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Youth Ministries


Leader: Laura Stevens

Nursery is available during all Worship Services and Jubilee for children infants through age three. Volunteers for the nursery rotate times and days. There are always two adults in the nursery every service to watch over the children. If there gets to be a large number of children, there are more volunteers brought in for assistance to watch and care for the children, so the children are always supervised and taken the best possible care. These volunteers count this as one of the highest responsibilities and enjoy caring for your children and they always have the child's best interest in mind. You must be 18 years old to be approved to care for children in the nursery. You must also be approved and scheduled to do nursery by Joann Fagerberg.

Grand Strand Children’s Ministry (GSCM)

Leaders: Rev. Dustin Ventura

 GSCM desires for children from birth through elementary school to connect to God through understanding who Jesus is and who they are according to God’s word, the Bible.  We desire for our children to Grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, to serve in the children’s ministry by helping teachers and classmates, participating in service opportunities and in many different ways available.  We encourage our children to share what they learn each week with their friends and family.  
GSCM is comprised of many different ministries that operate throughout the year.  Sunday school meets at 9:30am on Sunday mornings for all ages, The Great Adventure Children’s Church is dismissed from the main worship service in the auditorium and is from ages 4-4th grade.  AWANA (all ages) meets on Wednesday evenings in the family life center through the months of August – June at 6:30pm.

Good News Clubs

Leaders: Lois Clardy & Pam Datlof 

Good News Club is an outreach program from CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship). Good News Clubs are Christian after-school clubs for elementary age children. They can attend after school and have snacks, play games, sing songs, and hear lessons about Jesus. This ministry is held on public school campuses where they can reach children that may have never heard about Jesus or the Bible. Our Church is very happy to say that we sponsor two clubs: Ocean Bay Elementary and Forestbrook Elementary. This  means that once every week during school the school year we have  opportunities to reach children in two public elementary schools. We begin this ministry each year in the Fall at the beginning of school and continue throughout the school year. There have been many children who have given their lives to Christ through this effective outreach program. For more information go to


Leaders: Jimmy & Lisa Foster

We are proud to have an Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed Club (AWANA) at church. Our AWANA club is for children from age 3 elementary school age. AWANA meets every Wednesday night, throughout the school year, at 6:30 p.m. In AWANA , children and youth are taught a Bible lesson every week, specifically designed for their age range, taught by a thoroughly trained, adult leader. In AWANA, children are given weekly activities to do at church and at home, these activities differ by age, then they are awarded points, which they may use to buy toys or other things at the AWANA gift store. Every week, the children participate in a different activity or game at church, while being supervised by their team leaders (adult supervisors). AWANA is a highly rated, international children's program which has been in many churches since 1950. AWANA is an excellent weekly activity for children to be able to have fun and learn about God's love for them.  

Youth Ministry

Leader: Kevin and Kayla Lawson

Grand Strand Student Ministry (GSSM) is the arm of Grand Strand Baptist Church that reaches out to the students in our community from grades 7-12. GSSM desires to connect students to God through understanding the person and the work of Jesus Christ and to connect them to other students through fellowship with one another.   GSSM desires for our students to grow in their understanding and obedience to the Word of God, the Bible, through in-depth Bible study. GSSM desires for our students to serve the church by volunteering to help in ministries throughout the church body and to serve the community in which they live, with Christ-like compassion and zeal. GSSM desires for our students to share the love, compassion, hope and grace that they have found through their relationship with God to all peoples in their sphere of outreach.
GSSM meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for fellowship and small group Bible study; Sunday nights at 6:00pm for family worship and Bible study; and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm fellowship and Bible study. Throughout the year, our students participate in camps, concerts, ground zero events, and many others as they arise.     

Upward Sports

Leader: Marty Johnson

We provide community-based sports programs, open and available to all residents of the Horry County area, that provide an encouraging, wholesome environment for the entire family that will allow a young athlete to grow physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually. For more information, call the church office at (843) 236-2233, or click here.

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