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Since 1997 Belin Memorial United Methodist Church has been celebrating Murrells Inlet and all who make their living from the local waters by hosting a festival which focuses on music, fun and comradery.
The Blessing of the Inlet is held on the first Saturday in May every year, and Saturday, May 5th will be its 16th year. The festival kicks off at 9:00 a.m. and is scheduled to go until 4:00 p.m.
With over 60 arts and crafts vendors showcasing their wonderful handmade goods a virtual treasure trove awaits you. Whether it is the beautiful paintings or handmade jewelry, there is something for everyone! Don’t forget about all the delicious food prepared by some of Murrells Inlet’s finest restaurants! Also, to tempt you, we have our incredible children’s events, which include face and hair painting, numerous inflatable’s, climbing wall, and the ever popular “Dunking Tank” where they can take turns trying to “dunk” your friends.
There will also be a full day of outstanding entertainment featuring dance troops, gospel choirs, contemporary Christian musicians, and more. This festival is highlighted by the “Blessing of the Inlet” Ceremony which starts at 11:30a.m. The blessing will be administered by the Reverend Dr. Mike Alexander and the Reverend Marty Nason. There is no admission or parking charge and the event will be held rain or shine. So come help us celebrate the Glory of God and all He has “blessed” us with! We are NOT associated with The Blessing of the Fleet. Due to Belin’s focus on the people and lives of Murrells Inlet and the surrounding South Strand, the “Blessing of the Inlet” does not include the blessing of animals. “See Ya’ Saturday” has developed into the “Blessings” official slogan. All of the Grand Strand and the surrounding areas will be saying very soon… “See Ya’ Saturday!!!”
Some of the best restaurants in the Inlet will be there, including Bliss, Flo's and Nalu's; hop on over to Myrtle Beach Alternatives for the complete list of participating restaurants.
While the schedule for the live entertainment is not yet posted, most of the acts have been confirmed and include:
- Mixed Creeds (auto-playing music)
- Low Country Barbershop Chorus
- Witness Quartet
- Living Waters Praise Team
- Belin Chancel Choir
- Ricardo L. Walker
- Women of Destiny (Dance Worship Team)
- LC3 Praise Team
- Captain Murrell & Friends
- Brown Chapel Young Adult Choir
- Seaside Elementary
- Gordon Chapel AME