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Missions Grants

What is the Missions Grants?

We desire to be good stewards of the generosity of our parishioners, and endeavor to use our resources responsibly to make a difference for Christ in the world. Through this commitment, we developed a grant form where our community partners and missions ministries can share their goals and dreams. Through this process, we aim to support the empowerment of our partners and their ideas.

Who may apply for a missions grant?

There are separate forms for external community partners and internal missions ministries. These are defined as follows. Please click the appropriate button to download the correct application:

external community partner

External Community Partner is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization separate from Manchester UMC that serves the community. Community partners may apply to receive funds from special Christmas and Easter offerings, which are typically disbursed within two months of the end of the holiday.

All complete Grant Applications and document are due to the Pastor of Justice and Compassion Ministries, Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein, on Dec. 31, 2024.

internal missions ministry

Internal Missions Ministry is a program that is part of the Missions Department of Manchester UMC. These ministries may apply to receive funds from the annual Christmas or Easter General Missions and Communion offerings of Manchester UMC, which are disbursed two months after these holidays.

All complete Grant Applications and document are due to the Pastor of Justice and Compassion Ministries, Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein, on Dec. 31, 2024.

Mission Grant Reporting Forms

All complete Grant Reporting Forms and any necessary documentation are due to the Pastor of Justice and Compassion Ministries, Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein, on Dec. 31, 2024.

100% of the Easter, Christmas, Market for Missions, and Communion Offerings funded grants to agencies and mission programs that are meeting the currents needs of persons in our community. Instead of receiving whatever is donated, this approach will ensure that these agencies and programs have the funds necessary to meet the specific needs of the persons they serve. 

Easter 2024 Offering collected a total of $30,000.00!

Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions during Easter, this financial support went directly to:  Bridge Bread, Center for Hearing & Speech, Epworth Children & Family Services, Mozambique for scholarships and solar panels, Sneakers with Soul, and Ukraine Ambulances!

Christmas 2023 Offering collected a total of $60,343.32!
Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions during this Season of Giving, this financial support went directly to:   Bridge Bread, Epworth Events, Food 4 Kids, Grief Care, HomeFirst Enterprises, Home Sweet Home, LifeWise StL, and the Personal Essentials Ministry!

Market for Missions 2023 collected a total of $12,677.80!
Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions during the Market for Missions (Garage Sale) 2023, this financial support went directly to:  Bridge Bread, Center for Hearing & Speech, the Methodist ministries in Mozambique, Personal Essentials, and Sneakers with Soul!

Easter 2023 Offering collected a total of $20,010.00!
Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions during Easter, this financial support went directly to:  Bridge Bread, Center for Hearing & Speech, Epworth Children & Family Services, the Methodist ministries in Mozambique, Personal Essentials, and Sneakers with Soul!

Christmas 2022 Offering collected a total of $40,637.32!
Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions during this Season of Giving, this financial support went directly to:  LifeWise StL, HomeFirst StL, Home Sweet Home, and Manchester Blessing Bag Ministry!

Easter 2022 Offering collected a total of $20,084.00!
Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions during Easter, this financial support went directly to:  Bridge Bread, Center for Hearing & Speech, Epworth Children & Family Services, Home Sweet Home, the Methodist ministries in Mozambique, Small Home Repairs ministry, and Sneakers with Soul!

Christmas 2021 Offering collected a total of $44,631.01!
Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions during this Season of Giving, this financial support went directly to:  Bridge Bread, Epworth Children & Family Services, LifeWise StL, HomeFirst StL, Sneakers with Soul, and Easter dinners for the Biddle House and the four City of Hope Homeless Shelters!

Missions Team

Class of 2024

  • Kendall Conway
  • Mark Lashly
  • Becky Ungles

Class of 2025

  • Nina Arnold
  • John Heskett
  • Megan Huether

Class of 2026

  • Rebecca Janning
  • Jim Love
  • Bea Schwartz

For more information or any questions, please email the Pastor of Justice and Compassion Ministries, Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein.

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