LIST: Churches prepare for in-person Easter Sunday services

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Churches across the Grand Strand are gearing up for in-person Easter services this year.

The Palmetto Pointe Church added more services to keep the congregations small and set up preregistration to avoid large crowds. It will hold seven services this year instead of four. And the church also will hold three Good Friday services.

“Easter Sunday is always a huge day for the church. I tell people it’s our Super Bowl,” said Pastor Jamie Barfield at the Palmetto Pointe Church.

Church leaders had a tough decision to make whether to hold Easter services in-person, outside, or completely virtual.

Last year, churches were deemed non-essential during the pandemic lockdown and were forced to keep their doors shut on one of their most crowded Sundays of the year.

“I’m looking forward to people being excited to celebrate the resurrection of Christ after a year where we couldn’t and had to do it inside of our homes, coming together and ultimately having an energy in the house and spirit of celebration that’s going to be present,” Pastor Jamie Barfield said.

Before Easter Sunday, members and visitors are asked to preregister to help the flow of traffic Easter Sunday and prepare assigned seating.

Having the church closed for Easter last year may have brought sadness, but Pastor Barfield will use 2020’s trials to look ahead during this year’s Easter message.

“It’s a message of everything you’ve been through, every trial, every burden, every struggle the past year, we serve a God that is still in control, he’s still faithful, and he’s able to take all of that hurt, pain, all those trials and turn it around and use it for his good,” Barfield said.

A live stream and early outdoor sunrise service at the Springmaid Pier will also take place.

Here are other Easter Sunday services:

Sunrise Services: 
In-person Services: 
  • Beach Church (557 George Bishop Parkway)
    • In person or online at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
  • Oceanview (7300 N Kings Hwy)
    • Easter Sunday Service in person or online at 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 
    • Kids environment available with pre-registration
  • Barefoot Church (701 Main Street in North Myrtle Beach)
  • King of Glory Lutheran Church (805 11th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach)
    • Easter Sunrise Beach Service at 6:30 a.m at 10th Ave N. beach access. 
    • Easter Sunday Services at 8:30 a.m and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.
  • Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church (410 6th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach)
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church (1100 8th Ave North in North Myrtle Beach)
    • Easter Sunday Masses at 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon
  • Socastee United Methodist Church (5575 Dick Pond Road Myrtle Beach)
    • 7:00am – Sunrise Service (bring a lawn chair)
    • 9:00am & 11:00am Traditional Service, people can make reservations by email sumc@socasteeumc.org, or call church office, 843-650-3373 
  • St. Stephens Episcopal Church (801 11th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach)
    • Easter Sunrise Beach Service at 6:30 a.m at 10th Ave N. beach access. 
    • Easter Sunday Services at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary
    • Overflow in parking lot: listen in your car on the radio at 89.3FM
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (706 14th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach)
    • Oceanfront Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. (17th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach)
    • Easter Worship in the Sanctuary at 8:30 a.m.
    • Easter Worship on the Lawn at 11 a.m. 

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