St. Philip Lutheran Church

Myrtle Beach, SC

Covid-19 Response

During this time of physical distancing:

  • You can join us on our Facebook Page for live worship (be sure to "Like" the page)
    • Sunday Mornings at 10:30 a.m.
    • "Song & Story" Worship on Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m.
  • You can visit our Online Worship page to find the past week's worship service. 
  • You can also visit St. Philip's YouTube channel for an archive of worship services. 

Members, Partners, and Friends of St. Philip,

We are living in interesting times, aren’t we? By now, you are aware that COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, has been declared a pandemic. The landscapes regarding both this disease and our collective response to it are changing rapidly. Many institutions, organizations, businesses, and agencies are suspending operations, and government officials are requesting cancellations for large gatherings of people. The purpose of this advice is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as best we can, particularly among the elderly.

So, it is with a heavy heart and an abundance of caution and care that the Congregation Council and I think we should suspend all activities at St. Philip. We propose that St. Philip close starting Tuesday, March 17 for any and all activities – no choirs, meetings, Narcotics Anonymous, or worship. While we hope to only miss a couple of weeks of worshiping and gathering together, we will listen to state and local authorities and do what we can to help mitigate the spread of this disease.

Although we are not excited or happy about this need to suspend worship and activities, we understand that by refraining from gathering we are showing our concern for health care workers and may be helping to minimize the impact this outbreak will have on our neighbors and the public health infrastructure.

Please make note below of some of the ways we will continue to be the church together during this time apart:

WORSHIP:
We plan to offer online worship and devotions as best we can. We will be live-streaming our worship services for Wednesday, March 18; Sunday, March 22; and Wednesday, March 25. These streams can be found on our Facebook page, facebook.com/SaintPhilipLutheranChurch/. You will need to “Like” our page in order to view our videos. We will also use the Facebook page to post updates on times for worship services, as well as posting an Order of Worship for you to use. While it won’t be the same as worshiping together, we hope that these online offerings can keep us connected in some way.

BIBLE STUDY:
Bible Study classes are cancelled March 22.

WEDNESDAY EVENING MEALS:
The meals for March 18 and March 25 have been cancelled.

OTHER MEETINGS AND REHEARSALS:
All use of the building will be closed. If meeting is necessary, we encourage email or telephone to accomplish tasks.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS:
You may mail in your offerings or give online. If you haven’t given online before, it isn’t too difficult. Simply browse to any page on our website and click the “Give to St. Philip” button. Fill out this form with pertinent info, and you’re done! We do encourage you to cover the fees of the transaction if at all possible. To lessen the amount of those fees, you may choose to use a bank account rather than a credit card. To do this, look at the bottom blue bar to choose how to give. You may also make this a one-time or recurring gift. We know that many may be experiencing financial anxiety during this time. We pray for the impact of this response to have minimal impact on families’ well-being, especially those in our communities who are most vulnerable.

MORE WAYS TO BE THE CHURCH:
Call your neighbors, friends, and those of our St. Philip community - particularly our home-bound members. It is a way to still feel connected, as well as offer up words of love and friendship in a tough time. We can also pray, dive more into scripture, and reflect on God’s presence with us even in times of trouble.

Lastly, we realize that these closures and cancellations constitute what one person called a “pandemic of disappointment.” It is easy to get discouraged at such major shifts in life’s patterns and joys. The season of Lent recalls, among other things, the time that God’s people wandered in the wilderness, unsure of what each new day would bring. Like Jesus, who was tempted in the desert for forty days, they learned to depend wholly on God’s grace for what they needed. And now for us, learning to trust in God’s presence and care during a time of social distancing will be a part of our very own Lenten discipline.

May God surprise us with grace and renewed faith. May we be fed with the words of the apostle Paul, that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” And may Christ, who is with us always to the end of the age, be especially present with us now.

God’s peace,

Pastor Jason

Sunday Worship

We worship Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.  You are welcome here.

Here are a few things you may wonder about or notice when you come.


Communion. We have communion every Sunday and everyone is welcome. If you don’t feel ready to commune, don’t sweat it. Just know you are invited! 


Children aren’t just welcome, they are important to our worship! Sometimes worship can be fine dining but most of the time it is a family picnic. We know kids are in worship and make noise. That’s great! It is the kind of noise we like to hear. Quiet activity bags are available; just ask an usher.  If your child should need a break, there is a nursery room available for those under five.  


Come as you are. You will find people in dresses and suits and others in tee shirts and shorts. Just come. We don’t care what you’re wearing; it is the beach, after all.


People will probably say “Hi” and ask where you're from. We love to make friends.


Sunday school for Adults begins at 9:30 a.m. 

Adults are welcome to join Pastor Jason as we explore the letter to the Galatians. We will meet in the Conference Room. 

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 25 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday, May 29 All Day
Sunday, May 31 at 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM