1.  Are all United Methodist Churches alike?

Churches, like people, have unique personalities and values. Although congregations of the United Methodist Church hold many things in common, each has its own distinctive character. Some are more conservative, or traditional, while others tend to be more liberal and progressive. Most importantly, each participant contributes to the spirit of the congregation.

2.  Can anyone participate in Communion?

Communion at St. Paul’s is open to all and all means all.  We celebrate Holy Communion as a regular part of our worship service on the first Sunday of every month.

3.  Do you have Sunday School for children?

At St. Paul’s, we provide an opportunity for our children, preschool through 5th grade to learn and grow in God’s word on Sunday mornings at Kids Zone.

Kids Zone is a safe and sacred place to experience God’s love through weekly Bible lessons, hands-on activities and relationships that are developed.

Kids Zone is held every Sunday during worship. Initially, children gather in worship with their family members for a brief period of time. After Moments For The Child In Us All, the children are dismissed with our trained adult leaders.

Immediately following worship, family members pick-up their children from Kids Zone in Fellowship Hall.

On the first Sunday of each month our children and youth remain in worship for the Sacrament of Communion. We are a faith community that has an open invitation for everyone to receive the Sacrament of Communion. Our children and youth are always encouraged to receive and participate in this sacred meal.

4.  Do you have Sunday school for youth?

Beginning in September, we will be offering a Bible Study for our youth, 6th through 12th grade on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the Youth Room. Pastor Lisa Brown will lead this study.  Contact the church office for details.

During Kid’s Zone, our youth have the opportunity to provide a mentoring role with our children. While serving as a mentor, they continue to learn and grow in God’s word as a faithful follower of Jesus.

5.  How do you keep your children and youth safe?

In the United Methodist Church we are mandated to provide a Safe Sanctuary for all children, youth and vulnerable adults. We believe all persons are of sacred worth and we have a responsibility to keep them safe at all times. All of our adult leaders (paid staff & volunteers) have a background check and receive training in the Prevention of Child Abuse, and how to ensure Safety For All Children & Youth. Please see our Risk Prevention Policy. If you have would like additional information, you are welcome to ask our pastors by contacting them through the church office at (209) 823-7154.

6.  Do you provide childcare at St. Paul’s?

Yes. At St. Paul's, we feel that the nursery is one of the most important places in the church. We value our nursery ministry and all of the children that receive loving care when they are in our presence. The nursery is available for children from the ages of 6 months to 5 years old. Nursery/child care is provided on Sunday mornings during worship. Please stop by the Nursery located just inside the Fellowship Hall next to the Fireside Room to meet our staff to introduce yourself and children.

7.  "I heard you have a food distribution program, when is it open and what do I need to do to receive food assistance?"

You must be a resident of Manteca or Lathrop to receive food assistance. Our food pantry is open Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm., but we are closed the 1st Friday of each month. 

On your first visit to the food pantry you should bring:


  • Your photo I.D.

  • Proof of your address (such as a utility bill, rent receipt or anything that you receive in the mail that shows your name and address), and

  • IF you receive any type of income (Social Security benefits, child support, job income) please bring proof of your income.  

Reviewed 1-25-17