Manchester United Methodist Church

Member Update

Thank you for helping us update our membership records by completing the below form. Please be sure to click the “submit” button when finished.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Estes at the church office.

 

Racial Justice Team

OUR WORK

The Racial Justice is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry. As a church, we recognize racism as a sin, affirm the worth of all persons and assert  the obligation of society to address long-standing, systemic issues around race.
If you are passionate about changing perspectives, systems, and institutions so that individual persons can flourish, join our Racial Justice Team! Our work starts here, but extends beyond our walls to make our world a better place.  To get involved, please contact Social Justice Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk [email protected].

Upcoming Events

  • Historical Racial Justice Team Events

Learn More

LEARN MORE

Manchester UMC Racial Justice Book  List

This is a sampling of racial justice readings compiled by MUMC’s Racial Justice Committee.

Harvard Implicit Bias Test

All of us carry some form of bias and prejudice.  Many of our biases are implicit—we don’t even know that we have them.  This psychological study measures unconsciousness biases along several different social and cultural lines.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 

1 John 3:16

Mental Health Team

Photo of a man in a crowd looking depressed.

Mental Health Team

Come to me, all who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:29

OUR WORK

The Mental Health Team is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry. As a church, we recognize that persons with mental illness and their families have a right to be treated with respect and obtain care appropriate to their condition.

If you are passionate about changing perspectives, systems, and institutions so that individual persons can flourish, join our Mental Health! Our work starts here, but extends beyond our walls to make our world a better place. To get involved, please contact Social Justice Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk.

LEARN MORE

Faith and Facts: Mental Health, General Board of Church and Society

What does the Bible say about Mental Health?  What does the Methodist Church believe?  Check out this card for more information!

“Tips for How to Help A Person with Mental Illness,” National Alliance on Mental Health 

Because 1 in 5 Americans lives with a mental health condition, you likely encounter people with a mental illness in your family or in your daily life. However, if you are unsure of how best to approach someone who may be struggling, these tips may help.

American Foundation for Suicide

AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Learn more about the suicide and suicide prevent

Past Events

Never Leave a Veteran Behind

Inspired by a tragic event at our church, The Social Justice team hosted  a community conversation on veterans’ mental health. A panel of veterans, mental service providers, and organizations shared the mental and emotional toll of military service, and provide suggestions for supporting veterans. 

Hunger and Poverty in the US Team

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Matthew 27:37,40 (NIV)

UPCOMING EVENT

The Hunger and Poverty Team has just begun planning for our first event this fall! It is not too late to join the team and help us craft this it!

Our first event will focus on Housing Inequity in the St. Louis Area.

To get involved, please contact Social Justice Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk 

OUR WORK

The Hunger and Poverty in the US Team is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry.  As a church, we are called to support those living in poverty and look for ways to make systemic changes so persons affected can envision a brighter future. Our United Methodist Social Principles call us to “support the poor and challenge the rich.”

This team seeks to raise awareness by discerning the facts and root causes of hunger and poverty, educate the congregation on these issues, and identify opportunities for congregation and community members to make an impact and serve. This team works closely alongside missions in order to provide information about the sources of poverty and provide opportunities for advocacy.

This team will focus its work on five factors that perpetuate poverty and hunger in the United States. These factors are:

  • Finances
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Nutrition
  • Health

If you are passionate about changing perspectives, systems, and institutions so that individual persons can flourish, join our Hunger and Poverty in the US Team! Our work starts here, but extends beyond our walls to make our world a better place.  To get involved, please contact Social Justice Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk.

LEARN MORE

General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church: Hunger & Poverty in the US

What does the Bible say about poverty?   What does the Methodist Church say? Visit this page to learn more about the United Methodist position and find more ways to get involved!

For the Sake of ALL: Two Lives of Jasmine

Produced in conjunction with the Washington University For the Sake of All study, this video https://healthequityworks.wustl.edu/publications/videos/ describes how the life and health outcomes of a little girl can be dramatically different based on the circumstances into which she is born. Although there are multiple opportunities for Jasmine to make choices about her life, these choices are shaped by her starting point in life and the resources available to her.

Feeding America: Who Goes Hungry?

Visit this site to get the facts about hunger in America.

 

Latest News

Little boy painting a pumpkin.

Here’s the latest news from Manchester UMC, posted 9.27.2019:

FREE Fall Festival
Fri., Oct. 4, 5:30-8p
Drop by for good food, family fun, and fellowship and stay for a family-friendly concert called PipeSqueaks. Hay rides, bounce houses, crafts, pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, and so much more! Open to the community. Get details and register your family now!

Defying Gravity Small Group Experience
4 Week Conversations starting Sept. 28
Join us on an exciting 4-week all-church faith journey as we explore Tom Berlin’s book “Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More.” Each conversation lasts just one hour and there are 19 daytime or evening groups to choose from. Check the website for more info and class listing.

Gateway UMC Choral Festival
Sun., Oct. 6, 7p, Sanctuary
This annual event will unite over 200 singers from St. Louis area United Methodist churches. This year’s guest composer/conductor is Victor Johnson.

Flu Shots
Suns., Oct. 6 & 13, 8a-Noon, Fellowship Hall
We are teaming up with Walgreens Pharmacy to provide on-site flu shots. Pre-register for a timeslot at the Information Center or call the office at 636-394-7506.

EVENTS

Meals and Ministries
Wed., Oct. 2, 5-6:15p, Fellowship Hall
Come on over to Meals and Ministries for a delicious Oktoberfest dinner, awesome fellowship, and music by Rev. Andy’s gospel jazz group The Method featuring Rev. David Bennett and Mark Seckington. Stop by Fellowship Hall to purchase your meal for only $8 by Sun., Sept. 29. Kids eat free with each pre-purchased, paying adult meal.

Bishop Farr’s Moto Rally for Mozambique
Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to join Missouri Bishop Bob Farr as he travels around the Missouri Conference on his Harley in support of the Mozambique Initiative. Call Rev. Phil Estes at 636-394-7506 to be part of the Manchester UMC Biker Team.

Lydia Circle
Thur., Oct. 3, 9:30a, Rm 141
Charlie Fischer will speak about Canterbury Enterprises which provides employment and support to individuals with disabilities. Easy mission opportunities are available. All ladies are invited. Questions: call Marilyn, 314-576-1124.

Apple Butter Days
Thur.-Sun., Oct. 10-13
We wash jars on Thurs., slice apples Fri. morning, and make the apple butter on Sat. in large kettles over wood fires. Jars of delicious apple butter are sold on Sun. There are plenty of opportunities to help. All proceeds go to the Early Response Team. More info: check the website.

Charge Conference
Sun., Oct. 13, 5:45p, Rm 141
All church members are invited to attend the church annual Charge Conference. The new District Superintendent will be in attendance. Voting members are the Leadership Board and retired clergy whose Charge Conference is at Manchester UMC.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra In Concert
Sun., Nov. 24, 7p, Sanctuary
We welcome back our Grammy award-winning SLSO for a concert to remember! Tickets will be available through brownpapertickets.com beginning Oct. 1. Tickets: $40 preferred admission; $20 general admission.

MISSIONS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Fair Trade Market Volunteers
Weds., 6-9p, Oct. 2-Nov. 20
Volunteer now for Fair Trade Market by helping to receive, count, and label artisans’ goods. Volunteer for one night or every Wed. at the Information Center or call the church office at 636-394-7506.

Habitat for Humanity
Sat. Work Date: Oct. 5, 8a-4p
Be a part of the Manchester UMC team. Tools provided, carpooling available, bring lunch. Must be 16+ (with parent consent) and willing to do physical work. Questions: text Barb Zenser at 636-484-3772. Register with Habitat.

Personal Essentials Ministry
Since the beginning of the year, you have donated more than 2,300 rolls of toilet paper as well as donations of other items such as diapers, incontinence products, soap, and sanitary supplies. Circle of Concern thanks you for your generous response to this ministry. Check the website for more info.

Food 4 Kids
Weds., 4:30p, Rm 131
It’s back to school time and Food 4 Kids is in need of all donations. Donate generously via the donation bin in the Lobby or through online giving. We have started bagging again and welcome new ministry leader, Erin Rimkus.

CHILDREN

Sunday School Teachers Wanted
Help make a difference in the lives of our children. Curriculum and support is provided. Team teaching allows for a smaller time commitment – as little as 1 or 2 Sundays per month.  Call Erin Rimkus at 636-394-7506.

Preschool Registration
Circle of Friends Preschool has a few more spots for children ages 1-5 for 2019-2020. New this year: BeforeCare option. More info on the website.

YOUTH

Youth Leadership Teams
If you love youth group and want to be a part of making it better, join a leadership team. There are five teams to choose from. Find one that fits your gifts and graces by checking the website. Call Beth Boemler in the church office at 636-394-7506 if you are interested.

Middle School HypeFest
Fri. Oct. 4, 8p-Sat., Oct. 5, 9a
This will be the most epic lock-in ever and will include crazy games, ice cream sundaes, and just being silly with other middle schoolers. It is the same night as the Fall Festival so we strongly encourage attendees to help with that event. Call Beth Boemler at 636-394-7506 to register for the lock-in.

Ferguson ShareFest
Fri. Oct. 18, 6p-Sat., Oct. 19, 3p, Immanuel UCC in Ferguson, MO
Youth from our church will partner with other local youth groups to play, worship, and learn on Friday night and then spend Saturday assembling and sorting various items for distribution across local St. Louis agencies. Call Beth Boemler at 636-394-7506 by Oct. 14 to register.

MORE NEWS

PAL – Parents of Addicted Loved Ones
Thurs., 6:30-8p, Rm 311
PAL is an educational support group that meets weekly for parents and families whose loved ones suffer from drug or alcohol addiction. Participants must be 18+ years old. The class is free. Questions: check their website.

Welcome Team Training
Sat., Oct. 26, 8a-Noon, Fellowship Hall
This is your chance to join the folks in the red shirts and become a part of the Welcome Team as an usher or a greeter. This important morning of training will cover hospitality, safety, and security. Have questions – come to the Welcome Center in the Lobby.

Live Streaming

Manchester UMC provides live streaming of two worship services each week. Of course, church is always better in person. But, if you can’t attend, this is a great way to stay connected. If you’re new, this is an awesome way to explore what our worship services are like.

Join Us:

Click ‘Join Us’ to stream either of the services below. This link takes you to Facebook. Scroll to the All Videos section and click the title of the service. Enjoy the service!

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Modern Worship

Sundays at 11 a.m.

Traditional Worship

Facebook Live

We utilize Facebook Live, so you must have internet access and a Facebook account. You will be able to see the entire service on any device, including mobile. If you ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ our Facebook page, Facebook will notify you at the start of the service. Click ‘Join Us’ above or click here to view the services.

Scroll down to the All Videos section and click the title of the service. Be sure to unmute your speaker in the lower-right corner of the video screen. Enjoy the service!

Thanks for Attending!

Wherever you are on the road of life, God loves you. When you’re ready to take the next step, we’d like to meet you in person. If we can facilitate your journey, rest assured you will receive inspiration, encouragement, and support here. See you soon!

How To Get Connected at Manchester UMC

While the worship service is central to everything we do, being part of God’s Kingdom means much more than watching a live stream. We invite you to check out Manchester UMC in person. Click What to Expect for more background info, then attend the service that feels right for you. We extend God’s love and grace to ALL people. You’ll be warmly welcomed.

There are many ways to connect with our church and community. We have opportunities for Children, Youth, Young Adults, Adults, Worship Arts, Drama, and Concerts. We offer over 25 active Missions opportunities.

For those interested in membership, we offer New Member Classes, where you can learn about the biblical convictions that shape our church, meet new friends, and learn about ways to plug into what God is doing at our church.