Seasonal Missions

Seasonal Missions

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.

A great first step in exploring Missions is to stop by the Missional Discipleship Group, an open-door, no commitment quarterly meeting so enjoy fellowship, eat snacks, and learn more about getting involved with Missions. For more information, contact our Director of Missions, Autumn Dennis.

If you’re ready to jump into a short-term opportunity to serve others, explore the seasonal missional opportunities that occur onsite and beyond our walls a couple times a year.

Fair Trade Market (November)

Every November, we host over 3,000 sq. ft. of Fair Trade products from around the world. By choosing Fair Trade, you ensure equitable wages and treatment for farmers, artisans and their communities. Over 300 volunteers are needed to assist with inventory, set-up, and to assist during the Market in a variety of capacities. Sign up to volunteer here. Email us with questions. On-site. All Ages.

Christmas Tree Lot (November-December)

Since 1964, the Manchester UMC Tree Lot has been a fixture every holiday season in West County. Sales from our tree lot support a diversity of local charities. The Tree Lot is run by the Manchester United Methodist Men and is supported by over 300 volunteers each year. Sign up to attend the 10/22 Chili Supper here. Sign up to volunteer at the Tree Lot here. Email Cliff Hackmann with questions. Off-site. All Ages. 

Gifts in White (December)

Every Christmas season, MUMC participates in alternative gift giving- “Gifts in White“- to benefit our nonprofit ministry partners. The first weekend of December, members and friends at all services are invited to bring new gifts wrapped in plain white paper to benefit those in need. Contact Laurie Hopkins with questions. On-site. All Ages.

Christmas Missions (December)

There are several opportunities throughout the month of December to serve with our partner organizations- LifeWise STL (formerly Kingdom House), Bridge Bread, HomeFirst, and Epworth. Our Christmas offering typically benefits these agencies. On-site and Off-site. Ages Vary by Opportunity. 

Gardening Days (Spring/Summer)

Once a month, our Young Adult Ministry leads the congregation in gardening at One For The Crow Plant Space, a garden in South St. Louis City. The garden provides weekly fresh produce for the emergency food pantry at Kingdom House and is sold on the second and fourth Sundays at MUMC, profiting this mission. You must be 18 years of age or older. Please email Rev. Winter Hamilton for more information.  Off-site.

Market for Missions (June)

The Market for Missions is an annual garage sale to benefit MUMC’s missions programs. Volunteer to set up for the Market from June 2-8, donate June 2-5, and shop June 7-8, 2019. If you would like more information, please contact Genny SchumacherOn-site. All Ages. 

MO-Hab Riders (June)

The MO-Hab Riders have been bicycling to create awareness and raise funds for Habitat for Humanity since 1998. Over the 22 years of partnership, Manchester UMC has contributed to and worked on many of the 400 Habitat for Humanity homes built in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Whether you are new to bicycling, have years of experience, or want to support us financially, we have a place for you- please contact Alison Gaffney or Mary Corwin. Off-site.

Sneakers with Soul (July/August)

The mission of Sneakers with Soul is to ensure that one day no child will go back to school without a new pair of shoes. We ask that you give generously to support the children and youth that are the recipients of the new sneakers. Contact Moe Parisien with questions. On-site and Off-site. All Ages.

Apple Butter Days (October)

Every October, our church participates in a long-standing tradition of making apple butter. This year, the Apple Butter days benefit the Early Response Team. We need volunteers to peel, cook, can, and sell apple butter. Sign Up Here to Volunteer. To learn more, contact John Himpel with any questions. On-site. All Ages.

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!