HISTORY OF BELIN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
In Historic Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, named for The Reverend James L. Belin, Methodist Minister and benefactor of the area, was built in 1925 from materials obtained by tearing down Oatland Methodist Church near Pawleys Island. The church sanctuary was first renovated in 1955. In 1967, the Education Building was completed on land deeded to the local congregation by the Mission Board of the South Carolina Conference. In the fall of 1977 the church building was moved about 75 feet to the center of the lot and more than doubled in size. This tremendous project was completed in the Spring of 1978, most of the work being done by the members and the pastor in charge.
In 1991 the membership approved plans and awarded a contract for the construction of a new sanctuary, designed like the former structure. The first worship service was held in the new sanctuary on September 6, 1992. On May 2, 1993, the congregation donated the original sanctuary to any church that would continue to use it as a house of worship. On April 19, 1994, it was moved to a lot off of Hwy. 501, west of Myrtle Beach, to become the Joseph B. Bethea United Methodist Church, continuing to serve the spiritual needs of the people of our area. Our Family Life Center opened in December 1999 and it has been a wonderful addition to our church campus. We have many church sponsored events throughout the month, such as family night supper (BUM Bash), men's basketball, Belin Senior Fellowship luncheons, Rollie Hanna breakfasts, and much more. We invite all of our members and guests also, to become involved in our Family Life Center. The Family Life Center is also available to rent for special occasions. Please contact Jennifer Hawkins at 357-5180 for additional information.
On April 26, 2007, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church purchased land adjacent to the office and educational building. On September 7, 2007, the entire congregation was asked to Embrace the Vision. The vision for this land will have a positive impact on our church and Murrells Inlet for generations to come. We extend an open invitation for you to join us for worship here at Belin Memorial. We enjoy having visitors from other churches as well as accepting new members into our household of faith.
Each Sunday we have two traditional services in the sanctuary at 8:45 AM and 11 AM, and we have two modern services in the Family Life Center at 8:45 AM and 11 AM. OurSunday school classes begin at 10:00 AM in the Family Life Center. A nursery is provided.