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On-Site Missions

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 host several on-going opportunities on-site for you to 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 on site at Manchester UMC, explore these missional opportunities:

Bike Rehab

Manchester UMC’s Bike Rehab is a group that rescues beat-up bikes and rehabs them using recycled materials. Rehabbed bikes are donated to local charitable organizations, such as LifeWise STL and local schools. Bikes are also sold at highly discounted rates, with profits going back into the program to buy materials that cannot be recycled. Bike Rehab events as well as bike donation drop-offs occur at 201 Creve Coeur Avenue across the street. For more information, contact Nancy WilsonAll Ages.

Bridge Bread Weekend Sales

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. Sign up online to sell bread during Saturday and Sunday services. For more information about Bridge Bread, contact Dave Andrzejewski. All ages.

Circle of Concern Food Bank

Circle Of Concern feeds the hungry and provides assistance to low-income families living in west St. Louis County. MUMC collects non-perishable food donations for Circle of Concern in the donation collection area near the Church Office. For more information, contact Director of Missions Autumn Dennis.

ESL Classes

Manchester UMC partners with the Parkway-Rockwood Area Adult Education and Literacy/ESL Program to host ESL and Citizenship classes on site. To learn more about how you can get involved in this ministry, contact Ministry Leader Susie Lashly.

Food 4 Kids

Food 4 Kids is a backpack program that provides students in the St. Louis City and Parkway school districts with nutritious food items for the weekend. To volunteer for this mission, please sign-up here. For more information or questions, contact ministry leader Erin Rimkus.  All Ages.

Mary Martha Quilters

The Mary Martha Quilters are quilters of varying ages and abilities who all have a passion for quilting and serving others. Quilts made are donated and auctioned with proceeds going towards Missions. Quilters meet every Monday when church is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with time for lunch and fellowship. If you have any questions, contact ministry leader J.J. HancockAll Ages.

Personal Essentials Ministry

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. We collect personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, diapers, and adult incontinence products. If you have questions or want to help in collecting items, please contact Debbie McWardAll Ages.

Sandwich Ministry

Manchester UMC volunteers make and deliver over 350 sandwiches each week that are distributed to guests of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. These sandwiches help sustain homeless and at-risk people in St. Louis. All ages and abilities are invited to put their faith into action each Tuesday from 10:30-11:30am in MUMC’s Fellowship Hall. If you have questions, please contact ministry leader Liz Shuburte. All Ages.

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!

Missions Working Group 

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!