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.”
In case you missed the Backstage Pass with Rev. Andy Bryan on July 22, you can view it on Facebook and the website. Pastor Andy went behind the scenes to explain Manchester’s response to the pandemic, including criteria for moving into new phases of the Pandemic Plan for Ministry and Mission. Q&A included. Get more details.
Financial Discipleship: Our financial gifts are needed now more than ever to sustain Christ’s mission and ministry during this crisis. Give now!
Join a Class, Small Group, or All Church Study! Over 30 opportunities to connect.
Recent Sermons. Get the latest recorded messages from our clergy.
Organ Concert with John & Ursula. Periodic concerts on Wednesdays at noon via Facebook
Social Justice Conversations with Nick. Wednesdays at 1 p.m. via Facebook
Choir Time with Kevin. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. via Facebook
Manchester Youth meets online Sundays at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Follow the link to get all the scoop, including GroupMe small group meetings.
Missions Response to COVID-19. Find ways to be the church at home.
Pandemic Plan for Ministry and Mission. Working document overview.
Return to the Manchester UMC home page for all the details about the church.
Note: Like or Follow any of the Facebook pages listed and Facebook will automatically notify you at the start of each event. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the worship services; they can be viewed on the website. However, you won’t be able to interact, share, or comment. Click here to easily set up a Facebook account. (Even if you don’t personally use it, you will find it helpful as you worship online)!
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Our Prayer Team prays every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from their homes. We would like to pray for your specific needs during this unsettled time. Please send us a prayer request.
Looking for a new spiritual prayer practice? The Shared Streets Ministry is sharing its small chanting book with excerpts from the United Methodist Hymnal. There is a printable view and a device view available. Here is a short video of Rev. Winter Hamilton teaching how to chant.
Stephen Ministry We have over 20 trained Stephen Ministers available by phone to the congregation and community. These folks can provide spiritual and emotional support during difficult life situations such as loss of a job, a serious illness, loss of a loved one, etc. If you or a loved one needs this service, contact Carolyn Langston 314-409-3729.
In your own prayer time, please remember those directly affected by COVID-19, our healthcare workers, government officials, your neighbors, and our church.
Pastor On Call is available 7 days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day for emergencies; call 636-200-4790.
Visitation is still available. We are making daily hospital visits and also conducting Homebound visits by phone. Call Carolyn Langston to schedule a phone visit at 314-409-3729.
Join a Class, Small Group, or All Church Study ONLINE! Over 30 opportunities to connect.
Solidarity Circles are small groups of people who support each other in times of uncertainty. Do you have enough toilet paper to share? Do you need help getting groceries? Are you feeling really alone? It is our responsibility to care for and support one another. There are several ways to get help or be of help. This ministry is managed by Manchester UMC’s Social Justice team. Check out this link to get started!
A short devotion time by Rev. Winter Hamilton will be offered based on the week’s sermon content at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on Manchester UMCs Facebook page.
‘Choir Time With Kevin,’ hosted by Kevin McBeth, will be on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Chancel Choir Facebook page.
‘Wednesday Worship with Kiersten,’ hosted by Kiersten Rose, will be on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on the Modern Worship Facebook page.
Manchester Youth are meeting online for all kinds of fun and games this summer. Additionally, Youth Director Beth Boemler is scheduling “porch visits” with each youth. For more information, go here.
‘Storytime with Chessey,’ is at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Chessey Brenton will read a story for our kids on the Children and Family Ministries Facebook page. In addition, there will be a Sunday School curriculum with scripture, reflections, and activities easy to do from home posted on the Children and Family Ministries Facebook page.
Social Justice Lessons and Conversations will be at 1 p.m. every weekday. Join Nick Reinhardt-Swierk on the Manchester UMC Social Justice Facebook page.
A video Check-in will be posted periodically by Nick Reinhardt-Swierk on the Young Adult Facebook page.
Autumn Dennis, our Director of Missions, has created a web page outlining “Our Missions Response to COVID-19: Info, Resources, and FAQs.” Access that page here.
Very importantly, so that we can continue to be the church in this season, our financial discipleship must continue with online giving. Choose “General Fund” for the greatest impact. You can also text MUMC to 73256 to offer your tithes toward our ministries.
You ARE the light of the world. Today, that might look like setting up a loved one with a social media profile and helping them find some friends, so they can have a connecting point to others. The love of God today might look like offering toilet paper to a neighbor who really needs it. Your light might be a connection of small groups, families, and individuals keeping “social distance” from one another, while striving for spiritual intimacy.
We ask that you share your light on social media. Post the good you see God doing in your life, and in the lives of others throughout this crisis. Tag Manchester UMC, use the hashtag #belongSTL, or email us your story.
We’re creating the path as we take each step. But even now there are a lot of ways that we can continue to be the church that God is calling us to be. This is not a challenge; this is an opportunity!
It is an opportunity to renew our covenant, to recall that we are members of one another. It is an opportunity to refresh our promises of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. We are just going to have to reframe how we are doing those things.
Y’all, there is always hope. For thousands of years the Church has found ways to remain together, to weather the storms, to stay faithful to our mission. We’ve been here before; we’ll be here again. And as it happens, we are here now. And what will we do in this moment?
Prayers. Presence. Gifts. Service. Witness. The familiar practices, re-framed for a new season. In this moment, we will continue to be the church.