Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community.
Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we have strong relationships with several community partners where you can put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our communities, nation, and world.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve others in the greater St. Louis area, explore these missional opportunities:
Bridge Bread is a social entrepreneurship initiative designed to provide job opportunities for homeless/formerly homeless individuals. The goal is to help disadvantaged and marginalized people engage in a financially rewarding effort that enhances self-worth, promotes dignity, and enables the guests to help themselves. Manchester UMC sells Bridge Bread after all of our worship services each weekend, with all proceeds returning to the bakers to help provide them a safe place to live and a bus pass each month. Volunteers are needed to pick up fresh-baked bread from the bakery on Saturday afternoons and deliver it to Manchester UMC (Approx. 2:30-3:30pm) Volunteers are scheduled based upon their availabilitiy. For more information about Bridge Bread, contact Dave Andrzejewski.
The Early Response team, in partnership with The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), provide first response to natural disasters. ERT’s fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. For more information, please contact John Himpel.
Epworth is a United Methodist-related community nonprofit with the mission of helping children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment. Volunteers are needed for mentoring and tutoring youth, “adopting” a dorm through regular visits and homework help, administrative tasks around the office, and teaching life skills classes. For a full list of all volunteer opportunities, please contact Margaret Mahan, Volunteer Coordinator.
Habitat for Humanity St Louis is an ecumenical, non-profit organization. Its goal is to eliminate poverty housing in St. Louis city and county by using volunteers to build affordable homes for deserving families. Potential home buyers must be employed and pass a rigorous screening process. They pay a “down payment” of 350 sweat equity hours building their home and will make mortgage payments on a 30-year no interest loan. Manchester UMC has been partnering with Habitat since 1997, helping to build 27 houses. If you enjoy physical work and are 16 years or older, you qualify! Meet at church and carpool to the build site. Tools provided. To find out more, contact Barb and Terry Zenser.
Through holistic programs and services, Kingdom House helps the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency and a path out of poverty. Kingdom House provides wrap around services for all ages, such as low-cost childcare for working families, health screenings, after school programs, day camps, academic enrichment, job skills training, financial stability training, and the Senior Companion program. Several MUMC programs, such as Bike Rehab, Food 4 Kids, and the Christmas Gifts in White, benefit Kingdom House. For a full list of all volunteer opportunities, contact Kenneth Pruitt, Volunteer Coordinator.
Since 1998, Manchester UMC has joined the Missouri Conference of the UMC in building relationships with villages and United Methodist churches in the Massinga District of Mozambique. Through church-to-church partnerships, funds raised by MUMC have gone to dig wells, build two schools, and begin a maternal healthcare mobile clinic using local labor and resources. To learn more about how MUMC is joining the Missouri Conference in building hope in Mozambique, visit this link or contact John Heskett.
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re ready to learn more or participate in a missional opportunity, please reach out to the program leader or email our Director of Missions, Autumn Dennis, and we’ll help you get connected right away!