In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Manchester UMC is re-framing its ministries for the foreseeable future. As much as 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,” but we’ll need to do so in new and creative ways. Church Online is a resource to help us do that. It will be updated regularly.
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Rev. Andy Bryan will lead daily prayer at 2:30 p.m. each day from his personal Facebook profile. Tune in and pray with us.
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.
The Shared Streets ministry will share resources for daily prayer and reading the Psalms to download and share. These resources will be shared on this page as they become available.
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.
Worship services will be live-streamed at 9:30 a.m. (Modern) and 11 a.m. (Traditional) on Sundays from Manchester UMC’s Facebook page.
Pastor On Call
A pastor is available 7 days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day for emergencies; call 636-200-4790.
Join a Class, Small Group, or All Church Study ONLINE!
We have a new April & May Adult Faith Formation Online Catalog with almost 30 different opportunities for you to connect, all online. We are excited to announce that our All Church Study will be continuing on until we are all back together again! There will be new curriculum produced weekly, still based off of Rev. Andy’s sermons.
Do you have enough toilet paper to share? Do you need help getting groceries? Are you feeling really alone? Solidarity Circles are small groups of people who support each other in times of uncertainty. 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 will meet online on Sundays at 4 p.m. Confirmation will meet online Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (see login information above). Beginning March 23, daily family prayer prompts will be provided on Facebook, and small groups will check in twice weekly via GroupMe.
‘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 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 #ManchesterUMC, 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.