Belin United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet adding renovations, new organ

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Updated Thursday, February 6, 2014 5:09 am

Anita Crone/For Inlet Outlook Belin Memorial United Methodist Church is undergoing renovations. Above, workers check the chancel area where a new state-of-the-art organ will be installed.

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The day the music stopped was also the day that Belin Memorial United Methodist Church got down to business. The church’s 27-year-old organ gave up the ghost right after Thanksgiving, which may have been a blessing in disguise.

It gave the church not only the opportunity to replace it with a more modern instrument, but to make way for the new organ, some renovations to the sanctuary that had also been on the back burner with the new organ, moved to the front.

The church’s 1992 windows are being replaced with 2014 versions – more energy efficient, while at the same time new hardwood flooring is being set on the chancel.

The approximately $200,000 renovation will bring better acoustics for the church and choir, said Jim Sellers, director of music.

But it’s the organ that has him most excited. “The technology has allowed us to customize it for our building,” he said.

The instrument was bought from the Allen Organ Co., the prime maker of church and theater organs in the nation. Belin’s organ, which is scheduled to arrive on Feb. 15 — trucked down by the company’s installers.

Installation is planned to begin right after services on Feb. 16.

The organ is a three-manual model, which means that there are three keyboards.

The work is expected to be complete by Feb. 23 and the congregation will move back from the Family Life Center, where worship has been held since work began in the main sanctuary.

The church has been preparing for the work for at least two years, “selling” parts of the organ to the willing members and community. People could purchase stops, keys and pedals – an effort to help defray the cost of the organ.

Plans are to dedicate the new instrument with special music at the end of February.

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