Looking for a new tradition to enjoy with family and friends? Look toward our very own Murrells Inlet for the Belin United Methodist Church Blessing of the Inlet. This day-long festival takes place on the first Saturday of every May and for their 23rd year, it will be held on May 4th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship alongside the scenic waterway while taking part in a local tradition.
The tradition itself began in 1997 after a rough winter that left the church humbled and ready to give back to the community. They decided to look at the blessings provided by the inlet rather than focusing on hardship. When they glanced around at the massive oak trees, the salty air, and of course the community that calls this place home, they felt blessed. They also felt the blessing should be shared and thus, a festival was born. The actual ‘Blessing of the Inlet’ will begin at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Belin Church, on the creek side, by Revered Dr. Mike Alexander and the Reverend Walter Cantwell. As the theme for 2019 is “Be a blessing to someone today,” following the blessing, the sanctuary will be open for an hour for the community to “stay to pray.”
Although entry and parking to the event are free, there will be plenty of opportunities to check out over 100 arts and crafts vendors, food prepared by Murrells Inlet’s restaurants, and events for children. Entertainment will also include dance troops, gospel choirs, Christian musicians, and more. The funds generated by the event go towards missions, charities, and nonprofit organizations supported by the church. Rain or shine, the festival will go on as a wonderful opportunity to surround yourself with the community and enjoy a day of fun.