Wellness Ministry

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 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 of the month
TIME: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Meeting Room C, Grissom Campus, 1st floor
Please use Wilkes Hall Entrance
FACILITATOR: Harrison Grey, D.Min., Ph.D. Coordinator, Grief Counselor, and Chaplain of Tidelands Community Hospice


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: Next Series TBA
FACILITATOR: Harrison Grey, D.Min., Ph.D. Coordinator, Grief Counselor, and Chaplain of Tidelands Community Hospice



We offer a variety of exercise classes, so come on, join us, GET FIT, MEET NEW FRIENDS, and HAVE FUN!

Water Aerobics (Women)

Low impact activity that is great for movement and weight loss. No dressing facilities available; please come prepard for the pool. Bring a water "noodle" and a towel. Class size is limited to 10 participants. A signed waiver is required in case of an accident. Class instructor, Sylvia Selby, is certified and bonded with over 10 years experience.

DATE: Mondays, June 2 - September 22 (weather permitting)
TIME: 11:00 AM - 12 Noon
LOCATION: Local community pool
Contact church office, 843.448.4496, for further information and to register.
Exercise for the Unwilling

FPC's Parish Health Nurse, Denise Ellis leads this class designed to accomodate all levels.


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 & Fridays (September - May)
TIME: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Wilkes Hall, Grissom Campus
COST: $4.00 per session
INSTRUCTOR: Margo Taylor, Yoga Certified
DATE: Mondays
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Wilkes Hall, Grissom Campus
Bring a partner or Come Solo ~ ALL Welcome!
Alzheimer's Support Group

Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Or do you want to help a friend who is dealing with  Alzheimer’s? We invite you 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 SouthCarolina is working closely with this group. Our leaders have trained and are well prepared. For additional information, contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse.

DATE: 2nd Thursday of the month
TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Card Room at Covenant Towers, 5001 Little River Road, Myrtle Beach
FACILITATORS: FPC Members, Laura McNab & Sharon Simmons


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: Friendly’s Restaurant, 48th & Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
COST: Lunch is Dutch Treat 
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