Plan for Re-Gathering & Re-Opening

In May the Seaside Board of Trustees appointed a Covid Response Team (CRT) made up of individuals who lead or represent various ministry areas within the church. This team was charged with the task of developing and implementing a plan for Re-Gathering and Re-Opening in accordance with recommendations from our Bishop as well as government authorities and agencies. Below are the results of the work of this CRT. Please note: Everything is subject to change depending on circumstances surrounding Covid.

Click here for the Schedule & Timeline

Click here for the entire document outlining all policies & procedures.

Employment Opportunities

Position Announcement: Office Assistant

Seaside is an active and engaged United Methodist Congregation in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. This growing congregation of 1000 members seeks a committed and energetic individual to handle front office, clerical and data entry duties.

Approximately 21 hours per week.
The Office Assistant is one of the first persons many people will see as they enter the church office. Therefore, we seek a person who exhibits positive energy and will represent Seaside to the public in a grace-filled way.

The Office Assistant will work with the Office Manager, Director of Communications and the pastors, to handle phone calls and in-person inquiries, weekly worship attendance data entry, and member/visitor profile maintenance in both the church data management system and church directory. The Office Assistant will be responsible for the “Path to Membership” for those who wish to become members at Seaside. Additional duties include assisting the pastors, other staff and ministry team members with office related and production (copying, printing, folding, etc.) tasks.

The successful candidate should evidence flexibility as
well as an ability to work well with the public, congregation, volunteers and
staff in a fast-paced environment. Applicants should possess a strong
background in the use of Microsoft Word, a working knowledge of Excel, and willingness
to learn Microsoft Publisher. We expect high standards for quality and
attention to deadlines.

Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Seaside United Methodist Church
Attn: Kathleen Thompson
1300 Seaside Road SW
Sunset Beach, North Carolina 28468

Or email to:

A printable copy of this announcement is available here.

Position Announcement: Facility Manager and Custodian

Seaside is an active and engaged United Methodist
Congregation in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. This growing congregation of 1000
members seeks a committed and energetic individual to handle facility
management and light custodial duties.

Approximately 25 hours per week.
Facility Manager: Monitor vendor contracts and grant access to relevant personnel for any work to be completed. Oversee outside contractors and repair workers. Evidence a working knowledge of various building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc., and the ability to provide routine maintenance of same. The Facility Manager will work with the pastors, trustees, office manager and staff to maintain a list of ongoing projects and provide a report of progress/completion to the trustees at their monthly meeting.

Custodian: Responsibilities include routine custodial and
cleaning duties as well as maintenance and light repair of the physical plant. Support
the pastors and staff by insuring the facility is set up for scheduled meetings
and events.

The successful candidate should evidence flexibility as
well as an ability to work well with the public, congregation, ministry teams and
staff in a fast-paced environment.

Physical Requirements: Ability to lift to 50 lbs. Ability
to climb ladder to perform tasks in all parts of the facility.

Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Seaside United Methodist Church
Attn: Kathleen Thompson
1300 Seaside Road SW
Sunset Beach, North Carolina 28468

Or email to:

A printable copy of this announcement is available here.

Flood Buckets for Hurricane Florence Relief

There is an immediate and ongoing need for UMCOR cleaning buckets for relief work in Brunswick County and the surrounding area! If you want to do something to help that has an immediate impact, please consider donating part or all of a cleaning bucket. The list of requested items is very specific, so we ask that no substitutions be made. Any donated items are appreciated. In addition to donating full buckets or items that are on the list, cash donations (in the form of a check to Seaside) may be made for the Early Response Team to purchase the needed items.

Click here for the updated list. Items should be brought to Seaside and placed under the UMCOR Flood Bucket Display.

The UM Harbor District is actively working on identifying needs and coordinating efforts throughout our area. While some work will require ERT badges (have attended ERT training), there will also be other areas where support will be required. As this evolves, we will keep you informed. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Moon at

It’s Our Birthday – April 23, 1968. The United Methodist Church Celebrates 50 Years!

UMC Timeline: 1968 to Present

Oh the places you’ll go…and have been! Reaching a milestone year gives us a good reason to look back and highlight some of the major events in the UMC since the Uniting Conference in 1968.
Read more….. 

The people of The United Methodist Church have made a huge difference in the world. We say, let us count the ways!  Click here for a quick list of 50 reasons the world is a better place thanks to the witness and work of the people of the UMC.


If you have not seen the Claymation film about the growth of the church in the USA, it’s worth watching. Made in 1984, this short clip gives you a chance to “gallop” through United Methodist History! Click here to “gallop”!



Vacation Bible School Volunteer Fair

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We are so excited for this year’s Vacation Bible School, “Rolling River Rampage!” We get to spend an amazing week sharing the love of God with kids in our community while together we discover God’s love on the river of life! Dates for this year’s VBS are June 11-15, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

On Sunday, April 15th, we are hosting a VBS Volunteer Fair. Come to the Fellowship Hall for some S’mores, Trail Mix and of course, cake! Take a look at some of the fun things we will be doing, and meet Romper, the River Otter. Even more exciting than all of that, however, is that you have the opportunity to learn how you can be involved in serving our kids throughout this amazing week. Below are the positions and descriptions we need to fill. You can either sign up with us at the Volunteer Fair, or fill out the form below and secure your spot on the team today!


Recreation Leader: This individual is responsible for planning and implementing games for our Elementary-Aged Children. There is a book of game suggestions provided, and all supplies are provided by the church. Games are held in the Fellowship Hall so that weather (heat or rain) is a non-issue.

Recreation Assistant: Assists the Recreation Leader with the games in the Fellowship Hall.

Snack Leader: This individual is responsible for planning and preparing snacks for all children, Preschool-Elementary. There is a book of snack suggestions provided. Snacks are planned for 50 children.

Snack Assistant: Assists the Snack Leader with preparing snacks each day.

Guides: These individuals are responsible for guiding their group of rafters (6-8 students) to their various stations throughout the day. Each day begins and ends in the Sanctuary with teaching and worship. The rest of the morning is scheduled between Bible Story, Science, Recreation and Snacks. Schedules are provided for the Guides to follow.

Parking Lot Attendants: These individuals are responsible for end-of-day pickup. Just like school, parents pull up to the door one car at a time to pick up their student/students. Attendants are needed to ensure that this runs smoothly and that kids are placed in the parents’ vehicles safely.

Photographers: These individuals are asked to come one day in the week (Mon-Thurs) and spend about an hour or two taking photos during various sessions. Professional photography skills not required, just an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy will work just fine! Photographers are then responsible for getting the photos to Stefanie no later than Thursday morning of the week.

Cookie Bakers (or buyers): These individuals are asked to bring one dozen cookies for the Friday reception at noon of VBS week. Cookies may be dropped off anytime on Thursday or Friday before 10:00 a.m.

Benefit Concert February 13

The Coastal Blue Band will be at Seaside on Tuesday February 13 at 7:00 pm for a Benefit Concert sponsored by the United Methodist Men. Tickets are $10 and are available from the church office or many of our United Methodist Men. Proceeds from this concert will provide resources for a variety of area ministries and programs that are supported by our United Methodist Men’s ministry.

Download a poster:




For more information contact Bob Kogler.

STARS 2017 Has Begun

For the fourth year, Seaside United Methodist Church is hosting a six-week summer reading program for children. The 2017 program runs from June 26th through August 4th. With the strong financial support of the Duke Endowment and numerous local donors, STARS provides students at-risk of falling behind in reading and opportunity for intensive development of reading skills coupled with fun enrichment activities in a loving and supportive atmosphere. In collaboration with the Brunswick County Department of Elementary Education, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary has again been chosen as the school to be served, with approximately 25 rising second and third graders selected as STARS (Seaside Teaching and Reaching Students) Scholars. The STARS Program is comprised of three areas of focus:

Literacy: The morning sessions are focused on literacy using an accelerated learning approach to not only prevent summer learning loss but to better position students for the coming year. These sessions will be taught by a Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Master Teacher and Assistant with no more than a 10:1 student/teacher ratio. Student success will be shown by the progress made by the end of the STARS Program and at the end of school year.

Enrichment: The afternoon portion of the program provides opportunity to focus on music, art, science, and physical activities that are age appropriate for our kids. Field trips offer many choices of things to do and experience. Our community response has been positive in support of STARS. The afternoon program will be staffed primarily by volunteers, giving all of our church “family” members a chance to be “family” to our children.

Parent Involvement: Each Monday night STARS hosts a dinner workshop for the parents. The entire family, including siblings, are invited to the dinner. The workshop is planned and taught by the Master Teachers, using the learning material for the current week to equip the parents to be ongoing learning partners in the home, beyond the six-week program. The meals are prepared and hosted by various congregational groups within Seaside UMC.

Our theme this year is “Oh, the Places You Will Go” – based on the children’s book by Dr. Seuss. In addition to continuing their educational development, students will have the opportunity to expand their horizons by learning about new and exciting places around North Carolina. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Meg Good, STARS Program Director, at

Special Friends meet special friends | Myrtle Beach Sun News

Lynn Jacobs, 31, says she is teaching tricks to Precious Noel, her 18-month old Chiweenie — a cross between a Chihuahua and dachshund — and enjoys spending time with her and Miss Aallee, her 16-year old Chihuahua. A Supply, N.C. resident, Jacobs adds, “I love to sing,” and uses that talent in the choir at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, N.C. She also looks forward to attending the gatherings of Special Friends of Seaside at the church. This ministry began in October 2016 and is designed specifically for those 18-40 who have a disability and can manage their own personal needs. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. Jacobs was born with spina bifida (see side bar) and uses a wheelchair for mobility.

Source: Special Friends meet special friends | Myrtle Beach Sun News

Holy Week 2017

Palm Sunday—April 9

  • 8:00 am: Morning Worship (Communion)
  • 9:30 am: Contemporary Worship
  • 11:00 am: Traditional Worship
  • 4:00 pm: Easter Cantata: “Glorious Day”
  • 7:00 pm: Easter Cantata: “Glorious Day”

Maundy Thursday—April 13

  • 7:00 pm: Maundy Thursday Communion with Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday—April 14

  • 12:00 Noon: Good Friday Service
  • 7:00 pm: A Service of Tenebrae (Shadows)

Easter Sunday—April 16

  • 6:30 am: Sunrise Service on Sunset Beach at Gazebo access
  • 8:00 am: Morning Worship (Communion)
  • 9:30 am: Contemporary Worship
  • 10:30 am: Easter Egg Hunt on the South Lawn
  • 11:00 am: Traditional Worship

Teddy Bear Workshop 2017

Seaside’s Teddy Bear ministry hand makes soft cuddly bears which are then distributed to the Departments of Social Services and Public Safety. When children are caught up in a crisis, officers of these agencies keep the bears available to them to give to a frightened or anxious child. This February, the ministry team gathered for a marathon day of making these cuddly comforters.