Most people vacation on the Grand Strand to get away from the stresses of work, school and everyday troubles, but you don't have to take a break from church. Regardless of your religious affiliation, you can find a house of worship while you are away from home. Here's a listing of churches for attending services in the Myrtle Beach area:
Our Lady Star of the Sea: Located in North Myrtle Beach, this church hosts regular Sunday Mass and other weekly services. For more information, visit www.olssnmb.com.
Precious Blood of Christ: Located in Pawleys Island, this historic church holds regular Sunday Mass and other weekly services. For more information, visit www.pbocchurch.com.
St. Andrew of Myrtle Beach: Located in Myrtle Beach at the corner of Kings Highway and 37th Avenue North, about two miles south of Ocean Reef, this popular church holds several services throughout the week. For more information, visit www.standrewcatholicchurch.org.
St. James the Younger: Located in historic downtown Conway, this church hosts regular Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.stjamesconway.org.
St. Michael: Located in Garden City Beach, this church holds regular Sunday Mass and other weekly services. For more information, visit www.saintmichaelsc.net.
Barefoot Church: This North Myrtle Beach, non-denominational church caters to no dress code crowd, particularly vacationers without formal attire. Services are occasionally held on the beach and feature live music and activities for kids.
Belin United Methodist Church: Located in Murrells Inlet, this church is one of the oldest and largest churches on the Grand Strand. Founded in 1925, BUMC boasts more than 2,000 members and hosts the annual Blessing of the Inlet event each spring.
Christ United Methodist Church: Located in the Fantasy Harbour section of Myrtle Beach, this non-denominational congregation meets in a former circus-tent theater, providing an entertaining contemporary atmosphere.
First Baptist Church: One of the first churches in downtown Myrtle Beach keeps up with the changing times with two distinct Sunday services – a more traditional service at 8:30 a.m. and a more contemporary service for late risers at 11 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church: Located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, this is one of the oldest churches on the Grand Strand. FPC recently opened new school and meeting facility on the corner of 38th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway, where midweek services are held.
Grand Strand Church: This non-denominational congregation meets in the historic Cooper House, a century-old home located near the old Socastee Swing Bridge. This congregation also holds services on the beach, aboard boats and in other unique locations.
Ocean View Baptist Church: Located just a couple of blocks from Ocean Reef, this is one of the largest and most active churches in the area. OVBC is famous for its musical programs and Wednesday night social suppers.
St. Stephens Episcopal Church: This historic North Myrtle Beach house of worship was the first church in the state of South Carolina to construct an on-site Columbarium and Bell Tower.
Trinity United Methodist Church: This congregation has two meeting facilities – one in Conway and another in North Myrtle Beach. Both are among the oldest churches in their respective communities.
Chabad of Myrtle Beach: This synagogue is home to a vibrant Jewish community in Myrtle Beach and operates its own academy for pre-high school education. A healing center is currently being added to the property.
Temple Emanu-El: Located about 1 mile south of Ocean Reef Resort, this small but thriving congregation caters to a tight-knit Jewish community living in Myrtle Beach.