Manchester United Methodist Church


Our Wednesday evening meals, Meals & Ministries (M&M), will be taking the summer off and will be returning in the Fall of 2019.  We are in need of volunteers.  If you are interested in helping, please register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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What is PRAYground?

PRAYground is designed to allow children to participate in quiet play while still listening to the message during the sermon. It is available at both our 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.

This PRAYground space is in the front of the sanctuary with activities geared towards 3 years old through 2nd grade. However, friends 3 years old through 5th grade are welcome to participate. Children will be near the front of the worship space so they can see and hear everything that is going on. Regularly scheduled 9:30 a.m. Sunday school is available as well.

Why PRAYground?

Our goal is to create an environment where families are encouraged to worship together, children are welcome in worship, and all members’ faiths are fueled at their individual levels. This also allows families to learn liturgical flow and teach proper worship behavior.

How does PRAYground work?

All children are asked to participate in worship with their parents from the beginning of the service until the sermon (our current children’s worship packets are available to students at all services). Then, children will be invited to the PRAYground area before the sermon begins. There will be many different quiet activities for the students to complete. After the sermon has ended, children will be dismissed back to their parents, so they can finish worship together as a family.

PRAYground is a learning process for everyone, our children may make noise, but as Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:13-14). It is through the process of teaching them what worship looks like that they understand how to be active participants in the worship service.

When is PRAYground available?

During the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. Regularly scheduled 9:30 Sunday school will continue; we want to make sure we are meeting all of our worshiper’s needs.

Do I join my child during the sermon?

Nope! We will have two safe sanctuary trained adults with your children during the entire sermon. They will be in charge of making sure everyone is actively engaged while still respecting the worship space.

Church Directory

Photographer taking a portrait

A pictorial directory is a powerful tool in our church to help each of us know each other better. Our last directory was done in 2016 and is now outdated, so it’s time for a new one!

There are two ways you can sign up to have your picture taken: 1) schedule your appointment online here or 2) sign up at the Information Center on September 8, 15, or 22.

Every family photographed for the directory will receive a copy of the directory and an 8×10 portrait at no cost. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits at the time of photography.

Photo dates are September 30, October 1-5, 7-12, 14-19.

Portrait discounts of 20% will be available for Seniors 60+.

Photos of shut-ins, college students, and military personnel who are unable to attend a photography appointment can be submitted for $10 each and will qualify for a copy of the book. Submitted photos will be placed at the end of the family section.

Contact Sherri Estes with questions.

Youth: Who We Are

We are an inclusive community of youth (6th through 12th grade) who love Christ deeply, worship Christ passionately, and serve Christ boldly.

What We Do

We offer a variety of different opportunities for our youth to connect, learn, play, and grow in their faith.

Sunday Night Youth Group
Sunday nights, 4 to 6 p.m. (August to May)
Meet in the Main Lobby

All youth are welcome to our weekly Sunday night gathering in our newly renovated Youth Center. During this time we worship, have fun and also meet in small discussion groups. Our small groups are divided by middle and high school and are led by committed adult volunteers who work hard to ensure our youth deepen their faith in God within the context of a supportive and loving environment.

Important Documents

Register below for youth group. This includes all important emergency contact and health information we use to keep your child safe.

What Else Do We Do?

While Sunday nights are our main gathering time, we also offer additional ways youth can connect and use their spiritual gifts. Click the links below to find out more information:

Youth Choir and Band

Youth Leadership Teams


Special Events

Connect with Us!

You can see and subscribe to our Google calendar here.

You can subscribe to our weekly eNews by looking at the far right side of this page, entering your information, and clicking youth eNews.

You can join our Facebook group or follow us on Instagram.

You can email our Director of Youth Ministry Beth Boemler with any questions.


Welcome to Manchester United Methodist Church Children’s and Family Ministries. At MUMC, we offer many ways for children to grow in faith and knowledge of God, and for families to grow together in faith. Our children and families are ALWAYS welcome, safe, and loved by our staff, volunteers, and of course by God. We hope you will join us as we continue to educate these wonderful ever-growing minds on their faith journeys.

Sunday Mornings (click for more info)

Nursery:  9:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
(ages 6 weeks – 2 years old)

Children’s Sunday School: 9:30 A.M.
(ages 2 years old – 5th grade)

Safe Sanctuary Certification – In order to provide a safe place for all children and youth to grow in faith, all persons working with children and youth must be Safe Sanctuary Certified at Manchester UMC. Each United Methodist Congregation is mandated by the 2000 General Conference to have in place a Child Protection Policy. Ours has been in place since 1998 and is reviewed and updated each year. Click here to learn more about our Safe Sanctuary Certification process.

Nursery & Childcare (click for more info)

Children’s Ministry Staff

Chessey Brenton
Director of Children and Family Ministries
(636) 200-4731

Sally Cleveland
Director of Nursery and Safe Sanctuary
(636) 200-4707

Linda Simino
Education Administrative Assistant
(636) 200-4710

Want to receive emails about Children’s Ministry in your inbox? Follow the instructions on the right-hand corner of your screen labeled “Stay In the Know!”. 

Adult Groups

At Manchester UMC, we offer a variety of ongoing groups where you can learn, grow and connect with other people. We divide our adult groups into three types: Learning Groups, Fellowship Groups and Health/Recreation Groups.

Learning Groups

Learning Groups gather regularly during the year and engage in a variety of ongoing faith-related studies and educational activities. Learn more about adult Learning Groups.

Fellowship Groups

Fellowship Groups gather to promote connection and community around a shared set of interests. Learn more about adult Fellowship Groups.

Health & Recreation Groups

Health and Recreation Groups gather to promote health and wellness through a variety of activities. Learn more about adult Health and Recreation Groups.

View our new Fall 2019 Program Booklet.

For more information or assistance in enrolling in an upcoming class, please contact Pastor Jim Peich or Tiffany Conway.

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Scouting Ministry

Medals Offered:

God and Country

“God and Me” (Cub and Brownie Scouts, grades 1 to 3)

“God and Family” (Webelos and Cadet Girl Scouts in grades 4 & 5) 

“God and Church” (Boy & Girl Scouts in Grades 6 to 8)

“God and Life” (Senior Scouters I, grades 9 to 12)

God and Country Scouting Classes Currently Offered:

GOD AND COUNTRY SCOUTING MEDALS:  Scouts interested in the Scouting Medals, God and Me, (Cub and Brownie Scouts, grades 1 to 3) and God and Family (Webelos and Cadet Girl Scouts in grades 4 & 5). Classes will start Sunday, September 8th to October 27 during the 11 am Service.  The awards will be given on Methodist Scout Sunday on February 9th at the 11 am Service.  A parent must assist with the class at least one Sunday and be Safe Sanctuary Certified. Sign-ups are by pre-registration only, and must be accompanied by a $5 materials fee. (The Scout receives’ a workbook and the Church provides the medal upon completion.)  Sign up on line at Church Website. Call Scouting Coordinator John Klos, at 636-227-0075 for further questions.

God and Me will take place in Room 220, 11 am -12 pm. God and Family will take place in Room 221, 11 am – 12 pm.

All sign-ups are by pre-registration only. And must be accompanied by a $5 materials fee. (The Scout receives’ their own packet and the Church provides the medal upon completion of the work.)

Please use the registration links below based on preferred class. If you have any further questions, you can reach out to Manchester UMC’s Scouting Coordinator John Klos, at 636-227-0075.

Register here for God and Me

Register here for God and Family

Boy Scout Troop 801

Boy Scout Troop 801 is a unit within the Greater St. Louis Area Council. We are chartered by and are a mission of Manchester United Methodist Church. Our purpose is to develop boy leadership skills through scouting principles represented by the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan, and Outdoor Code. We are an active troop with monthly camp outs during the school year and a one week camp each summer. We have High Adventure Camping Trips every few years based on the number of eligible boys (generally 14yrs+).

Our regular meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month while Parkway School District is in session (August-May) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Old Fellowship Hall at MUMC. 3rd Thursday’s are reserved for a fun “Activity” meeting. Depending on the activity, both the date and location might change. If you’re planning to visit us that night, please contact us for details beforehand.

The troop conducts monthly campouts/events where scouts have the opportunity to participate in activities for rank advancement, practice teamwork skills in patrols, and participate in some special activities. While a Scout may not be able to attend every monthly campout; camping is a significant part of Scouting and is required for advancement, among other things, such as admission to the Order of the Arrow (Scouting’s ‘honor society’), as well as merit badge completion.

Summer camp is normally held in District (@ S-F Scout Ranch, Lewallen, etc), which are Greater St. Louis Area Council camp properties. Every third year, we choose a BSA camp which is outside of our Council to offer variety for our scouts.

Our Troop is led by:

Scoutmaster: Troy Ard

Committee Chair: Nick Davis

MUMC / Troop Liaison: Allyson Lane

Contact either Nick Davis (above) or our Event Coordinator, Jeff Lane (314-322-3395), about joining our Troop as either a scout or adult volunteer. Basic information and a calendar of upcoming events may be found at our Troop 801 Homepage.

Personal Essentials Ministry

A picture of a man down on his luck.

Our Personal Essentials Ministry helps restore human dignity. What if you had to choose between buying food or toilet paper?

For many in our community, affording even the most basic personal hygiene products is a struggle. Our Personal Essentials Ministry, in partnership with Circle of Concern Food Pantry, offers basic personal care items that Food Stamps won’t cover to 600+ families each month.

Here’s what we collect and provide to families:

  • Toilet paper – 3,600 rolls/month
  • Shampoo
  • Tampons
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Laundry detergent
  • Diapers size 5 and 6

We depend on monthly donations of the above items to meet the needs of struggling people in our community! Please pick up extras of these products while shopping for yourself, or make a financial donation online (please select Personal Essentials from the drop down menu) or by check (write “personal essentials” in the memo line). All financial donations are tax deductible.

Where to Donate

We collect physical donations in the Main Lobby in the wooden bin labeled “Personal Essentials Ministry.”

Financial Contributions

You can also make a financial contribution (please select Personal Essentials from the drop down menu).

Giving to this ministry helps restore basic human dignity.

Thank you for making a difference!

If you have questions or want to help in collecting items, please contact Cindy Wolk.