Manchester United Methodist Church

Meals & Ministries

M&M Fried Chicken

Open to the public, Meals and Ministries offers a delicious meal for a great price from some of the areas most tasty restaurants. Register now for M&M! Enjoy some of our great food and conversation with others at Manchester UMC.

Time: 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall | Manchester UMC

Kids Eat Free! Limited Time Offer – A child’s (ages 12 and under) meal is free with one pre-registered, paying adult, and must be pre-registered.

Reservations are required by 11 pm the Sunday before the meal. All meals include beverage AND dessert! Dine in or carry out.

If you like to be a part of a fun group of individuals who love food and fellowship, please join us!

Purchase a Meal

Purchase your meals at the M&M table, located in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings OR purchase meals on-line below by going to the blue, underlined date below and click on it.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: On Wed, Oct. 2, Manchester UMC offers a special musical performance of “The Method” band at Meals & Ministries featuring Rev. Andy Bryan on piano, Mark Seckington on bass, Klaus Bank on saxophone, and Rev. David Bennett on drums. It will begin at 5p. Reserve your M&M meal now to enjoy this one-night-only show!


  • Nov. 6 – Homecooking!
    Pineapple glazed ham, party potatoes, green beans
    Kids Meal: Pineapple glazed ham, party potatoes, green beans
    Purchase Nov. 6 Individual Meal Click Here
  • Nov. 13 – All-Church Thanksgiving Dinner
    Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, carrots, cranberry relish
    Kids Meal: Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, carrots, cranberry relish
    Purchase Nov. 13 Individual Meal Click Here

    All meals are subject to change.

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Sunday Morning

Welcome to Manchester United Methodist Church Children and Family Ministries. At Manchester UMC, we offer many ways for children and families to grow in faith and knowledge of God. 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.

Children’s 9:30 Sunday School

Sunday school is a place for ALL children to learn the story of God’s love, connect their own experiences to the Biblical stories, and to find a place to belong. Our Sunday school team presents fun and engaging age appropriate curriculum for our 2 year old – 5th grade classes.

Register here for 9:30 Sunday School

Children’s Ministry Save the Dates

  • Sunday, June 2nd – Sunday, August 11th – 9:30 Summer Sunday school
  • FREE Tuesday Family Open Gym – Summer 2019 – 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (Kids ages 1-8 + their adult) – Available: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, & 8/13
  • 3rd Grade and KN Bible Sunday – Sunday, August 11th – During the 11:00 worship service kindergarten and 3rd grade students receive their Bible gift from our church community.
  • Fall 9:30 Sunday School Kick-Off – Sunday, August 18th  – As a family: register your child(ren) for fall Sunday school, visit new classroom(s), meet teachers, and experience bible lesson “teasers”.  
  • 9:30 3rd Grade Bible Fair – Sunday, August 25th – 3rd Graders and their parents/guardians are invited to a special Sunday as they explore their brand new Deep Blue Bible.
  • No Sunday School – Sunday, September 1stFamily Worship Day (Labor Day Weekend) – PRAYground available at 9:30 & 11 services.
  • 9:30 Welcome 2’s Downstairs – Sunday, September 8th – 2 year olds and parents/guardians are invited for their first Sunday downstairs in Sunday school (Open House format).
  • 5th Annual Fall Festival – Friday, October 4th – Save the Date – more information to follow!

2019 – 2020 School Year Sunday School Teachers Needed!

Children’s Ministry staff is looking for those interested in helping to serve during our 9:30 Sunday school classes. This is a GREAT opportunity for you to work with our little ones and experience God through their eyes. Available serving positions include lead teachers (must be available 2x per month), assistant teachers, substitute teachers, and office helpers. Orientation and training is provided for volunteers, and all must be willing to be Safe Sanctuary certified. Please contact Linda Simino if you have any additional questions. We can’t wait to have you join our special team of caring and compassionate teaching disciples.

Safe Sanctuary Certification (Click here for additional information)

Children Worshiping With You?

If your child regularly attends worship with you and would like to have his/her own worship materials, please sign up at the Children’s Welcome Center in the Narthex. There are worship boxes available for children ages 3 years-1st grade and worship packets for children attending 2nd-5th grade. These developmentally appropriate materials have been created to enhance children’s worship experience and to guide them in their understanding of the service. Also, read below about our new exciting worship experience called PRAYground!

Manchester UMC’s Friendship Class

Manchester UMC’s Friendship Class is a Sunday school program for members and visitors (high school – adulthood) with developmental delays. This group meets 2 Sundays per month from 11:00 a.m. – noon in room 219. Click here for registration and to learn more about this Sunday class opportunity.

What is PRAYground?

PRAYground is an environment designed to allow children to participate in quiet play while still listening to the message being provided during the sermon. This 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. Our friends will be near the front of the worship space so they can see and hear everything that is going on during the sermon.

How does PRAYground work?

All children are asked to participate in worship with their parents form 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 over 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.

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.

PRAYground is a learning process for everyone, our children will 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, however we want to make sure we are meeting all of our student’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.

How do I learn more?

Contact Chessey Brenton at [email protected] or 636-200-4731 for additional questions.


Chessey Brenton
Director of Children and Family Ministries
[email protected]

Linda Simino
Administrative Assistant – Children’s Education & Social Justice
[email protected]

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LEARNING GROUP: Making Disciples

Making Sense of the Bible

Day:  Tuesdays, starting Sept. 3, 2019 through May 2020
Time:  9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Rev. Nancy Wilson

Description:  Denominations from evangelical to mainline continue to experience deep divisions over universal social issues. The underlying debate isn’t about a particular social issue, but instead it is about how we understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it.  We will be using the book, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, by Adam Hamilton, one of the country’s leading pastors and Christian authors, and will be addressing the hot-button issues that plague the church and cultural debate, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike.  Book:  $11.

Register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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Holy Land 2019 Trip

December 2-11, 2019

Immerse yourself in the land where Jesus walked, healed and preached. Experience the scriptures in a way only possible when you place yourself in the land of the Bible. Pastor Jim Peich will host a group tour of the Holy Land from Dec. 2 to 11, 2019. Together, we’ll explore the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jericho, Jerusalem and more on this historic trip. All are welcome, but spaces are limited!

Itinerary Overview

Dec. 2-3: USA to the Holy Land
Dec. 4:    The Galilee
Dec. 5:    Nazareth, Megiddo and Ceasarea
Dec. 6:    Jericho, Qumran and Bethlehem
Dec. 7:    Jerusalem
Dec. 8:    Jerusalem and the Old City
Dec. 9:    Mesada and Dead Sea Tour
Dec. 10:  Jerusalem
Dec. 11:  Extension or Return to USA

* All dates are 2019.


Payment Options & Discounts

This all-inclusive experience starts at $3,598 per person (all-inclusive pricing covers domestic and international air fair, daily meals, bus transportation, first-class hotels, guides, gratuities, entrance fees and more. This price also includes a 4% discount for making payments by check. If you prefer to use credit card, please add 4% to the cost).

Payment Schedule

New Registrations

  • $600 deposit for new registrations received between 6/2/19 and 8/18/19.

2019 Payments (IMPORTANT)

  • $600 in trip account by 6/2/19
  • $1,800 in trip account by 8/19/19 (in order to be ticketed)
  • Full payment of final balance due on 9/18/19

Note:  Late payment fees of $100 may be assessed by the travel company.

Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane

Tour Safety

Our trip is organized by one of the oldest and most well-respected Christian tour companies. Learn about the safety precautions taken by Educational Opportunities Tours.

Upper Room
Upper Room

Learn More & Register 

For additional information about this exciting trip along with details about available options and extensions, please visit the Educational Opportunities Tours Advent in the Holy Land site.

IMPORTANT:  If you’re ready to register and wish to be part of the group hosted by Pastor Jim Peich, please be sure to provide his group leader ID# (shown below) when registering. You will then be added to Pastor Jim’s group by the tour company and also be invited to a special Facebook Group facilitated by Pastor Jim for trip updates and details. (If you do not hear from Pastor Jim within 1 week of registering, please let him know.)

Host/Group Leader: Rev. Jim Peich
Host/Group Leader ID #: 58601

Register online here. Note: A $600 deposit per person is required at registration to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited.

If you have questions about the trip or need help registering, please contact Pastor Jim Peich and he will be glad to help!