Myrtle Beach Area Offers Wide Choice of Churches and Temples

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One of the biggest dilemmas for families on vacation is what to do about church. You don’t have to cut your trip one day short so you can attend your usual services back home, not when there are a hundreds of houses of worship on the Grand Strand to choose from.

All denominations and non-denominational churches are among the many places for you and your family can find to worship for one week. Here are a few area churches to check out on your vacation:

* Barefoot Church: The name says it all at this dynamic house (or beach) of worship. Located in a theater-style building in North Myrtle Beach, this congregation often relocates to the beach for less formal gatherings. Of course, all services are fairly informal, catering to the come-as-you-are crowd of vacationers that don't pack traditional church clothes for vacation.

* Belin United Methodist Church: One of the oldest churches on the Grand Strand is also one of its most scenic. Located on the banks of Murrells Inlet, Belin UMC was founded in 1925 and today boasts more than 2,000 members. The historic church is beautiful inside and out, with an outdoor worship area and a large cross on the seawall. The congregation hosts its traditional Blessing of the Inlet each spring to pray for a safe and successful season for the fishing village.

* Grand Strand Church: This new, non-denominational Christian church is held in the historic Cooper House, a century-old home located by the old Socastee Swing Bridge. However, this small congregation is known for holding services on the beach, aboard boats and other unique locations along the Strand. Visit //www.strandchurch.com for worship times and locations.

* Chabad of Myrtle Beach: Jewish visitors can find this thriving synagogue in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Offering traditional services, Chabad caters to a vibrant Jewish community in Myrtle Beach and even hosts its own academy for pre-high school education. Chabad is also in the process of adding a spiritual center to its campus.

* St. Andrew Catholic Church: The Grand Strand’s largest Catholic congregation gathers in downtown Myrtle Beach on a large campus that includes a new recreation center, a pre-high school academy and several community outreach projects.

(posted 6/25/15)