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ADULT | Short Term Classes

All Are welcome!

Manchester UMC offers short term classes that cover a variety of timely and intriguing topics. These classes are from one to six weeks long and appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

Spring 2024


Fridays, Apr. 19 - May 31

The Lords Prayer Book
The Lord's Prayer

Tues, Apr. 2 - May 14

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A Braver Way

Thurs, Apr. 11 - June 13

The Lords Prayer Book
The Lord's Prayer

Suns, Apr. 21 - June 2

Summer 2024


Beginning Drawing

Sats, June 1 - Aug. 3

Short Term Classes

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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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Mental Health

Adult Faith Formation
Short Term Class

Mental Health

Increasing Awareness and Erasing Stigma

Date:  Wednesdays, Jan. 17 – Apr. 24, 2024
No class on Mar. 20 & 27
Time:  4:45 – 5:45p
Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMC
Leaders:  Dr. Steven Kidd and Dr. Anne Kidd

Description:  Some kind of mental health challenge will affect one in four people at one or another point in their lives. A lack of understanding and stigma surrounding mental health experiences can prevent faith communities from knowing how to respond compassionately and effectively.

This course is a small-group resource designed to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and offer an opportunity for meaningful conversation about mental health and faith.  Each week’s film features an individual with lived experience and includes insights from mental health professionals, church leaders, and theologians.

Study Guide:  A study guide accompanies this class. Go to this link and establishing an account:  CLICK HERE

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April 7 - May 19

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

alpha class

Date: Sundays thru June 9, 2024
No Class on Mar. 31, May 5 or 26
Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 223 | Manchester UMC
Zoom Meeting ID:  843 6667 1102   
Passcode: 245451
Leaders:  Shared Leadership

Join the Alpha Class as they reflect on how the teachings of Jesus and Christian practices relate to contemporary issues of the day. All are welcome as we gather for fellowship and study our faith and how to put it into practice.

The Alpha Class will be studying the following:

  • Mar. 31:  No class, Easter
  • Apr. 7 – May 19:  Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White
  • May 5: No class
  • May 26: No class 

Newcomers are always welcome!

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class


Date:  Fridays, Jan. 5 – May 31, 2024
Time:  10:00-11:30 a.m.
This group will not meet on Good Friday, March, 29.
Location:  Room 223 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Barb Bess

This is a group of mature women who enjoy reading and discussing a variety of religious themed books, by authors Adam Hamilton, Phillip Yancey, Henri Nouwen, and many others.

Book Description: 

Join this group as they begin studying the brand new book, “Somehow: Thoughts on Love” by Anne Lamott.

Book Description:   “Love is our only hope,” Anne Lamott writes in this perceptive new book. “It is not always the easiest choice, but it is always the right one, the noble path, the way home to safety, no matter how bleak the future looks.”

In Somehow: Thoughts on Love, Lamott explores the transformative power that love has in our lives: how it surprises us, forces us to confront uncomfortable truths, reminds us of our humanity, and guides us forward. “Love just won’t be pinned down,” she says. “It is in our very atmosphere” and lies at the heart of who we are. We are, Lamott says, creatures of love.

In each chapter of Somehow, Lamott refracts all the colors of the spectrum. She explores the unexpected love for a partner later in life. The bruised (and bruising) love for a child who disappoints, even frightens. The sustaining love among a group of sinners, for a community in transition, in the wider world. The lessons she underscores are that love enlightens as it educates, comforts as it energizes, sustains as it surprises.

Newcomers are always welcome!

The Lords Prayer Book
Apr. 2 - May 14, 2024

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

Making Disciples

Date: Tuesdays thru May 14, 2024
Time:  9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 

Online Only
Zoom ID#:
314 779 879
Passcode:  697261
Leader:  Rev. Nancy Wilson

We always welcome newcomers to our fun Bible study group!

From April 2 to May 14, the Making Disciples group will be studying Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book, The Lord’s Prayer.

Description:  Most Christians know the Lord’s Prayer by heart. We pray it often, at different times and in different settings. We remember it as the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. But do we really understand and appreciate the meaning and power of its words, what we ask of God each time we pray it?

Books available at the Information Center on Sunday mornings or by emailing Tiffany Conway.

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Adult Faith Formation
Short Term Class

A Braver Way

Date:  Thursday, April 11 – June 13, 2024 (10 sessions)
Time:  6:00 to 7:30p
Location:  Room 223 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Jill Krogen

Description:  Don’t spend another election year hiding from friends and family with different opinions.  Learn how to listen and be heard with “A Braver Way” podcast.  Hosted by Monica Guzman, the podcast’s mission is to “help people who disagree get curious about each other with each other.”

This group will listen to the podcast as a group and then discuss.

Mar. 3 - Apr. 14, 2024
The Lords Prayer Book
Apr. 21 - Jun. 2, 2024

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class


Date: Sundays
No class Feb. 25 & Mar. 31 (Easter) or May 19
Time:  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Location:  Room 309 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Prudy Bertolino

Join the Sojourners class as they study:

  • The Call by Rev. Adam Hamilton starting Mar. 3 – Apr. 14, 2024.
  • The Lord’s Prayer by Rev. Adam Hamilton, Apr. 21 – Jun. 2, 2024.

Newcomers are always welcome!

Adult Faith Formation
Short Term Class

Beginning Drawing Class

 Date:  Saturdays, June 1 – Aug. 3, 2024 
Time:  4:00 – 5:00p
Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMC
Leader Bobby Canonigo

Description:  Drawing can bring so much joy and relaxation.  In fact, most people want to draw realistically, essentially focusing on the skill of drawing over the expression of the work itself.  This is how most drawing classes begin.  Briefly we will work on the structure of two aspects of drawing shape (the correct outline and structure of a thing) and form (the shadow and fullness of a thing).  It is typical to do well as one thing much more than the other, so the class will be about balancing those two aspects.

Tools:  Click here to view the suggested tools that are available on Amazon and runs around $17.  

All are welcome! 

Please enter the building from the southeast door which is the elevator entrance to the Historic Chapel.

Class participants must be adults.  Children under age 18 may attend with their parent or guardian.