Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community.
Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we have strong relationships with several community partners where you can put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our communities, nation, and world.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve others in the greater St. Louis area, explore these missional opportunities:
Bridge Bread is a social entrepreneurship initiative designed to provide job opportunities for homeless/formerly homeless individuals. Manchester UMC sells Bridge Bread after all of our worship services each weekend. Volunteers are scheduled based upon their availability; sign up here. For more information about Bridge Bread, contact Dave Andrzejewski.
The Early Response team, in partnership with The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), provide first response to natural disasters. 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, please contact John Himpel.
Epworth is a United Methodist-related community nonprofit with the mission of helping children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment. Volunteers are needed for hosting parties, making meals, and providing a loving presence. To learn more, please contact ministry leader Barb Zenser.
Habitat for Humanity St Louis is an ecumenical, non-profit organization. Its goal is to eliminate poverty housing in St. Louis city and county by using volunteers to build affordable homes for deserving families. Manchester UMC has been partnering with Habitat since 1997, helping to build 27 houses. If you enjoy physical work and are 16 years or older, you qualify! To find out more, contact Barb and Terry Zenser.
Through holistic programs and services, LifeWise STL (formerly Kingdom House) helps the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency and a path out of poverty. Several MUMC programs, such as Bike Rehab, Food 4 Kids, and the Christmas Gifts in White, benefit LifeWise STL. For a full list of all volunteer opportunities, contact Dan Richter, Director of Volunteer Engagement.
Literacy Initiative is a new ministry of Manchester UMC. In line with Missouri Conference initiatives to provide Pathways Out of Poverty, we are beginning a new Literacy Initiative where we are partnering with Peabody Elementary School. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to read to elementary school students in the fourth grade. To learn more, contact Literacy Initiative Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk.
Since 1998, Manchester UMC has joined the Missouri Conference of the UMC in building relationships with villages and United Methodist churches in the Massinga District of Mozambique. Through church-to-church partnerships, funds raised by MUMC have gone to dig wells, build two schools, and begin a maternal healthcare mobile clinic using local labor and resources. To learn more about how MUMC is joining the Missouri Conference in building hope in Mozambique, visit this link or contact John Heskett.
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re ready to learn more or participate in a missional opportunity, please reach out to the program leader or email our Director of Missions, Autumn Dennis, and we’ll help you get connected right away!
You also attend the next meeting session of the Missions Working Group, an open-door, no commitment, quarterly meeting where you can learn more about what’s going on with Missions at Manchester. All are welcome, childcare is available, and we will have snacks!