Christmas Caroling

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You are invited for a fun evening of Christmas Caroling to some of the homes and care facilities of our home bound members. Come to the church on Friday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. We will all journey around the area sharing the love of Seaside through Christmas cheer. 

Please RSVP to Karen Viviano at (843) 241-5397 no later than December 9th. It is important to let us know that you are coming so that we can provide appropriate transportation for everyone!

Following the time of Caroling, we will return to the church for a time of fellowship with finger foods and desserts. Plan to bring something to share with the group (you will find out more details when you RSVP).

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!

Hanging of the Greens

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You are invited to participate in this year’s Hanging of the Greens on Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 a.m. Come and be a part of preparing our worship space and church facility for the season of Advent.

Additionally, this year we will hold a short service of dedication for our new Chrismon Ornaments at 11:00 a.m.

Plan to make this a part of your holiday celebration this year!

Church-Wide Advent Devotional Reading

Image result for sent delivering the gift of hope at christmasOnce again we will join our Morning Worship and Spiritual Formation during the season of Advent using a devotional book called Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas by Jorge Acevedo and other contributing authors. Together we will travel through a 5-week journey to discover how, where and why we are sent based on the coming of Jesus as the Christ-child. This book will challenge us through story, art and Bible study using daily readings and reflections including Scripture, insights, daily challenges and prayers. The five weekly themes are: 1. Jesus Reconciles; 2. Jesus Sets Us Free; 3. Jesus is God With Us; 4. Jesus Brings New Life; and 5. Jesus Changes Everything. Readings begin on Monday, November 26, in preparation for the first Sunday of Advent, December 2. Books will be available for purchase beginning Sunday November 11 in between worship services. Books will also be available for purchase in the church offices beginning November 12, Monday – Thursday between the hours of 9-4.  Books are being offered for a discounted price of $5 each.

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

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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.
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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”!