Manchester United Methodist Church

Youth Small Groups and Leadership Teams

Small Groups

Please click here to view the google calendar for up to date meeting dates and times


Hospitality Team

Who: 6-12 graders
Where: Youth Room
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

This team will meet every other week on Monday evenings, though the bulk of the work will be done outside of regular meeting times. Youth will design and implement a system that welcomes new members, reaches out to members who have been absent, and provides care for members who are struggling. Youth will also engage in scripture and learn how to effectively care for each other in Christian love. If you see enjoy meeting new people, find deep value in caring for others, and are comfortable using technology to connect to other youth, this is the group for you.


Event Planning Team

Who: 6-12 graders
Where: Youth Room
Time: 7:00-8:00pm

This team will meet every other week on Monday evenings to plan some major youth events, the biggest of which is our fundraiser Night at the Bistro. Youth will be responsible for generating creative ideas as well as implementing them before and during the events. There will be some work required outside of meeting times. Youth will also engage in scripture and learn what it means to be in church leadership while putting those skills into practice with adult supervision and mentoring. If you are organized, enjoy planning, and have great ideas you want to see come to life, this is the group for you.


Marketing Team

Who: 6-12 graders
Where: Youth Room
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

This team will meet every other week on Monday evenings to brainstorm ways to communicate youth events and announcements to all involved. If you are organized, enjoy being intuitive, and have new ways to disseminate information, this is the group for you.


Sunday Squad

Who: 6-12 graders
Where: Youth Room
Time: 11:00-noon

This team will meet every other week on Sunday afternoons to plan and execute four Sunday Night Youth Groups throughout the year. Youth will be responsible for generating creative ideas as well as running all aspects of the youth group on those Sunday nights. There will be some work required outside of meeting times, though most of the work will take place during the meetings. Youth will also engage in scripture and learn what it means to be in church leadership while putting those skills into practice with adult supervision and mentoring. If you have great ideas for Sunday nights, enjoy leading games or speaking in front of people, and are invested in improving our weekly gathering, this is the group for you.


Sunday Discussion Group Rosters

The 2019-20 Small Groups have been made! If you have any concerns about your placement, reach out to Beth BEFORE Sunday so we can resolve it before you show up on Sunday afternoon. If you DON’T see your name, let me know ASAP so I can get you added!

**6th Graders: You will be in two small groups on Sunday, but they have not been made yet. We will split you up manually the first couple of weeks then use our observations from the first two weeks plus your small group registrations to finalize your rosters.

Confirmation Program

At Manchester UMC, our Confirmation program provides an opportunity for young people to explore the Christian faith alongside other youth in a fun, relevant and engaging way. Our focus is on helping each young person learn about God’s unconditional love and amazing grace through experience and conversation.

At the end of this journey, youth will have an opportunity to profess their own faith in Jesus Christ and be confirmed as new members of Manchester UMC. We believe Confirmation is not a destination, but more like a way station where youth have an opportunity to take personal ownership of the faith journey they have been traveling since their baptism. While we hope every youth will make the decision to profess their faith and be confirmed, there is no pressure or requirement to do so.

Who Should Participate?

Confirmation is open to youth in 7th to 12th grades who are interested in exploring the Christian faith in a fun and experiential way.

What Happens During Confirmation?

Rather than just talking at youth, our Confirmation Program strives to engage young people and their families in a variety of experiences that provide opportunities for learning, reflection and conversation. Confirmation experiences include:

  • Activity parks and other fun adventures
  • Learning and talking about the Christian faith
  • Going on an offsite weekend retreat
  • Service projects and touring St. Louis agencies
  • Observing other faith traditions
  • A pool party and baptisms (if not already baptized)

Confirmation Benefits and Outcomes

It is our goal that after being confirmed at Manchester UMC, your youth will have:

  • A stronger connection to other Christian youth
  • An expanded world view plus compassion for others
  • A better understanding of their own values and beliefs
  • A faith deeply rooted in the love and grace of Jesus Christ
  • A desire to become an informed church member

Program Expectations

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As part of their Confirmation experience, each youth is expected to attend 28 sessions and serve at least 3 times as an Acolyte (worship assistant) during the program.

All Confirmation parents and youth are required to attend a joint informational gathering on Wednesday, September 11th from 5:30 to 8:30P at Manchester UMC. During this orientation, youth and parents will learn about program benefits, expectations, scheduling and also receive important Acolyte training.

Session Attendance

Session dates are provided below so that families can make the necessary calendar arrangements now. If a youth misses a session, they will be expected to make up that session before they can be Confirmed. NOTE:  Because this a very experiential program, any youth who misses 6 or more sessions (regardless of reason) will need to postpone their Confirmation and enroll in the next program year.

Acolyte Information

Youth are expected to serve at least 3 times as an Acolyte (assistant) during Sunday worship between September of 2019 and April 2020 before they can be Confirmed. Parents should bring their calendars in order to choose Acolyte dates and times on Wednesday, September 11. Once the Acolyte schedule is set, youth and parents are responsible for finding a replacement Acolyte if they are unable to serve during their scheduled worship service and must notify the Acolyte Coordinator of any changes at least 48 hours in advance.

Confirmation Schedule

Below are the Confirmation dates. Please mark them on your family calendars now so that your youth can successfully complete this Confirmation program. Times shown are drop off and pick up times at Manchester UMC.

September 11: 5:30-8:30 pm – Parent/Youth Orientation & Acolyte Training

September 18: 6-8 pm – Amp-Up Kick-Off

September 25: 6-8 pm – Small Group Introductions and Expectations

October 2: 6-8 pm – Bible Essentials

October 9: 6-7 pm – Family Dinner at Church

October 18-20 – Retreat

October 23: 6-8 pm – Old Testament and Family Group Pictures

November 3: 4-6 pm – Join Youth Group

November 6: 6-8 pm – New Testament and Lord’s Prayer

November 13: 6-8 pm – Thanksgiving Dinner/Meet MUMC Staff

November 20: 6-8 pm – Apostle’s Creed

December 4: 6-8:30 pm – Circle of Concern Tour and Service Project

December 11: 6-8:30 pm – Kingdom House Tour and Service Project

January 8: 6-8 pm – Islamic Foundation Tour

January 10-11 – Lock-In (Visit United Hebrew Congregation and Cathedral Basilica, discuss similarities and differences in religions)

January 22: 6-8 pm – Leaning on God (Addiction and Recovery Speakers)

February 5: 6-7 pm – Family Dinner at Church

February 9: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Attend Modern Worship and Family Groups

February 12: Manchester UMC History, Structure, and Tour

February 19: United Methodist History, Structure, and Social Principles

February 26: Ash Wednesday Service (6:30 pm) and Family Groups (7:15 – 8:00 pm)

March 1: 4-6 pm – Attend Youth Group

March 4: 6-8:30 pm – Moana Movie Night (God’s Calling)

March 11: 6-8 pm – Sacraments

March 22: 4-6 pm – Baptism Service

April 1: 6-8 pm – Discipleship and Church Vows

April 8: 6-8 pm – Family Dinner at CiCi’s

April 15: 6-8 pm – Statement of Faith and Closing

April 26: Confirmation

Note:  The above schedule was last updated 5/28/2019. If you print a paper copy, please check back regularly to ensure you have the most current version.

While the schedule is set, some details may change throughout the year. The Manchester Youth Google calendar will have the most up-to-date information.

Program Fee

The program fee for this year’s Confirmation program is $150 per person due at registration. Scholarships are available based upon need. The program fee covers materials, supplies, t-shirt, Bible, retreat, travel expenses and more. This program is also supported financially by Manchester UMC.

Confirmation Registration

Click here to register for the 2019-20 Confirmation Program.  After registering, please be sure to complete the following two steps.

  1. Print and Submit the Liability Waiver (Download, Print, Sign and Bring to the first session)
  2. Complete the Youth Registration Form
  3. Pay $150 Program Fee (Pay by September 10, 2019)

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Boemler, Director of Youth Ministry at 636.200.4735.

Volunteer Application

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Circle of Friends Preschool

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Every Child Deserves A Great Start!

For more than 52 years, Circle of Friends Preschool has been helping children (ages 1 to 5) and their families enjoy a great start to life-long learning.

What Makes Our Program Highly Effective?

  • Play and hands-on learning that is fun, creative and safe
  • Focus on academic, social and emotional development
  • Passionate co-teachers who partner with your family
  • Daily music time led by dedicated music staff
  • Our teacher-to-student ratios are lower than state standards
  • Flexible schedules to meet your needs

Circle of Friends Preschool is open to everyone! We are conveniently located inside Manchester United Methodist Church (Hwy 141 and Manchester Road).

Schedule a FREE Tour!

We invite you to schedule a complimentary tour and also to let us answer any questions you may have. For more information or to schedule your tour, call 636.394.6867 or email [email protected] today!

Learn more about Circle of Friends Preschool:

Gifts in White

During this holiday season, you will give and receive many gifts. This year, why not give a gift that has the ability to make a difference and share the love of Christ with others? Your financial, in-kind, and volunteer gifts this season can transform the lives of those in need this holiday season and year-round. On the first weekend of December every year, Manchester UMC makes a difference in the lives of those in need through our annual Gifts in White weekend.

In 2018, 2,480 gifts were collected! Thank you for your support.

At all services, members and friends are invited to bring gifts (new items only, please) wrapped in plain white paper to benefit those in need. Mark your gifts: E=Epworth; K=Kingdom House; BH=Bridge Bread/HomeFirst. Financial contributions accepted online, or write ‘Gifts in White’ in the memo line of your check.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, contact Laurie Hopkins.

Gifts in White Wish Lists

Epworth Children and Family Services

For over 150 years, Epworth Children and Family Services has been committed to keeping families together, preventing abuse and neglect, and encouraging self-sufficiency in St. Louis youth and families. Epworth’s services provide a continuum of care for more than 10,000 individuals annually that builds on their individual strengths, helping them to live successfully in the community. Click to learn more.

MOST NEEDED ITEMS:
Gift cards for food and groceries
Gift cards for Target, Dollar Tree, Walmart
Bus and Metro passes*
New car seats (baby and toddler)
Men and women’s bath and body sets

ADDITIONAL NEEDS:
Bikes, bike helmets, bike locks
Makeup sets, aftershave sets, deodorant (quality)
Baby items, wipes, lotions
USB flash drives, ear buds, earphones
Newer DVD releases (PG)
Family board games, deck of cards
Art/craft supplies, gift sets
Children’s toys and games for birth to age 13
Sports items, basketballs, footballs, etc.
Scarf and glove sets
Reusable water bottles
Blenders, hand mixers
Bikes and bike helmets
Electronics – iPods, tablets, game systems(X-Box, Playstation, games)
Toasters, toaster ovens
Curling irons and flat irons
Dry-erase monthly calendars
Journals and planners
Underwear all sizes, particularly older teen
Sport bras, all sizes
Women’s wallets and purses
Men’s wallets
Men’s tennis shoes
Sweatpants, all sizes
Hoodies, all sizes
Book bags, backpacks, duffle bags
Coats
Blankets, throws, twin bed in a bag sets
Umbrellas
New release books for teens and preteens

HomeFirst STL/Bridge Bread

HomeFirst STL is an all-volunteer non-profit founded in 2011 by a group of people with a common goal: breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness in St. Louis. We buy fixeruppers and make them beautiful with the help of volunteer labor. Then we find St. Louisans without permanent housing who are ready to make a change in their lives. People move directly into a safe environment of their own that they can afford, allowing them to climb out of the pit of homelessness. To learn more, visit www.homefirststl.org.

Bridge Bread is a social enterprise designed to provide job opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, or those who are housing insecure. The goal of the program is to help the disadvantaged engage in a financially rewarding effort that enhances self-worth, promotes dignity, and enables them to help themselves. For more information, visit www.bridgebread.org.

MOST NEEDED ITEMS
Laundry Detergent
Gift cards for Target, Walmart, and grocery stores like Schnucks, Aldi, and Save a Lot (no Dierbergs please, as they have no stores in the city)
Hickory Farms type consumables like sausage and cheese

Kingdom House

For over 50 years, Kingdom House has celebrated the spirit of the holiday season through its Christmas Shop. Serving hundreds of our participants each year, the Shop provides carefully curated new household and clothing items, as well as age appropriate toys. Our aim is to strengthen families while connecting them with the generosity of its donors. Now called the Holiday Market, the shop will be inclusive of all participants we serve. (Donations accepted year-round).

MOST NEEDED ITEMS
Jeans (including plus sizes)
Hats & gloves
Coats & heavy jackets
Electronics
Metro passes
Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Redbox, Amazon, Family Dollar, etc.)
Gas cards
Space heaters
Cell phone chargers

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Comforters
Sheet sets
Pots and pans
Dish sets
Flatware sets
Toaster ovens
Hotplates
Kitchen electronics

GIFTS FOR TEENS
MP3 Players
Video games
Wireless headphones
Jewelry & beaded bracelets
Watches
Hair styling (straight iron, curling iron, blow dryer)
Card games
Gift cards
Cologne (Axe)
Perfume (Bath & Body)
Makeup
Fingernail design items
Long john sets
Cozy socks
Scarf/glove/hat sets
Knit caps
Zipped jackets
Hooded sweatshirts

GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
Action figures/superheroes
African-American dolls
Hispanic/Latino dolls
Doll accessories
Educational games
Remote control trucks, trains, cars
Scooters
Skateboards
Sports equipment
Imaginative play items
Toy musical instruments
Doc McStuffins & Frozen

CLOTHING
Children’s clothing
Adult clothing
Youth size clothing (sizes 4-16)
Youth size coats (sizes 4-16)
Infant clothing (not newborn)

Become A New Member

If you’ve decided to make Manchester UMC your church home, we celebrate that decision and invite you to join thousands of others in becoming a member of the church.

We believe it’s important and helpful for new members to have a common understanding of our beliefs, history, culture, practices and expectations. For this reason, we have identified a path to membership to help your journey.

Path to Membership

  1. Complete online New Member Registration Form
  2. Complete online Spiritual Gifts Tool before you attend New Member Class
  3. Attend New Member Class
  4. Be baptized and make a profession of faith (if you have not already done this at some point in your lifetime)
  5. Take the vows of membership during a weekend worship service

Vows of Membership

Membership vows are important because they give us an outline for our common work of Christian discipleship. Within The United Methodist Church, members make a covenant (promise) to do the following:

  1. To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of your sin;
  2. To accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression;
  3. To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord;
  4. To remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world;
  5. To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries;
  6. To faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness;
  7. To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

Once you’ve completed our New Member Class, you’ll be invited to take the vows of membership during a weekend worship service. Learn more about the membership vows of The United Methodist Church.

New Member Class

We offer New Member Classes throughout the year. Facilitated by our pastors, you’ll find this experience to be relaxed, welcoming and rewarding as you learn more about our history, values and beliefs, as well as opportunities to grow, serve and connect. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have. A light lunch is provided. Complimentary childcare is provided with advance reservation.

Time:  Noon to 2:00 p.m.  (1 session)

Location:   Room 141 | Manchester United Methodist Church

Leaders:  Rev. Andy Bryan and Rev. Jim Peich

New Member Class Take Vows in Worship
January 13, 2019 January 19 or 20
March 10 March 16 or 17
May 19 June 1 or 2
July 14 July 20 or 21
September 15 September 21 or 22
November 10 November 16 or 17

New Member Registration Form

The New Member Registration Form helps us to learn more about you and your faith journey and also registers you for an upcoming New Member Class.

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one online form per attendee. The form has two parts/pages. 

For more information or to register for an upcoming New Member Class, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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Becoming a Stephen Minister

Stephen Ministers are laypeople. They are Christian men and women that initially receive over 50 hours of formal training to provide one-to-one care to people. Those people may be experiencing a difficult time in life:

  • grief over the loss of a loved one,
  • a divorce
  • job loss
  • chronic or terminal illness,
  • relocation, and more

How to Become a Stephen Minister

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. But, they all have one thing in common. Stephen Ministers share in a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
Since 1975, over 600,000 people from more than 11,000 congregations from around the world have been trained as Stephen Ministers. If you’re interested in applying, download the Stephen Minister application below and submit the completed application to Pastor Stephanie Lendt in our church office.
Download SM Application Form

Bible Breakfast

Wed 6:40-7:15 AM unless otherwise noted during the school year
grades 9-12
For students who want a mid-week check-in and devotion. This group meets at Manchester Road Bread Co and at 6 North.
 
All Senior High Students are welcome to join Herb Walker for a mid-week Bible Study. Location and times vary.
10/17 Bread Co at  6:40am
10/24 6North at 6:40am
10/31 Bread Co at 6:40am and 8:30am
11/7 6North at 6:40am
11/14 Bread Co at 6:40am
11/21 6North at 9:00am 
11/28 Bread Co at 6:40am and 8:30am
12/5 6North 6:40am
12/12 Bread Co at 6:40am

Bridge Bread

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 worship services most weekends, with all proceeds returning to the bakers to help provide them a safe place to live and a bus pass each month.

Visit Bridge Bread’s website:  www.bridgebread.org

Bridge Bread on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/bridgebread

Volunteer

Pick-Up/Delivery Volunteers

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 availability.

Sales Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to sell bread during weekend worship services at Manchester UMC. (Volunteers are scheduled based upon their availability.)

Saturdays 3:45-5:15 pm at Historic Chapel at Manchester UMC

Sundays 8:30 am – Noon at Sanctuary lobby at Manchester UMC

To volunteer to assist with Bridge Bread at Manchester UMC today, click here!

For more information about Bridge Bread, contact Dave Andrzejewski.

Building Map

Feeling at home

So you’re new to the whole “Manchester UMC” thing. Maybe you’ve come to our building for an event like the Fourth of July Car Show, or a Joy of Music Concert, or the Social Justice Speaker series. Maybe you haven’t actually been on the campus, but you’ve driven by it. Either way, you probably noticed something: our building’s pretty big.

We want you to feel comfortable and at home every second you’re inside our halls. To help you find your way and make sense of all the rooms and floors, we’ve got a map designed for folks who don’t know a narthex from a Fellowship Hall.

Download and view our building map. It has photos to help you orient yourself from the parking lot, and it’s color-coded to help you find where you’d like to go. We encourage you to print it off and bring it with you when you come to visit us.

If you’re looking for how to get here, you can check our directions page for now.

Youth Music

Cantate is open to ALL the youth of the church in grades 6-12.  No audition or previous choral experience is necessary.  We rehearse on Sundays during the school year and sing in Sunday morning worship services on a regular basis, in addition to other performances within the community.

Director: Kurtis Heinrich

Our Mission: Proclaiming the Word of God in song through musical excellence.

Rehearsal Times: Cantate meets on Sundays during the school year (September-April) from 9:30-10:15am in the Youth Center.

For more information on joining us, please fill out the form below!

Youth Worship Band

The Youth Worship Band is open to ALL the youth of the church in grades 6-12 who play an instrument (guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, drums, etc.) or sing. No audition is necessary, just a willingness to learn and lead. We rehearse on Sundays during the school year and lead worship at youth group on a regular basis.

Director: Kiersten Rose

Rehearsal Times: Designated Sundays during the school year (September-April) from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Band Room (Rm. 129).

Cemetery

Aerial photo of Manchester UMC cemetery

To search this site, click here.

The Manchester UMC Cemetery was officially established in 1880; however, there are a few burials dating back to 1852. There are presently more than 500 burials in our Cemetery, with an additional 400+ graves still available for purchase. The Cemetery has a perpetual care fund which ensures continued maintenance care for each grave. It is funded by using a portion of each grave purchase price.

There are some grave spaces that can be used for extra depth burials (two burials in one grave.) The purchase price includes perpetual care of the grave. There are no additional charges by the Cemetery Committee. The opening charge for the grave, at the time of need, will be collected by the funeral home. Headstones are purchased by the family or their agent and may be placed on a new burial no earlier than 6 months following the burial. Care of the Cemetery is the responsibility of the Manchester UMC Cemetery Committee.

SPECIAL CLASS: DivorceCare

Date:  Mondays, Mondays, May 13 to August 19, 2019
(no classes on May 27 – Memorial Day or June 24 Vacation Bible School)
June 3 class will be in room 311

Time:  7 to 9 p.m.

Location:  Room 223 | Manchester United Methodist Church

Leader:  Peggy Daegele

Description:   Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. We understand how you feel because we’ve been in the same place. We’ll show you how to deal with the hurt caused by your separation or divorce. DivorceCare meets weekly. You’ll find it to be an “oasis” in an otherwise difficult season of your life. You are welcome to join at any time during the series. There are three key parts to this experience: video, support and workbook. Complimentary child care is available when registering at least 7 days in advance.  Book fee: $15.

Additional 2019 Dates for DivorceCare Class

  • Session 3 – Mondays, September 9 to December 2, 2019, 7 to 9 p.m.

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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SPECIAL CLASS: GriefShare

Date:   Mondays, Mondays, May 13 to August 19, 2019
(no classes on May 27 for Memorial Day or June 24 – Vacation Bible School) June 3 class will be in room 309.

Time:   7 to 9 p.m.

Location:  Room 221 | Manchester United Methodist Church

Leader:   Peggy Daegele

Description:  It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.  “Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.”  GriefShare meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. You are welcome to join the at any time during the series. Each session has three distinct elements: video, support and workbook. Complimentary child care is available when registering at least 7 days in advance.  Book fee: $15.

Additional 2019 Dates for the GriefShare Class:

  • Session 3 – Mondays, September 9 to December 2, 2019, 7 to 9 p.m.

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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Connect Through Worship

In our vision statement, we identify ourselves as an inclusive faith community that “worships Christ passionately.” It is important to us that each person engages both their heart and mind in the worship experience. To this end, we are intentional in praising and honoring God with the highest degree of excellence, including musical and dramatic elements.

We have a variety of worship opportunities, from traditional to modern to student-led. Regardless of the service you choose, you will be warmly greeted, and invited into a worship experience that will connect faith to modern life.

 

Resources for Current Families

School Calendar

Stay up to date with what’s happening at Circle of Friends Preschool!


Learn more about Circle of Friends Preschool:

For more information or to speak with the preschool director, call 636.394.6867 or email [email protected] today.


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DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Disciple Three Wed Evenings

Day:   Wednesdays, Sept. 4 to Mid-May 2020
Time:  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Room 222 | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:  Sydney Jumper

Description:  All are welcome, and this group is called “Faithful Disciples”. This 32-week study will focus on the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily 15 min. reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles.  It explores all experiences of life with Jewish/Christian emphasis, as well as learning about the opportunities for faithful witness and service. There is no prerequisite for this class.  Book:  $40.00.


For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Disciple One

Date:   Sundays, Aug. 18 to mid-May 2020
Time:   4 – 6 p.m
Location:  Room 222 | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:   Jim Warsaw

Description: This traditional 34-week study covers the major themes of discipleship from both the Old & New Testaments. By the time you’ve completed this study, you will have read more than 70% of the Bible! Participants should allow about an hour per day for reading. Book Fee:  $40.00.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Disciple Two

Day:   Wednesdays, Aug. 28 to mid-May 2020
Time:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Room 223 | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:  Wanda Oldani

Description:  This 32-week study that offers a deeper examination of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts, emphasizing the rhythm of coming to God and going for God. It explores all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.  Participants should allow about an hour per day for reading.  Completing Disciple 1 is a prerequisite for enrolling in Disciple 2.  Childcare available with advance registration.  Book Fee:  $40.00.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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Disciple Bible Study Classes

Disciple Bible Study

DISCIPLE is a program of Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. The study examines the Old and New Testaments, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible.

Sign up now for one of our 2019-20 DISCIPLE Bible Study (DBS) classes at Manchester UMC!  Participants complete a minimum of 32 weeks of in-depth Bible study. The DISCIPLE 1 class participants will read more than 70% of the Bible and our other DBS classes will dig in at an even deeper level to these stories of faith.

The writings in the Bible are one of the prime ways that we learn about God and what it means to follow Jesus. The Bible is filled with stories of great faith, betrayal, hope, despair, and God’s steadfast love. Through these courses, you are invited into a journey of discovery that will impact your life in remarkable ways.

Our 2019-2020 Disciple Bible Study program will offer the following classes:


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Discover Your Spiritual Gifts!

Together, we’re able to make a transforming difference in families, neighborhoods, communities and the world. Whatever your age, interests, abilities or experiences, join us on this important journey!

STEP 1: COMPLETE the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Assessment

We believe that God has given you specific spiritual gifts and abilities to help people in our church, communities and world. Many people find it helpful to use a spiritual gifts discovery tool to affirm how God has gifted and shaped them to help others. With this in mind, we encourage you to take advantage of our new online Spiritual Gifts Discovery Assessment for valuable insights about your God-given talents.

This online tool takes about 10 minutes to complete. Once submitted, a copy of your results will be emailed to you and confidentially to Pastor Jim Peich (and the New Member Coaching Team if you are becoming a new member). If you do not have access to a computer or tablet, please contact Tiffany Conway for assistance.

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN

Note:  Answer each question to the best of your ability with the assurance that there is no right or wrong answer. A few of the assessment questions may include verbiage that is different than you typically experience at Manchester UMC.

STEP 2: REVIEW Your Results

As you review your results, remember that they are designed to help you explore how God has shaped you to help others. They offer guidance and are not meant to be absolute. We encourage you to PRINT YOUR RESULTS to prompt prayer, reflection and conversation as you consider how you can best fulfill God’s plans and purposes for your life using the spiritual gifts you have received.

STEP 3: PLUG INTO a Ministry Team

Choose one of the below steps to get started…

Help Others

Join us as we assist individuals and families locally, regionally and across the globe, by offering food, personal hygiene items, clothes, toys, shelter, repairs, training, clean-up and more. Learn more.

Care for Others

Caring for those who are hurting and healing is at the heart of our faith.  Help us come alongside others during tender life moments to listen, encourage and be a loving presence. Learn more.

Join a Group

We believe life is better in community with others. Whether you’re interested in learning more about faith, improving your health, enjoying fellowship with others or participating in sports and recreation, we have a group for you! Learn more.

Take a Class

We offer classes on timely and relevant topics such as parenting, opioid addiction, race relations, personal finance, grief, leadership, faith and more. Help yourself by attending a class or be a resource by teaching others. Learn more.

LET US HELP YOU

If you’d like to have a conversation about your spiritual gifts and abilities and where you might use them to help others, one of our pastors would be delighted to meet and talk with you. Please contact Tiffany Conway at [email protected] to schedule a time to meet with a pastor.

For more information or assistance with the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Assessment, please contact Pastor Jim Peich.

Early Response Team

The ERT team stands next to a bunk bed they have made at a recovery site

The ERT team stands next to a bunk bed they have made at a recovery site
The ERT team stands next to a bunk bed they have made at a recovery site

“In the hours and days after disaster, those who survive are looking for anything to give them hope.  ERT’s can provide the kind of immediate response that restores hope, builds faith, and encourages those who are looking to their neighbor for support”  

– Rev. Tom Hazelwood, Assistant General Secretary, UMCOR

In partnership with The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and The Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church, Manchester UMC supports an Early Response Team (ERT) ministry.

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 on the ERT ministry at Manchester UMC, please contact John Himpel. If interested in volunteering, be sure to fill out and sign the Manchester UMC Consent and Release Form and place in the Early Response Team mailbox in the Manchester UMC volunteer workroom.

Employment Opportunities

We're Hiring

Current Openings

BeforeCare Helpers

Circle of Friends Preschool is hiring BeforeCare helpers to work 7-9a, Mon.-Fri. You must be 18+ and pass a drug screening and background check. Get more info or send resume by emailing [email protected].

Circle of Friends Preschool Substitute Teachers

Circle of Friends Preschool is seeking candidates to serve as Substitute Teachers. We offer developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum that prepares children for future success. Through a focus on academic, social, musical and emotional development, the preschool emphasizes whole child development. An ideal candidate for our substitute teaching team loves inspiring young children to learn and supporting our teaching team members across the grade levels to enhance our curriculum and school environment.

This position is hourly and scheduled as needed. Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected]. Updated 4/25/19.

Nursery Care Givers

The Nursery Ministry at Manchester UMC is looking for loving, nurturing people (18 and over) with a working knowledge of early childhood development to join our nursery team of childcare providers. Our nursery provides childcare weekday mornings and occasion evenings for Bible study groups, meetings and worship services.

This paid position is hourly and caregivers are scheduled as needed with flexible hours.

If you are interested in this awesome opportunity or have any questions, please contact Sally Cleveland, Director of Children’s Worship & Nursery or call 636-200-4707 to schedule an interview.

FAQ

These are a few of the questions we hear most frequently from visitors and new members. If you have other questions that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info(at)manchesterumc.org.

Your church looks so big. Will I get lost in the crowd?

Manchester United Methodist Church is a large church of more than 3,500 members. Being a church of this size allows us to offer a great number of ways for getting involved and feeling a part rather quickly. It’s amazing how quickly this big church shrinks as you get to know the people in a ministry group, a Sunday School class, etc.

When should I attend worship?

We are proud of the many services and worship opportunities we offer. Check our worship schedule here.

What about my kids? Is there a place for them?

Of course! Kids and youth of all ages, from infant through high school, have somewhere to belong and grow in Christ at MUMC.

Infants up to two years old may be cared for at our lovely nursery center on Sunday mornings and other times in the week.

Sunday School is available Sunday mornings at 9:30 for all ages, including youth and adults.

We also have a wide variety of ministries for children, and the youth department always has something going on!

How should I dress?

You will find a wide variety of dress in any of our services – jeans to ties are equally welcome.

Do I need to be a member to get involved?

We welcome all who would choose to be in ministry through the many opportunities offered at Manchester UMC. This truly is a place where you can make a difference.

What does it cost to join?

The church is not a club with dues. Membership is about developing a deeper commitment to/with a community of faith. If you decide to make Manchester UMC your church home, we offer New Member Classes so that you can become more familiar with our beliefs and ministries.

What do you believe?

Please check our “What We Believe” page to learn more about our theology.

I have other questions. Whom do I ask?

Please email the church office, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have!

Fellowship Groups

At Manchester UMC, Fellowship Groups of 10 to 15 people gather to promote connection and community around a shared set of interests. Most Fellowship Groups gather on a regular frequency for dinner, movies, museum visits or other fun activity. Explore the below list of current Fellowship Groups accepting new members. Let us know which group(s) you’d like to give a try and we’ll introduce you to the group leader and help you get plugged in.

Start A New Fellowship Group

If you like people and having fun, you have all the skills necessary to start a new fellowship group. Beginning your new Fellowship Group is easy! Just let us know you’re interested along with a few other key details and we’ll help you spread the word and recruit new members. No prior experience necessary

For more information or assistance finding a group, please contact Pastor Jim Peich or Tiffany Conway.


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General Inclement Weather Policy

The Senior Pastor and Church Administrator are responsible for the decision to close Manchester UMC because of weather conditions. This includes morning, afternoon and evening activities for children, youth, and adults.

The Church Administrator will work with the Director of Communications to ensure the closing is communicated to all concerned persons. MUMC employees are responsible for seeking this information through our website, email, church phone system audio response, or contacting their supervisor.

In addition, St. Louis local television stations and websites KMOV, KSDK, and FOX2News will all have posted alerts about MUMC’s closing (NOTE: these will appear on KMOV’s website only, not on tv.)

If you are a ministry leader and you choose to cancel your group or event and the church is NOT officially closed, it is your responsibility to contact your group members to let them know.

For more information, please call the church’s main office number.

Circle of Friends Preschool Policy: 

INCLEMENT WEATHER AND LATE START: COF ECC follows Parkway School District Inclement Weather Cancelation days. When Parkway School District has late start days, COF ECC will begin school at the normal start and end times. When Parkway School District has a late start for Inclement Weather, COF ECC will cancel preschool to ensure the safety of our families and staff.  If Manchester United Methodist Church closes, then COF ECC will close.

LEARNING GROUP: Sunday Mornings At Bread Co.

Day:  We are taking the summer off, so please join us this Fall 2019.
Leader:  Shared by Group

Description:  Please join us in September 2019 when we will grab a cup of coffee and a favorite pastry. Then, at 8:15, join in a discussion of current events that links how we live as United Methodists with what’s happening in our world.

Register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: Joy

Joy Butterfly

Day:  Sundays

Time:  9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Location:  Room 141  | Manchester United Methodist Church

Leader:  Jane Carr

Description:  Join us as we explore our lessons that focus on our love for God.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Please register one form per person below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: Parent Group

Mom holding child's hand

Dates:   Alternating Fridays, Aug. 23, Sept. 6 & 20, Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 8 & 22, Dec. 6
Time:  9:30 to 11 a.m.
Location:  Room 141 | Manchester UMC
Leaders:  Erin Tenkman and Meghan Ferguson

Description:  Join other parents for faith-based learning, sharing of ideas, and fellowship.  We meet every other Friday to learn and discuss a variety of different books.  We also meet for a “Moms Night Out” and playdates with our children at various locations. This is a great, relaxed way to take a break and to get to know other Manchester UMC parents.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Upcoming Dates and Topics:

  • Aug. 23 – Fellowship and Get-to-Know- You
  • Sept. 6 – Faith Exploration with Guest Speaker, Rev. Winter DeGraaf-Hamilton
  • Sept. 20 – Faith Exploration
  • Oct. 4 – Book Study:  Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principals That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp
  • Oct. 18 – Book Study:  Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principals That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp

Register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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HEALTH GROUP: Basketball

Day:   Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – May 20, 2020
(No Basketball on 11/20, 12/11, 12/25, 1/1/20, and 2/27/2020)
Time:  8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Location:  Fellowship Hall | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:   Joe McMillion

Description:  Enjoy fellowship and play pick up games of basketball.  All adults ages and skill levels are welcome!

Register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: Adult Singles

Day:  Sundays
Time:  11 a.m. to Noon
Location:  Room 309  | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:   Ralph Burns

Description:  This fun and dynamic group uses engaging Bible studies to grow our faith.  We are currently studying Who Is This Man? by John Ortberg.  On Sept. 29, we will begin the All-Church study, Defying Gravity.

We welcome newcomers to join any Sunday! Coffee and pastries are provided. Following the class, many enjoy going to lunch together.

Register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: Harvest Group

Here and Now Lent 2019

Day:   Every Sunday
Time:  9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 223  | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:  Shared by Group

Description:  The Harvest Group gleans from what life has taught thus far, and plants seeds for a rich harvest in the next segment of our life journey.

Join us as we discuss Fr. Richard Rohr’s videos on The Christian Contemplative Tradition and the book, The Universal Christ. As a priest, Rohr’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. On Sept. 29, we will begin the All-Church study, Defying Gravity.  After studying Defying Gravity, we will return to studying The Universal Christ until December.  We will do a short term Advent study and then kick off the new year with Journey in the Wilderness.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Please register one person per form below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: LGBTQ+ Family Support Group

Day:  Varies

Time:   Varies

Location:  Member Homes

Leader:  Dave – 314.614.5473

Description:  If you’re the parent, grandparent or guardian of an LGBTQ+ person(s) and would like to be part of a network of families that supports them in a kind, loving manner, this group is for you. We will share information and experiences. Meetings are monthly in a member’s home.

IMPORTANT:  One registration form per person.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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FELLOWSHIP GROUP: Forever Young

Leader:  Dorothy Wilkes

Description:  Forever Young is an active group of adults that share monthly dinners at church or a local restaurant. Group members also enjoy traveling together and welcome new members.

The Forever Young Fellowship Group is currently planning more fun activities:

  • Sept. 17 – Pot Luck at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The dishes shared are always amazing. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Keith Brown will share our wonderful church history. Cost:  $3 per person.
  • Oct.14-18Multiple Day Trip to Branson.  Great group going to Branson.  Many of the highlights include:  WOW National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, College of the Ozarks, Dutton Family Show, Top of the Rock, Dixie Stampede, Showboat Branson Belle, Texas Tenors, Branson Landing.
  • Nov. 13 – Thanksgiving Dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots and cranberry sauce.  Cost:  $8 per person.  Register on Sunday mornings by Nov. 10 in Fellowship Hall or online by clicking here.
  • Dec. 17 – Our holiday party will be at The Hearth Room at Lamp & Lantern Village (141 and Clayton Road). You will have a choice from three entrees.  Gifts for everyone.  Cost:  $30 per person.

Please register for all of these events at the Forever Young table in Fellowship Hall between services on Sunday mornings or call Dorothy Wilkes 314.952.6316.

To learn more information, please complete below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: Christian Fellowship

Dates:  Sundays, Aug. 25 to May 2020
Location:   Room 222 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Mary Beth Harper

Description:  Join us as we discuss Susan Robb’s new book, Called. and we will learn how God calls us to a life that we could never imagine on our own. On Sept. 29, we will begin the All-Church study, Defying Gravity.  Afterwards, we will begin studying Adam Hamilton’s new book, Simon Peter.   Newcomers are always welcome!

Register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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HEALTH GROUP: ExerStart

We have two ExerStart classes:

Day and Time:  Mondays and Wednesdays,  9 to 9:45 a.m.
Fall Session:  September 4 through December 11, 2019  (28 sessions)  Cost: $28    Mon., Oct. 14 class will meet in room 141.  No class on:  Nov. 27.
Location:  Fellowship Hall | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:  Mary Gebhart

Day and Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and Thursdays at 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Fall Session:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 12, 2019 (28 sessions)  Cost: $28  No class on:  Oct. 1 or Nov. 28.   Thurs, Dec. 5 class will meet in Sanctuary.
Location:  Room 141 | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:  Sharon Kirsch

Description:  We will continue our collaboration with OASIS to bring a new session of ExerStart to our congregation and community. ExerStart is a low-intensity exercise class for those adults who are 50+ and looking to add more activity to their lives. We will be using resistance bands while standing or seated. $1/session.  Please register and pay on the OASIS website or call Oasis at 314.862.4859, ext. 24.

For additional enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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HEALTH GROUP: Volleyball

Day:  Sundays, Winter 2020

Time:  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location:  TBD

Leader:  Bill Ahal

Description:  Enjoy fellowship and volleyball.  This is a Winter volleyball league and runs 10 Sundays from January through April.  Starting in the late fall of 2019, those interested in recreational adult coed volleyball should sign up.  Limited openings will be available. For more information, please contact Bill Ahal.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Dates:   Tuesdays, Sept. 3 to mid-May 2020 (No class Dec. 24 & 31)
Time:   9:30 to 11 a.m.
Location:  Room 223 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Rev. Brenda Becker

Description:  We will study the often misunderstood prophetic books of the Old Testament, including an exploration of their historical context, their artful use of language, their place within the chorus of Old Testament voices plus the influence on the writing of the New Testament. We will take a break from this study to participate in the All-Church study, Defying Gravity, starting Oct. 1.

Complimentary childcare is available with advance registration.  Newcomers are always welcome!

IMPORTANT:  One registration per person.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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HEALTH GROUP: Total Body Workout

Day:  Tuesdays and Thursdays

Time:  9 to 10 a.m.

Location:  Fellowship Hall or Room 137 | Manchester United Methodist Church

Leader:  Jennie Kirchwehm

Description:  All people are welcome to participate in our fun and enjoyable aerobics group. We utilize cardio, weights and toning in a no-pressure environment. Our instructor works with people of all ages and abilities, including those with no exercise experience and those with previous medical challenges. Complimentary childcare is available with advance registration. Cost: $10 for 8 sessions.

Register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: Sojourners

Sojourners

Day:  Sundays
Time:  9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 309  | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:  Rev. Bill Cleveland

Description:  Join us for study and fellowship as we continue our fascinating study of Steven Hunter’s book, The Last Minute.  On Sept. 29, we will begin the All-Church study, Defying Gravity. In late October, we will study the Book of Judges.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Please register one person per form below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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LEARNING GROUP: Men’s Bible Study

Day:  Saturdays
Time:  8 to 9 a.m.
Location:  Room 141 | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:  Rev. Steve Harbaugh

Description:  A great way to start the weekend!  Lessons are emailed ahead of time. Coffee is provided.

Register below: