Church Online

Church Online

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.”

Quick Links

Worship Online Only via Facebook Live Streaming Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Detailed explanation.

Join a Class, Small Group, or All Church Study! Over 30 opportunities to connect.

Recent Sermons. Get the latest recorded messages from our clergy.

Prayer Time with Rev. Andy. Weekdays at 2:30 p.m. via Facebook

Spiritual Practices with Rev. Stephanie. Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. via Facebook

Storytime with Chessey. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. (You must join the Children and Families Facebook Group).

Devotion with Rev. Winter, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. via Facbook

Organ Concert with John & Ursula. Wednesdays at noon via Facebook

Social Justice Conversations with Nick. Wednesdays at 1 p.m. via Facebook

Wednesday Worship with Kiersten. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. via Facebook

Reflections with Rev. Phil. Thursdays at 11:30 a.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 live stream but you won’t be able to interact with it in any way. 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)!

Click on the headers below for more details underneath each category.

Prayers

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.

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.

Presence

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.

Visitation

We are making daily hospital visits by phone. We are also conducting Homebound visits by phone. Call Carolyn Langston to schedule a phone visit: 314-409-3729.

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.

Solidarity Circles

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 7 p.m. Additionally, small groups check in twice weekly via GroupMe. Youth Director Beth Boemler also hosts a weekly Instagram live on Fridays at 7:00 pm. 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.

Service

Autumn Dennis has created a web page outlining “Our Missions Response to COVID-19: Info, Resources, and FAQs.” Access that page here.

Gifts

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.

Witness

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.