HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – It's Ash Wednesday, the day Lenten Season officially begins.
The pre-Lenten holiday Mardi Gras comes with its own traditions, including King Cake, pancakes, parades and dancing.
Ash Wednesday, observed this year on March 5, begins the season of Lent where many Christians fast and focus on the reason for the Easter season.
By examining over 21,000 tweets, Christianitytoday.com reports some of the top sacrifices this year include chocolate, alcohol, social media, swearing, sweets, soda and coffee.
A number of Twitter users also mentioned they would like to hit the pause button on their Netflix and Flappy Bird addictions.
Lenten Services in the Grand Strand
So whether you're giving up sweets and treats or some other vice, we've gathered a list of area churches and worship centers offering Ash Wednesday Services to begin the Lenten Season.
If your church has planned special services Wednesday that are not on the list below, let us know by emailing us.
First United Methodist Church, Conway
- Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary
St. Michael's Catholic Church, Garden City
- Ash Wednesday Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- Ash Wednesday Service will be held at 7 p.m.
Saint Mary Our Lady of Ransom, Georgetown
- Ash Wednesday Masses at 12 noon and 6:30 p.m.
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Myrtle Beach
- Ash Wednesday dinner and devotion
- Ash Wednesday Service at 6:45 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach
- Ash Wednesday Service at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary
- Children's service at 10 a.m.
Celebration Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach
- Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary
- Christ United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach
- Ash Wednesday Service at 6 to 7 p.m. in the sanctuary
First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach
- Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m. in Kings Hwy Campus sanctuary
Christ Church, Murrells Inlet
- style="text-align: left;">Ash Wednesday Service at 5:30 p.m.
Holy Lamb Lutheran Church, 2541 Forestbrook Rd., Myrtle Beach
Lenten Services in the Pee Dee
Saint Matthews Church, Darlington
- Penitential Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 12 p.m.
- Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Imposition of Ashes and Hymns at 6 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church, Florence
- Lenten Luncheon at 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Ash Wednesday service at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Florence
- Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m.
Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Florence
- Matins followed by Imposition of Ashes at 7 a.m.
- Service of Holy Communion followed by Imposition of Ashes at 12:15 p.m.
- Covered Dish Supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
- Lenten Service with Imposition of Ashes at 7 p.m.
- Ash Wednesday service with Imposition of Ashes at 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville
- Ash Wednesday service at 6:20 to 7 p.m. inside the sanctuary
- Ash Wednesday Supper in Memorial Fellow Ship Hall at 5:45 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Bennettsville
- Ash Wednesday service at 12 p.m.