years. Developmentally appropriate toys and activities help them experience God’s love in a Christian environment. Our goal is to make their church experience a positive one from their very first day. If questions, or to change or cancel your childcare…
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About Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends Preschool is an outreach of Manchester United Methodist Church. The school is located on the lower level of the main church building near the intersection of Highway 141 and Manchester Road in Manchester, Missouri. We are currently enrolling for in-person classes for the following: 2021-2022 school year 2022-2023 school year 2022 Summer…
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Safe Gatherings at Manchester UMC

We follow a practice called “Safe Gatherings” (formerly known as “Safe Sanctuary”) to help ensure the safety of minors and vulnerable adults as well as our staff and volunteers. It is our practice that volunteers provide relevant personal information, undergo a background screening, successfully complete online child safety training and receive  recommendations from two references…
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PRAYground

PRAYground is available at the 9:00 & 11:00 worship services! Children participate in quiet play as they listen to the Sunday’s message in the front of the Sanctuary. Facilitated by two Safe Gatherings volunteers so that parents/guardians can focus on fueling their faith. If you have questions about PRAYground, please email the Director of Children…
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Children

Welcome to Manchester United Methodist Church Children’s and Family Ministries. At MUMC, we offer many ways for children to grow in faith and knowledge of God, and for families to grow together in faith. Our children and families are ALWAYS welcome, safe, and loved by our staff, volunteers, and of course by God. We hope…
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Scouting Ministry

Manchester UMC’s Scouting Ministry provides Scouting Medal opportunities. If you are looking to learn more about general Scouting Ministry information at Manchester UMC, please complete the form below. Want to learn more about our Scouting Ministry? Please complete one form per child/youth.