“Courageous Conversations”

“Courageous Conversations” will give interested persons in our congregation an opportunity to learn about and discuss the three options regarding the United Methodist Church’s relationship with LGBTQ persons to be presented at the Special Session of General Conference February 23-26.

There will be small group discussions, times of prayer, singing and study together. “Courageous Conversations” at Seaside begins January 30th – February 20th, each Wednesday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. You are encouraged to attend all four sessions as different information will be presented each week.

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.

Lessons & Carols

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Come to this year’s annual Seaside Family Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m.! This year’s theme will be a service of “Lessons & Carols” which will be led by our Joyful Noise Children’s Choir, our Handbell Ensemble as well as others. 

Bring an appetizer to share following the program at a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Make this a part of your holiday celebrations this year!

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 ncmoon1@gmail.com.

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Music Ministry Team Addition

Music is at central part of our ministry here at Seaside. It infuses our worship with power and draws us in to a deeper connection with God both by teaching and by helping us to center our spirits during worship. We are blessed with many gifted musicians in our Choir, Praise Team and our numerous ensembles. But the leadership of this ministry gives it shape and sets the tone.
For more than a dozen years, Seaside’s music team of Kathryn Parker and Lynn Enzor have overseen enormous growth. The Praise Team’s growing repertoire and the increasing demands for accompaniment for the choir mean that the absence of even one of our leaders creates a bind. Add to that the demands on Lynn in her “other life” as a bank manager, and we began to recognize the need for a third person in Music Ministry leadership.
After more than a year of discussions and search, we are pleased to announce the addition of Janette Schroeder to our Music staff beginning May 15th. Janette joins us as Assistant Music Director for Traditional Worship. She will be playing organ as well as piano and will help with the duties of directing our choirs, handbells and other ensembles. Janette has an extensive background in music ministry and we are excited to include her in our program.
The addition of Janette will allow Lynn to focus her considerable gifts on the oversight of the praise team ministry and our 9:30 worship service. Her new title will be Assistant Music Director for Contemporary Worship. Of course Kathryn continues to capably fill her role as team leader and Minister of Music for the church. Janette will provide accompaniment and other roles at 8:00 and 11:00 each week.  Of course each is capable of pinch-hitting when needed!
Thank you for what I know will be a warm welcome for Janette and for your continued support of our music ministry.

Labyrinth Site Dedicated

The​ ​Labyrinth​ ​Ministry​ ​Team​ ​of​ ​Seaside​ ​UMC​ ​has​ ​been​ ​working​ ​for​ ​almost​ ​2​ ​years​ ​planning​ ​for​ ​the​ ​construction​ ​of​ ​a​ ​labyrinth​ ​on​ ​the​ ​church​ ​grounds.​ ​A​ ​labyrinth​ ​is​ ​a​ ​walking​ ​meditation​ ​tool​ ​where​ ​you​ ​walk​ ​a​ ​winding​ ​path​ ​to​ ​the​ ​center​ ​and​ ​back​ ​out.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​only​ ​one​ ​way​ ​in​ ​and​ ​out.​ ​You​ ​use​ ​it​ ​as​ ​a​ ​time​ ​for​ ​meditation​ ​and​ ​reflection.

Sunday,​ ​April​ ​29​ ​some​ ​members​ ​of​ ​Seaside​ ​UMC​ ​gathered​ ​in​ ​the​ ​yard,​ ​by​ ​the​ ​sanctuary,​ ​​ ​where​ ​the​ ​labyrinth​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​located,​ ​and​ ​had​ ​a​ ​Blessing​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Ground​ ​service​ ​for​ ​our​ ​new​ ​labyrinth.​ ​Construction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​seven​ ​circuit​ ​labyrinth​ ​is​ ​scheduled​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​the​ ​week​ ​of​ ​May​ ​6,​ ​weather​ ​permitting.​ ​Carolina​ ​Creations​ ​will​ ​start​ ​by​ ​preparing​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​for​ ​the​ ​labyrinth​ ​and​ ​the​ ​landscaping.​ ​Then​ ​they​ ​will​ ​come​ ​and​ ​pour​ ​the​ ​30​ ​foot​ ​concrete​ ​slap​ ​on​ ​which​ ​the​ ​labyrinth​ ​will​ ​be​ ​etched.​ ​Then​ ​the​ ​landscaping​ ​will​ ​be​ ​put​ ​in.​ ​​ ​The​ ​entire​ ​process​ ​should​ ​take​ ​about​ ​1​ ​month.​ ​Watch​ ​this​ ​space.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​add​ ​pictures​ ​showing​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project​ ​as​ ​we​ ​go​ ​along.​ ​When​ ​the​ ​labyrinth​ ​is​ ​completed​ ​there​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​Dedication​ ​Service​ ​to​ ​which​ ​the​ ​congregation​ ​and​ ​community​ ​will​ ​be​ ​invited.​ ​

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A Sew-In for Haiti

On the afternoon of May 1st at Seaside UMC, fifty three (53) women cut, pinned, sewed, and ironed over 175 pillowcase dresses for girls and women in Haiti. The workshop was sponsored by Seaside’s United Methodist Women but women from the entire area participated.

The dresses will be divided between three mission trips this summer. Martha Worsley, UMW Harbor District Vice President will take half of the dresses with her when she goes to the Children’s Village of Duque orphanage in Haiti in early June.

Kim Curry and other members of Seaside United Methodist Church will take the remaining dresses with them on two mission trips to Haiti at the end of June. Kim will be going to Cazale for the Real Hope for Haiti Mission on June 22 and then will join our Seaside members (Pastor MJ, Mary Featherstone, Ken and Deb Wensel) in the village of Mizak on June 29th where they will be helping with a free eye glass clinic. Please keep all these folks in your prayers.

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”!



Divinity Students Announced

Seaside has hosted a divinity student each summer over the past 8 years. This year, we are blessed to host TWO students. Blake Thomsen and Megan Soun are completing their first year at Duke Divinity School. They will be getting married on May 19 and will arrive at Seaside to begin their summer Field Education experience on May 26. We look forward to welcoming Blake and Megan and participating in their ministerial formation. Blake hails from California and Megan is from Memphis. They met at Princeton, where they both graduated before coming to Duke to complete their Master of Divinity degrees.

In the weeks ahead, you are encouraged to drop Blake and Megan a line welcoming them to Seaside and wishing them well in their upcoming wedding–and for final exams, too, for that matter! You may reach Blake at: blake.thomsen@duke.edu and Megan at: megan.soun@duke.edu. We know they will be glad to hear from you.

Megan and Blake will be living in the community during the summer and welcome the opportunity to get to know the members of the congregation on a personal basis.  We invite you to consider inviting them for a meal or stopping by to visit them at the church after they arrive.