Church Updates on COVID 19
New Worship and Sunday School Times beginning July 12, 2020
Beginning Sunday, July 12, we will resume our normal Sunday schedule of Sunday School at 8:45 AM and the Traditional Service at 10 AM.
Sunday School classes will continue meeting in the rooms listed below. All other guidelines for in-person worship listed below will remain in effect.
New Worship Guidelines for in-person worship beginning June 14
Recently, Governor McMaster announced the AccelerateSC Guidelines for Preparing to Reopen Faith-Based Organizations which began on Friday, May 22 at 5:00 pm. In conjunction with Bishop Holston’s Reset/Restart/Renew Guidelines, Socastee UMC is planning to reopen it’s doors to parishioners on June 14.
In preparation, the Worship Committee and other church leaders developed the following guidelines using the most recent CDC, AccelerateSC and Reset/Restart/Renew guidelines as resources. These procedures may be changed or modified as situations change or as we move into a new phase of the State’s reopening plan. Under these guidelines, the church service will be conducted very differently than you are accustomed.
Guidelines for Worship at Socastee United Methodist Church Reopening:
Below are the procedures we will use until it is deemed safe to return to our regular services.
Sunday School classes can meet in the following rooms while maintaining social distancing guidelines:
Covenant Keepers in the Fellowship Hall
John Wesley in the Choir Room
Aldersgate in the Old Sanctuary
Sara Page Cooper in the Old Choir Room
Children’s Sunday School is temporarily suspended, but children may attend Sunday School with parents.
Childcare/Nursery is suspended temporarily until further notice.
We will maintain compliance with the most current SC State and CDC guidelines for social distancing which currently includes:
Families may sit together but maintain a 6-foot distancing from others. All other parishioners should also maintain a 6-foot distancing from others.
Separate pews will be used. Pews not in use will be blocked off.
After the service, please remain seated until an usher directs your row to exit the building. Handicap access will continue thru the back doors with the ramp.
Masks are recommended but not required and sanitizer will be available. There will be a limited amount of masks available. If you take one, please take it home with you.
Tithing envelopes, offerings and coins of change should be dropped off in designated baskets at the front or sides before or after service.
Children’s Time will remain, but children will need to remain in the pews with their parents. The children may stand in the pews during Children’s Time only.
No Passing of the Peace.
The pastor, crucifer and acolyte will process in at the opening of service but will not recess out at the end of service.
We will continue to post the services on-line for those who do not feel comfortable attending in-person worship.
SUMC May 18 Update:
The bishop released a statement on Friday, May 15, extending the no in-person gatherings through June 10; services may restart June 14. Click here to read the entire statement from the bishop.
SUMC is developing a plan to safely reopen for Sunday service on June 14. We will be communicating the new policies and procedures guideline prior to June 14.
April 28, 2020 Latest Update for Socastee United Methodist Church
The bishop has continued to suspension all in-person meetings, events, and services through May 20, 2020. Please click here to read the entire statement from the bishop. We will continue to post updates via email, Facebook, website, as well as sermons on our YouTube channel, and here on the website.
We want to thank everyone for their online giving and mailing of your tithes and offering during this time. The church address is:
5575 Dick Pond Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
The Church Office continues to be closed, however, the staff will be working from home Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. We will be checking email and messages frequently throughout the day. You may leave a message for staff by calling 843-650-3373, select option 2 for employee directory. You may reach the staff by email:
Pastor Kurt at email@example.com
Lauren Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Office at email@example.com
You can reach Pastor Kurt by text or phone call at (864) 643-9968. If for some reason you need to come to the church office, we will make arrangements for you to do so.
Please continue to send health alerts and prayer requests to Dee Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us continue to be a people of prayer and faith. We are going to get through this!
March 28, 2020 Update from the Bishop:
I am strongly recommending that leaders of each local church continue to suspend in-person worship services and all gatherings, meetings and events, through April 30, 2020.
To read the entire statement, click here.