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CONNECTION | Fellowship Groups

FEllowship Groups

Fellowship groups at Manchester UMC are a group of people who gather to promote connection and community around a shared set of interests. Most Fellowship Groups gather on a regular frequency for dinner, movies, museum visits or other fun activity.

Newcomers are always welcome!  Let us know which group(s) you’d like to give a try and we’ll introduce you to the group leader and help you get connected!

Register for a Fellowship Group

Start A New Fellowship or Hospitality Group

If you like people and having fun, you have all the skills necessary to start a new fellowship group. Beginning your new Fellowship Group is easy! Just let us know you’re interested along with a few other key details and we’ll help you spread the word and recruit new members. No prior experience necessary

For more information or assistance finding a group, please email Tiffany Conway.


Pastor's Note

Have you ever felt like this?

by Rev. Andy Blacksher, Executive Pastor Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two other disciples were together.  Simon Peter told them, “I’m going fishing.” They said, “We’ll go with you.” They set out in a boat, but throughout the night they caught nothing.   

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Evening Book Group

Day: See Dates Below
Time:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Fireside Rm | Manchester UMC
Leader: Emily Stiegemeyer

Description:  The Evening Book Group enjoys reading and discussing a book per month.

Upcoming Books:

  • Apr. 24 – The Barbizon:  The Hote that set Women Free by Paulina Bren
  • May 29 – The Searcher by Tana Woods
  • June 26 – The Wager by David Grann
  • July 31 – Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
  • Aug. 28 – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • Sept. 25 – Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
  • Oct. 30 – Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Please register below so the discussion questions can be emailed to participants in advance.   


Forever Young

Leader: Dorothy Wilkes

Forever Young is an active group of adults that share monthly dinners at church or a local restaurant. This group enjoys fellowship, as well as traveling together.

Upcoming Event:

Newcomers always welcome!


Ladies Bridge

Date: Weds, Sept. 13, 2023 thru May 8, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall (Sept. 13 and May 8 only) | Manchester UMC
Leaders: Ellen Friedman & Jane Arneson

Description: Please join us for bridge and fellowship. The kick-off will be held in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, September 23 at 9 a.m.

The Ladies Marathon Bridge group participants play at members’ homes once a month, October through April, except December.

The year end celebration will be held Wednesday, May 8 at 9 a.m. at Manchester UMC.

Please email Ellen Friedman or Jane Arneson to sign up or if you have any questions.

Contribution: $20/player to support church missions and programs.

Teams are forming now and registrations are due Wednesday, Aug. 9.


Lydia Circle

Date: 1st Thursday of Month, Sept. 7 – May 2, 2024
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Fellowship Hall | West Entrance Entry
Leaders: Billie Coon, Marilyn Wooden


  • April 4 – Connie Lowry presents the History of Aprons, so bring or wear your favorite apron.
  • May 2 – At 11:30a, all are welcome to attend the Lydia Circle’s Spring Luncheon “Celebrating the Power within Each Woman.” There will be a special presentation on Suzanna Wesley, mother of Charles and John Wesley, legendary founders of the Methodist Church.  This luncheon will be a catered event.
    Register Here

Lydia Circle is open to all women with an occasional meeting which might interest men as well. Newcomers are always welcome!


Tat & Chat

Date: 1st Saturdays of Month
Time: 9:30 a.m. to Noon
Location: Room 222 | North Entrance Entry
Leader: Vicki Samuels

Description:  Gather with others for fellowship and to work on tatting projects and/or learn how to needle tat. Newcomers and beginners are welcome!

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting lace from a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, accessories such as earrings and necklaces, and other decorative pieces.

Learn how to needle tat and make a small tatted project in the class.

Beginners may purchase the tatting kit for $12.

Childcare available with advance registration.


Senior Social Drop in

Date: 3rd Thursday of Month
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: Room 222 | North Entrance Entry
Leader: Sue Copeland

Description: Come join the Senior Social Drop-In group and bring a friend!  It’s a good time to meet other seniors.  We play games (Mexican Train, Rummykube, cards, etc.) or would love to play a game you bring.  Enjoy snacks and wonderful conversations.  It’s a casual drop-in so come as you are!

Click Here to sign up to volunteer

Please register below to let us know you are interested in attending the Senior Social Drop In!


United Methodist Men

Date: 3rd Sundays of Month
Time: 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Room 221 | Manchester UMC
Leader: John Klos

Description:  The Manchester United Methodist Men (UMM) ministry group is open to all men.  UMM provides community service to Manchester UMC and the community.  Each month this group meets to discuss items to help the community.

Each year, UMM organizes, plans and implements the Manchester Christmas Tree Lot.  The funds generated from the Christmas Tree Lot are distributed to many agencies and ministries.  UMM also sponsors the Advent/Lenten Breakfast, the Youth’s Night at the Bistro and special events.

Newcomers are always welcome!