History of the Galilean Service

A symbolic cross stands atop a majestic sand dune overlooking the white sandy Alabama beach and the Gulf of Mexico. This is the setting for the informal Galilean Service of worship held each Sunday morning from 7:30 – 8:20 a.m. Our beach services are held from the second Sunday in May through the Sunday before Labor Day.

The first service was held May 20, 1951, under the leadership of the Rev. Robert Hagood, of the Foley Methodist Church. Since 1951 the Foley United Methodist Church has continued this vital ministry.

People who attend come from all parts of the country as well as from abroad. Many return season after season to worship the Lord beside the sea. We routinely have speakers from other denominations bringing the message and we welcome those of all who would worship with us.

The cross, a sound system, and an electronic keyboard are put in place before each services.Events of the day include congregational singing and special music is often furnished by different groups or soloists. The music  joining with the roar of the surf aids in lifting praises to God.

It seems natural for us to worship God together by the seashore, among the dunes, under the sparkling blue skies and in the freshness of the morning. It brings to mins another Galilean Service by the sea, long ago in a place called the Holy Land.

This summer, please invite others to this unique worship opportunity.

May You Enjoy Your Galilean Beach Service Experience!

Come join us – Get a little sand in your shoes!

Sunday mornings 7:30 – 8:20 a.m. from the Mother’s Day through the Sunday before Labor Day.