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 seasonal opportunities 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 a short-term opportunity to serve others, explore the seasonal missional opportunities that occur onsite and beyond our walls a couple times a year.
Every October, our church participates in a long-standing tradition of making apple butter. This year, the Apple Butter days benefit the Early Response Team. We need volunteers to peel, cook, can, and sell apple butter. Sign Up Here to Volunteer. To learn more, contact John Himpel with any questions. On-site. All Ages.
Every November, we host over 3,000 sq. ft. of Fair Trade products from around the world. By choosing Fair Trade, you ensure equitable wages and treatment for farmers, artisans and their communities. Over 300 volunteers are needed to assist with inventory, set-up, and to assist during the Market in a variety of capacities. Sign up to volunteer here. Email us with questions. On-site. All Ages.
There are several opportunities throughout the month of December to serve with our partner organizations- LifeWise STL (formerly Kingdom House), Bridge Bread, HomeFirst, and Epworth. Our Christmas offering typically benefits these agencies. On-site and Off-site. Ages Vary by Opportunity.
Christmas Tree Lot: Since 1964, the Manchester UMC Tree Lot has been a fixture every holiday season in West County. Sales from our tree lot support a diversity of local charities. The Tree Lot is run by the Manchester United Methodist Men and is supported by over 300 volunteers each year. Email Cliff Hackmann with questions. Off-site. All Ages.
Gifts in White: Every Christmas season, MUMC participates in alternative gift giving- “Gifts in White“- to benefit our nonprofit ministry partners. The first weekend of December, members and friends at all services are invited to bring new gifts wrapped in plain white paper to benefit those in need. Contact Laurie Hopkins with questions. On-site. All Ages.
Once a month, our Young Adult Ministry leads the congregation in gardening at One For The Crow Plant Space, a garden in South St. Louis City. The garden provides weekly fresh produce for the emergency food pantry at Kingdom House and is sold on the second and fourth Sundays at MUMC, profiting this mission. You must be 18 years of age or older. Please email Rev. Winter Hamilton for more information. Off-site.
The Market for Missions is an annual garage sale to benefit MUMC’s missions programs. Volunteer to set up for the Market from June 2-8, donate June 2-5, and shop June 7-8, 2019. If you would like more information, please contact Genny Schumacher. On-site. All Ages.
The MO-Hab Riders have been bicycling to create awareness and raise funds for Habitat for Humanity since 1998. Over the 22 years of partnership, Manchester UMC has contributed to and worked on many of the 400 Habitat for Humanity homes built in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Whether you are new to bicycling, have years of experience, or want to support us financially, we have a place for you- please contact Alison Gaffney or Mary Corwin. Off-site.
The mission of Sneakers with Soul is to ensure that one day no child will go back to school without a new pair of shoes. We ask that you give generously to support the children and youth that are the recipients of the new sneakers. Contact Moe Parisien with questions. On-site and Off-site. 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!
You can 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!