When you’re vacationing at the beach on Sundays, there’s no need to miss church service. Area churches in the Gulf Shores area are very welcoming of visitors any time of year.

And, when you want an extra special and relaxing worship experience, consider participating in a service on the beach.

Where can you find church services that are held on or near the beach?

Here are a few options:

Galilean Beach Service – Gulf State Park Pavilion

Since 1951, from Mother’s Day to the Sunday before Labor Day, Foley United Methodist Church has held a service on the sand just off the Gulf State Park Pavilion for members and vacationing guests. A cross on a sand dune welcomes worshippers to a beautiful and unique service on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico.

People who attend come from all parts of the country as well as from overseas. Many return season after season to worship by the ocean. The church routinely brings in speakers from other denominations to share the message.

Central Church Flora-Bama

When you visit the Central Church at Flora-Bama, you’ll enjoy a unique worship experience. A non-denominational church at the iconic bar, Central Church at Flora-Bama holds services at 9 and 11 a.m., on Sundays.

The church prides itself on offering a family-friendly experience on the beach behind the Flora-Bama. Bring your beach chairs and dress in beach attire!

Can’t make it on Sunday? Mosey on down to the Sports Bar of Perdido Key for the Monday Night Replay, held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Hosted by Orange Beach United Methodist Church, an Easter Sunrise Service is held annually at Alabama Point in Orange Beach east of Perdido Pass.

Worship includes an inspirational message and music. No need to dress up on the beach. Bring your coffee and your beach chair and enjoy!

Oasis Church – Wharf Orange Beach & The Beach Club Resort

If you prefer a casual, yet more traditional indoor church service, one option might be the Oasis Church at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

Promoting a family-friendly atmosphere with Christ-centered preaching, contemporary worship and causal dress, services are held Sundays on the second floor across from the Ferris wheel at the Wharf and at the Beach Club Resort Clubhouse upstairs.

Romar Beach Baptist Church – Orange Beach

Welcoming visitors with a lighthouse-style retreat center on the beach, the Romar Beach Baptist Church holds two Sunday services as well as small group Bible studies, prayer services and choir rehearsals. Dress is casual.

Easter brings beach sunrise services at Gulf State Park Pavilion sponsored by Orange Beach United Methodist Church and the Unity Church of Gulf Shores; The Hangout, sponsored by the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church; and at the Flora-Bama Church.

Gulf Shores Churches

Gulf Shores United Methodist Church: 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.

First Baptist Gulf Shores: 2200 West First St.

First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores: 309 East 21st Avenue.

Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church: 308 East 22nd Avenue.

Oyster Bay Baptist Church: 4280 Plash Road.

Gulf Shores Church of Christ: 2414 West 1st St.

Coastal Church Gulf Shores: 541 Cotton Creek Dr.

Salt Church: 3947 Gulf Shores Parkway, #240.

St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church: 220 East 20th Ave.

St. Jude’s by the Sea Lutheran Church: 312 East 16th Ave.

Unity Church Gulf Shores & Orange Beach: 807 Gulf Shores Pkwy.

Fort Morgan Churches

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church: 616 West Fort Morgan Road.

St. Andrew by the Sea: 17263 Fort Morgan Road.

Lagoon Baptist Church: 17867 Fort Morgan Road.

Shell Banks Baptist Church: 12125 Fort Morgan Road.

Orange Beach Churches

Orange Beach United Methodist Church: 28751 Canal Road.

Christian Life - The Island Church: 25550 Canal Road.

Orange Beach Presbyterian Church: 26640 Canal Road.

Oasis Church at The Wharf: 4700 Main Street, N201.

St. Thomas-by-the-Sea Catholic Church: 26547 Perdido Beach Blvd.

Orange Beach United Methodist Church: 28751 Canal Road.

Romar Beach Baptist Church: 23370 Perdido Beach Blvd.

Perdido Key Churches

Point Baptist Church: 13801 Innerarity Point Road.

Perdido Bay United Methodist Church: 13660 Innerarity Point Road.

Flora-Bama Church: 17401 Perdido Key Dr.

An Orange Beach or Perdido Key vacation rental is a perfect headquarters for your family’s Sunday activities, regardless of whether they include church services.