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week of may 28, 2023

Check out the latest news and opportunities!

Each week, Manchester UMC will featured the latest news and opportunities in the life of this vibrant church. Each ministry has something to offer from classes to trips, missions to social justice action, there is something for everyone. At Manchester UMC we extend God’s love and grace to ALL people, and we are called to make a difference for Christ by transforming church and community. We invite you to be apart of a loving community by getting involved in one or more of these opportunities!

Weekend Worship

And Also With You
Saturday, May 27
Chapel | 4p | Traditional Casual
Sunday, May 28
Fellowship Hall | 9a | Modern Service
Sanctuary | 11a | Traditional Service
Rev. Andrew Bryan

opportunities to respond

Week of May 23, 2023

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Market for Missions | June 2 & 3

Serve, Donate, Shop! If you would like to donate items to this event, donations can only be dropped off during specified times on May 28th, 30th & 31st at the North entrance of Manchester UMC.

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Serve with Children | Summer 2023

If you haven't already served with the smallest of God's children, we invite you to take your turn this summer for what is sure to be a unique experience for all. Let's celebrate the teachers & Admin of Sunday School and give them respite.


Lunch & Learn | Tuesday, June 6 | Noon-12:45p

Join Debbie Reinhardt, Leader of the LGBTQ+ Family Support Network, during Pride month and explore how you can be an LGBTQ+ ally.


Epworth Drop-In Center | 2nd Fridays & 4th Wednesdays

Serve at Epworth Children & Family Services Drop-In Center in Normandy! Help prepare and serve lunch to youth with insecure housing. Sign up online today

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LifeWise StL Freedom School| Serve this Summer

Summer reading enrichment for children who might not otherwise have access to books that plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps.

children & Families | Youth

Check out what our children and youth have going on!

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VBS | July 10-14

There are only 15 spots left! Children in grades Pre-K-5th are invited to get on a roll with God as a parade of Food Trucks rolls into their neighborhood for the summer’s biggest party!


Middle School Mission Journey | June 8-11 | Register by May 28!

Youth who have completed 6-9th grade are invited to a 3.5 day excursion to LifeWise StL. This trip will be a service and learning where youth will both support the good work LifeWise STL.


Spirit Camp | July 15-20

This is our biggest and best event of the year! Games, crafts, drama, music, Bible study, swimming, boating, worship, & more! Incoming 6th-graduated graduated senior are invited!

Manchester Youth on Float Trip 2022

Youth Float Trip | June 24 | 9a-4p

Youth will float down the Meramec river on inner tubes via Brookdale Farms Float Trips! This is a fun opportunity for youth to be in fellowship with each other over the summer

Young Adults & Adult Class offerings

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Young Adult Food & Fellowship | June 2 | 6-9p

Young Adults are invited to celebrate Elisabeth’s 34th birthday! Stop by anytime between 6-9p! There will be a backyard BBQ, potluck and bonfire at Elisabeth’s house.

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Unclobber | Tuesday, June 6-July 18 | 6:30p

Using the book, "Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality", by Colby Martin, this class will reexamine what the Bible says (and does not say) about homosexuality

Disciple Graduation | Tuesday, June 6 | 7p

Everyone is invited to attend the 2022-2023 Disciple Graduation in the Chapel. This special worship service will celebrate those individuals who completed their Disciple class.

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Homecoming: Overcome Fear and Trauma to Reclaim Your Whole, Authentic Self | Weds, June 21-Aug. 2 | 6:30p

This class will examine a path for dismantling the fear and shame that keep you from living a free and authentic life.

Missions & social justice


Walk Justly 2023 | October 20-21

This year's theme, (re)inhabit, is rooted in ecotheology and embodied theology, and will explore our calling to tend the wellbeing of the earth, our communities, and our own very flesh.


Bike Rehab Work Saturday | 2nd Saturday, June 10 | 8a-Noon

Bike cleaners and mechanics are needed. No experience or tools needed and training provided!

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Personal Essentials Collections

Donations to this ministry help struggling families in the Parkway, Rockwood, & Valley Park district areas. Currently collecting toilet paper, shampoo, soap, feminine products, incontinence items and diapers.


Habitat for Humanity | Fall Work Days

2023 is slated to be a very busy year for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. Ten new builds are underway with an additional 18 new and rehabbed homes as part of a special partnership. Sign up for a build day today!

MO-Hab Virtual Trip 2023 Map Wk 8 (002)

MO-Hab Virtual Trip | Week 8

Week 8 of the Virtual Trip miles totaled 7081 miles that travelers walked, rode, and ran from Myrtle Beach, SC to Boston, MA! Log your miles online


Evening book club

Wednesday, May 31 | 7p | Join this group as they discuss the book, The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans, A Story of Love and War, by Catherine G. Katz.

forever young day trip

August 22 | 8:30a | Forever Young invites you to a day trip to Arrow Rock and the Lyceum Theater. Online registrations only and a valid consent form must be completed. Please register by June 16

Senior social Drop-In

Thursday, June 15 | 9a-Noon | Join this group to socialize and have fun playing games! Participants are encouraged to bring their friends who are not members of Manchester UMC

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Altar Flowers

Flowers for May 28 are given by David Oldani, in memory of PFC Charles Oldani, Tech 4 Henry Oldani, and PFC Carl Davis.

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Discipleship Promise Card | May 28 | Both Services

On Pentecost Sunday, we will have an opportunity to renew the discipleship promises of our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness in worship together.


Methodist Day at Busch Stadiume | Saturday, June 10 | 1:15p

Watch the star-studded lineup of the Cardinals as they pursue another NL Central pennant. Request tickets by clicking on image.


Family Awards Picnic | June 20 | 5-8:30p

All are welcome and invited to a Family Awards Picnic, sponsored by the the The United Methodist Men. The Man of the Year from 2023 as well as the Manchester Youth ministry will be honored.

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Welcome New Stephen Ministers!

On May 2, 2023, 5 members of Manchester UMC completed their initial 18 weeks of training. Congratulations Jim Love, Karen Morgan, Dean Schumacher, Mary Taber, & Janis Thompson

about manchester umc

Extending God's love and grace to ALL

At Manchester United Methodist Church, we extend God’s love and grace to ALL people. Therefore, as we journey toward a greater understanding of one another, we respect our human family’s diversity of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, family structure, marital status, socioeconomic status, education, political perspective, faith history and life experience.​

Manchester United Methodist Church is a 2,600-member congregation that traces its roots back to 1826. The church is one of the largest United Methodist congregations in the United States and is located in West St. Louis County of Missouri. The church is an inclusive community where all are welcome.

We are called to be an inclusive community of people who love Christ deeply, worship him passionately, and serve him boldly. We are called to make a difference for Christ by transforming church and community. 

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Cultivating Body and Food Positive Spaces

In 2015 Ali entered recovery for a decades long struggle with an eating disorder. As she healed her relationship with food and her body, Ali began to channel her passion for advocacy and justice through her blog, Road to Recovered ( She started volunteering as an educator with the Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA). From 2018 to 2020, she served as the Education Coordinator for MOEDA and helped bring eating disorder education and awareness to schools throughout the St. Louis area. In 2019 Ali became a certified eating disorder recovery coach.


Through her extensive work in the eating disorder recovery field, Ali frequently observed the intersections of race, gender, ability, age, body size, sexual orientation and socio-economic status and how societal oppression lands upon the body. And how healing our relationship with our own body “impacts how we value and honor the bodies of others.” (Sonya Renee Taylor)


Ali finds fulfillment in channeling her passion, experience and knowledge into her role as Director of Social Justice at Manchester UMC. Ali is pursing ordination through the United Methodist Church and attends Garrett Theological Seminary.

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