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lent & Easter 2024

Manchester UMC will offer a variety of worship services and other experiences to celebrate Lent and Easter! Come as you are and experience hope and renewal during this season of Lent!

holy week

palm sunday

March 24 | 9a & 11a

Join together waving palms in this service the Sunday before Easter and celebrate the day that Jesus entered into Jerusalem as King and Savior. Childcare available for infants through Kindergarten.

maundy thursday

March 28 | 7p | Fellowship Hall

This interactive healing service will be filled with candles, music and scripture and reflect on the last supper as we take communion in honor of this time.
Childcare available for infants through Kindergarten.
This service will be offered in person only.

good friday

March 29 | 7p | Sanctuary

This candlelight Tenebrae service recalls the Passion of Christ through scripture and prayer.
Childcare available for infants through Kindergarten.
This service will be offered in person only.

holy saturday

March 30 | 4p | Chapel

Experience a unique Holy Saturday service in the Manchester UMC Historic Chapel.

easter sunday

Sunday, March 31

As a Manchester UMC tradition, we will display our annual flower cross near the west entrance. Everyone is invited to bring a flower to add to the cross.
Childcare will be available for infants through Kindergarten for 9a and 11a services.

6:30a | Youth-Led Sunrise | North Parking Lot
9:00a | Modern | Sanctuary
11a | Traditional | Sanctuary

Easter Missions Offering

During this season of Lent & Easter, let us rise by lifting up the partner agencies that we work with. Every little bit helps.


ash & dash

Wednesday, February 14 | 7-9a | 11a-1p | 4-6p

Manchester United Methodist Church is offering a drive-thru Ash Wednesday experience in West St. Louis County. You may chose from three different time frames to best fit your schedule. During this community event, clergy will be on hand to offer ashes, pray with vehicle occupants and offer a free cross keepsake. This event is open to the public and participants do not need to belong to a church.

This drive-thru event will be held at the Manchester Athletic Association parking lot at 14380 Manchester Rd. in Manchester, MO (just west of Hwy. 141). Drivers should look for the signs. Last year, more than 500 people took advantage of this opportunity.

ash wednesday Dinner

Wednesday, February 14 | 5:30-6:30p | Fellowship Hall

Open to the public, these dinners are an opportunity to enjoy delicious food, uplifting entertainment, friendly people, and optional programs afterwards. Even better, you won’t have to cook or clean up!

Dinner includes:  Pork Loin with Gravy, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots, Salad, Roll, and Beverage.
Entertainment:  Piano Man Tom Lawrence

Registration is required by the Sunday, February, 11. 

ash wednesday service

Wednesday, February 14 | 7p | Sanctuary

All are welcome to worship with Manchester UMC on Ash Wednesday. This contemplative service will include the imposition of ashes and is an opportunity to worship together for the beginning of the Lenten season.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, leading up to Holy Week and Easter. In the Christian tradition, Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for Easter, where believers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Lent study

Beginning February 18 | Various Days & Times

The season of Lent is a special time of prayer and reflection for Christians. This Lent Manchester UMC will offer a special Sermon Series. Groups will meet for 5 weeks starting week of February 18th.  

Newcomers are always welcome and can join anytime!  It’s a great space to connect and meet new people.  There is no book or homework!

Easter eggstravaganza

Sunday, March 10 | 12:15p | Fellowship Hall

Children in grades PreK – 5th grade and their families are invited to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday. This event is open to the community and will include a simple meal, free play, games, and Easter activities. Children will spend time playing, getting to know each other, and having a few adventures. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Jack and Mary Lou Adams Masterworks Concert

Sunday, March 24 | 7p | Sanctuary

Seven Last Words of Christ – Theodore Dubois

As we enter holy week, the Chancel Choir will present this beautiful and dramatic work. We hope to see you for this stirring concert, as we begin our journey toward Easter.

Sarah Price, soprano
Anthony Heinemann, tenor
Jacob Lassetter, Bass-Baritone
John Cargile, organ
Kevin McBeth, conductor

All Joy of Music concerts are free admission with an offering received.

Childcare will be available for infants through Kindergarten.