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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Samantha Fomera

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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Chessey Brenton

Chessey Brenton

Growing Child Faith Connections Personally and As Members of the Body Workshop Description: Let’s talk together about how we can help children grow personally on their faith journeys, with fellow classmates, and intergenerationally to the church body as a whole. Inclusion of young people in the church is vital to our success and longevity, as…
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Nick Mundwiller

Nick Mundwiller

Work in Progress Workshop Description: Some of us are lucky to have a clear sense of call to pursue a career in congregational ministry. Their roles are defined and come with power in the institution, and then there are the rest of us. In this workshop for laity, Nick will explore call without vocation as…
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Teddy Steen

Teddy Steen

I Can Do Anything Except the God Thing Workshop Description: Church can be an important part of bringing people in the recovery community to an active faith. And, the church has received so much in return. This work shop will discuss attraction vs. promotion as a way to change people’s stereotypical thoughts on people who…
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Rev. Monica Jefferson

Engaging Your Community with Cultural Sensitivity Workshop Description: Social Justice requires a range of awareness, knowledge, and skills. Many of our local churches are experiencing the challenge of connecting and communicating with anyone outside of their comfort zones.  Knowing where and how to connect requires engaging people, issues, and opportunities with cultural sensitivity.  “See All…
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Rev Elsie Quintanilla

Rev. Elsie Quintanilla

Growing Together Workshop Description: This workshop will help participants understand the perspective of Latino ministries within the church and how they can become multicultural churches, facilitating the transition of first- and second-generation immigrants to insert them into the life and service of local congregations. Biography: Rev. Elsie Quintanilla currently serves as a senior pastor at…
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Rev. Poese Vatikani

Rev. Poese Vatikani

Woven Together In A Context Is Not Yours Workshop Description: Woven Together (Lalanga Fakataha in my Native Tongan language) is a rich cultural, communal work that our people still practice on my island back in Tonga in the South Pacific. Our small rural town in Tonga is very rich in familial connections which provides a…
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Teresa Stewart

Teresa Stewart

The Distinctive Gifts of Small Congregations: Co-Weaving the Kin-dom of God Workshop Description: What if you had distinctive, urgently-needed gifts that are generally unavailable to big congregations? You do. What if your small-setting ministry is uniquely positioned to avoid risks of top-down deciding, program thinking, and toxic charity? It is. And what if it starts…
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Rev Harold Russell Ewell II

Rev. Harold “Russell” Ewell II

Beyond Accessibility Workshop Description: This Is Not Your Ordinary Disability Ministries Training! In this workshop, Rev. Russell Ewell will invite participants to explore the various ways that Ableist thought has informed the theology, ministries, and institutions of the Church. Attendees will discover ways to empower, be in solidarity with, and advocate with the disability community…
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Aimee Wehmeier

Making the Path to Worship Accessible for People with Disabilities Workshop Description: Aimee Wehmeier will share her journey as a late comer to the church. Learn what practices created barriers and what practices brought her closer to God. Discover how inclusion moved her from a seeker to a believer to an investor. Biography: Aimee Wehmeier,…
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Dr Christopher Hunt

Dr. Christopher Hunt

Giving Christ a New Face: James Baldwin, Black Religion, and the Death of Alabaster Christianity Workshop Description: In the aftermath of the 1963 bombing of the16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama that claimed the lives of four young Black girls, James Baldwin stated: “It is time that we, who in one way or another…
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Rev R DeAndre Johnson

Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson

Just Worship: Exploring the Intersection of Worship & Justice Workshop Description: Through his work in churches of various sizes, demographics and worship styles, DeAndre has developed a passion for enlivening congregational song and exploring the ways in which worship becomes a catalyst for true reconciliation and discipleship. DeAndre is one of those rare gifts who…
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Isaac Simmons (Ms. Penny Cost)

Divine Creativity: Dwelling at the Convergence of Art & Social Change Workshop Description: You have heard it said, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but truly I tell you, in times of unknown, your art is priceless. Join Ms. Penny Cost for an incredible workshop exploring the revolutionary power that dwells at the convergence…
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Politics & the Church

This Backstage Pass was presented on Wednesday, November 17 at 7p. Together we discussed how politics and the church intersect within The United Methodist Church and Manchester UMC. Rev. Andy Bryan explained how The United Methodist Church, Manchester UMC and individual clergy go about choosing which social and political topics to address. They also explored…
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Foster Family

Help children in foster care

Do you have time and love to give? Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent but felt the commitment was too big? Did you know foster parents need temporary help? Yes, foster families are always in need of temporary help. This is a great way to share your love and time with a child,…
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About Manchester UMC

Manchester United Methodist Church is a 2,600-member congregation that traces its roots back to 1826. The church is one of the largest United Methodist congregations in the United States and is located in West St. Louis County of Missouri. The church is an inclusive community where all are welcome. WELCOME We extend God’s love and…
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Previous Online All-Church Study

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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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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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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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COVID-19 Protocols Summary

Last updated: May 16, 2022 Safety is a priority at Manchester United Methodist Church. This page contains the current COVID-19 protocols and guidance for Manchester UMC. Any changes to church protocols or guidance will become effective once they appear on this page. IMPORTANT: If you test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms within 10 days…
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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.

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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Join the Welcome Team

First-time visitors tell us one of the first things they notice at Manchester UMC is the Welcome Team, that is “The folks in the red shirts!” The Welcome Team members are the first impression to visitors as we welcome all to worship. It’s a great way to show God’s love and meet new people. The…
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Review Us!

Manchester UMC is on Google Business. This is a popular site that people use to determine if they will visit the church. Think they should? Let them know. Write a short review and rate us a 5 if you enjoy this church! Here’s how: 1) Be sure you are signed in to your Google Account*…
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Meet a Faith Coach

Are you ready to get plugged in at Manchester UMC but not sure where to start? Don’t worry…we are here to help! Our team of Faith Coaches has been equipped with great tools, an in-depth knowledge of our ministries, and, most importantly, the gift of encouragement to help you discover the Next Step on your…
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Show Me Democracy

Sunday, August 18, 201912:30 – 3:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall On Sunday, August 18, 2019 we joined in commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising! We hosted filmmaker, Dan Parris, as well as Ferguson activists and residence as we watched and discussed the documentary “Show Me Democracy.” Show Me Democracy centers on seven St. Louis…
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Melanie Knipping

Preschool Director

July 4th Celebration

Concessions from 5-9p Enjoy some delicious food and and refreshing beverages from the Manchester UMC Concession Stand. All proceeds will go toward the Early Response Team ministry. Singles Connection STL from 8-10p Be sure to stop by the Singles Connection STL hospitality booth that night for some special surprises. Fireworks at 9:15p Bring a lawn…
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Livestream

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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Ministry Leader Resources

Thank you for the ways that you serve and lead at Manchester UMC! Your time and talent is a blessing to the church and the lives that it impacts. This page exists to be a helpful resource for current and future ministry leaders at Manchester UMC. We recommend you bookmark this page and then spend…
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Connect Card

We’re so glad you’re here today! Help us stay connected with you. Please fill out one digital or paper connect card per household every time you participate in an activity or gathering of Manchester UMC. All people are welcome and safe here. If you need assistance or would like more information, please check out our…
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Mother 2 Mother

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 12:15-3 p.m. Open to the Public Mother 2 Mother was a conversation with black mothers to the white community about “The Talk” with their black sons. The mothers shared the challenges and dangers of raising black sons in today’s world. Hosted by Manchester UMC’s Racial Justice team in preparation for Martin…
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Guest Feedback

We’d love to receive feedback about your visit. Your input helps us to make Manchester UMC a great experience for all who attend. Please take a moment to answer the below questions. Also, if you’d like to connect with us as a church, we invite you to also provide your contact information.