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Emily Pikaard

Director of Children’s Music and Drama

A life-long Missourian, Emily grew up in a small town in the middle of the state, where music and faith were fundamental to her development. As a daughter of an organist, she spent many hours at church and has participated in music ministry for most of her life. Emily sang her first church solo, “Away in a Manger” at age three and began playing the piano as soon as she could sit on the bench.  Her theatre debut was “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” when she was in first grade.

Emily continued her love for the performing arts while studying music education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has since been a choir director at Parkway North High School, Webster University, and the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. She has directed musical theater productions and camps at organizations in Columbia and St. Louis. Throughout her career, Emily has had the opportunity to serve several Methodist churches as music director and pianist.

Emily has professional experience working with all ages, from birth through adulthood. She believes in the uniting force of the performing arts and it is her goal to share her love of music and faith with everyone she serves. Emily lives in the Creve Coeur area with her husband, three daughters, and their cat, Bella.

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Sermons

This Moment To Arise

Psalm 37:1-6. The transfiguration event revealed the identity of Jesus in a flash of light. The disciples witnessed it, but had to go back down the mountain into the darkness of the world around them. Even though we are broken and flawed, God’s “limitless, undying love” shines all around us

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Events & Activities (Children & Family)

Vacation Bible School 2024

Children ages 4 years old (and potty-trained) through rising 5th graders are invited to Camp Firelight Vacation Bible School! This year’s VBS will focus on the theme of “A Summer Camp Adventure with God”. Kids will enjoy interactive, energizing activities as they learn to depend on God. If you are interested in learning

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Pastor's Note

The Church on the Hill

Sunday, February 11, 2024 will be my final day as the Lead Pastor of Manchester United Methodist Church. Bishop Farr will be appointing me to a different congregation starting July 1, 2024, and until then I will be on a time of spiritual renewal. In the days since this announcement

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