Come See How We’re Living It

Around Town

ST. ANDREW BY-THE-SEA UMCSERVING HILTON HEAD, BLUFFTON & THE WORLD

The day is about to dawn, and hundreds make their way at 7 a.m. to Coligny Beach to see the sunrise on Easter morning and to hear Good News from the pastors at St. Andrew By-The-Sea.  For over 40 years, the church has provided the community with a place to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection as the sun appears across the ocean’s horizon. This year, at 7 a.m., St. Andrew will hold a new sunrise service at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park by the May River where the church also hosts Christmas Eve under the Stars.

These services are ways St. Andrew By-The-Sea UMC is “serving Hilton Head, Bluffton and the world.”

“It’s in our DNA to go out into the community and be part of the lives of people,” said Sr. Pastor Neil M. Yongue Jr.

About five years ago, knowing the extraordinary symbiotic relationship between Hilton Head and Bluffton, church leadership sought to connect the dots and opened a second location on the mainland.  The Bluffton campus, housed in what was a sketchy bar at 39 Persimmon Street- Building 200, offers a non-traditional style of worship.

IT’S IN OUR DNA TO GO OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND BE PART OF THE LIVES OF PEOPLE. 
– SR. PASTOR NEIL M. YONGUE JR. 

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“We transformed the bar into a welcoming place to worship, learn and serve,” explained Bluffton Campus Pastor Daniel Burbage.  “Our alternate style of worship here at 10:30 a.m. has made people of all ages feel so comfortable that we need to expand. We are launching another service at 9 a.m. beginning March 17.”

On any given day, you will find St. Andrew members seeking to live a life of purpose based on their faith. They feed the hungry at the Friday soup kitchen and make prayer quilts on Mondays.  You can see their faith in action as they serve the church’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner, provide a Christmas Shoppe for needy families and coach more than 200 kids on Saturdays at Upward Basketball.   They repair substandard housing in the state and have built schools in other countries while raising funds to support missions through the annual Fall Festival.

“Our hearts, our minds and our doors are open,” said Yongue.  “We invite guests to either campus or to our outdoor services to hear words of hope, and to come see how we’re living It.”

HILTON HEAD CAMPUS WORSHIP:
Sundays  9 & 11:15 a.m.

BLUFFTON CAMPUS WORSHIP: 
Sundays 10:30 am and a new service at 9 a.m. beginning March 17