Wellness Ministry


Fitness & Fun

Support Groups

Divorce Care




Our Abundant Life Ministry focuses on the development of a health ministry, in co-operation with church members, church leaders, the community, local agencies, and hospitals. Ministry team members and the Parish Health Coordinator work together with God's guidance to facilitate seminars, classes, and health related events and activities. Together, they identify the health needs and concerns of the congregation, and plan and implement programs that promote wellness. Abundant Life focuses on a “whole person" approach to wellness and healing, believing that wholeness involves harmony among mind, body, and spirit.

Areas of health and wellness promotion and disease prevention include CPR classes, exercise classes, blood drives, BP screening, Divorce Care programming, Remembrance luncheons, referrals to community resources, and most importantly listening and loving the members, friends, and visitors of First Presbyterian Church. For additional information, please contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496.


Throughout the year, the Abundant Life Ministry presents seminars and workshops on a variety of topics.


Grief Educational Workshop

OFFERED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ~ This free, six session, weekly educational group explores such issues as understanding the stages of grief, surviving stress and loneliness, realistic grief recovery, spiritual elements of grief, the value of memories, and developing a supportive environment. Each week a different topic will be covered. Periods of instruction, sometimes including a video presentation, will be followed by confidential discussion. It’s a place to learn new ideas, that may help you feel better. For additional information and to register contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496.

DATE: Starts September 21
TIME: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Meeting Room B, Grissom Campus, 2nd floor
FACILITATOR: Harrison Grey, D.Min., Ph.D. Coordinator, Grief Counselor, and Chaplain of Tidelands Community Hospice
Drawing for Cognitive Thinking
Join Ana von Hofmann, art student of Carnegie Mellon University for a drawing class. For beginner or experienced artists, this 6-week course begins January 11, 2017 and ends February 15, 2017. Cost is $90. For more information contact Denise Ellis. SIGN UP



We have a variety! COME ON ~ JOIN US, MEET NEW FRIENDS, and HAVE FUN!


YOGA Classes

Certified Yoga trainer leads these Gentle Yoga classes. Come, relax, and stretch; a great way to start your day. Bring a mat or towel! Call 843.448.4496 to register. For additional information, contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse.


DATE: Tuesdays & Thursdays
TIME: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Wilkes Hall, Grissom Campus
COST: $4.00 per session
INSTRUCTOR: Margo Taylor, Yoga Certified
Ballroom Dance

Learn to dance while staying sharp in mind, balance and movement. Added bonus- it's also fun!

DATE: Mondays & Fridays
TIME: 7:00  PM
LOCATION: Wilkes Hall, Grissom Campus
FACILITATOR: Denise Ellis - 843.448.4496
Mondays- Beginner Class at 7 PM, Intermediate Class at 8 PM


Alzheimer's Support Group

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Wish to help a friend who is dealing with Alzheimer’s? You're invited to join our Support Group and learn new ways to deal with some of the problems.

FPC Alzheimer's Support Group meets year-round. Come discuss your needs and/or better ways of caring or your loved one. This support group is designed for the earlier stages of Alzheimer's when your loved one is still living in your home. Alzheimer's Association of South Carolina works closely with our group and our leaders are trained and well prepared. For additional information, contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse.

DATE: 2nd & 4thThursdays of the month
TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Meeting Room C, Grissom Campus, 3810 Robert Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach
FACILITATORS: FPC Members, Laura McNab & Denise Ellis, RN


Comfort Zoners’ Ministry

This group is designed for retired people without a partner. They meet monthly, excluding the summer months) lunch & “a little philosophy.” No need to RSVP, just meet us at Friendly's. Addition information by contacting Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496.


DATE: Saturdays, last of every month (September - May)
TIME: 12 Noon
LOCATION: Olive Garden, Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach
COST: Lunch is Dutch Treat 
Grief Support Group

This free, bi-monthly support group offers on-going support to those that are grieving a loss resulting from the death of a loved one, friend, or family member. This is not just for those that have lost a spouse. Gain support from others experiencing the same feelings as you. It’s a safe, confidential place to learn new ideas that may help you feel better.

DATE: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
TIME: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Meeting Room A, Grissom Campus, 2nd floor
FACILITATOR: Harrison Grey, D.Min., Ph.D. Coordinator, Grief Counselor, and Chaplain of Tidelands Community Hospice
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, please contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496.

Lend-A-Hand Ministry

Lend A Hand's Respite Care is a Confidential Service available to Caregivers of ALL ages - not just the elderly! Our volunteers are eager to give caregivers relief to go to church or just do something fun. Volunteers can also change out smoke-detector batteries, replace burned out light bulbs, any small task that might require climbing on a ladder. For additional information, contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496.

 VOLUNTEER CONTACT: FPC Member, Florence Witmyer


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you crochet or knit? This group crafts shawls, lap robes, and hats for those who are ill or bereaved. We invite you to come, join in fellowship, and craft much appreciated items created with love. Group meets September - May. Contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496 for further information.

DATE: Wednesdays
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meeting Room B, Grissom Campus, 2nd floor

Visiting Volunteers

Our Visiting Volunteers arrange visits to our elderly shut ins living at home or in Assisted Living faciliities. During monthly meetings, volunteers address any special needs these folks may have. If you are interested in participating in this special ministry, please contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496.
DATE: Fourth Wednesday of every month (September - May)
TIME: 10:30 - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Conference Room, Grissom Campus, 2nd floor