Church in the Pines & Children’s Chapel
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. CST
Church services will take place at Church in the Pines during warmer months and Children’s Chapel during cooler months.
*During the summer months, there is an area for boats to pull up to join the service.
Meet Our Chaplain, Mike Densmore!
Meet Our Chaplain, Mike Densmore!
Our Chaplain is Mike Densmore, a retired Methodist pastor with over 40 years in pastoral ministry. Mike is available for pastoral care in our Chapel and Church in the Pines community and for chaplain services with our Camp partners as needed. May we all be in faithful prayer for the healing ministries of Children’s Harbor.
2023 Upcoming Guest Speakers/Singers
September 3 – Mickey Morgan
September 10 – Mark Jackson
September 17 – Larry Little
September 24 – Mike Holley
October 1 – Mike Densmore
October 8 – John Hill
October 15 – James Troglen
October 22 – Jay Woodall
October 29 – Josh Simmons
November 5 – Mike Densmore
November 12 – Ron Schultz
November 19 – Wayne Cowhick
November 26 – James Cullens
December 3 – Mike Densmore
December 10 – Tim Lawrence
December 17 – Reid Crotty
December 24 (Christmas Eve Celebration @ 5:30 P.M.) – Mike Densmore
December 31- Mike Densmore
September 3 – Shades Mountain Quartet
- Cas McWaters
- Deb McWaters
- Sarah Norris
September 10 – Laurie Birnell
September 17 – Baylie Payne
September 24 – Abe and Eli McGhee
- Abe McGhee
- Eli McGhee
October 1 – Tanya Prickett Guess
October 8 – Mack Daugherty
October 15 – Timmy Anderson
October 22 – Lisa NcCain
October 29 – Alicia Holena
*Guest speakers and singers are subject to change upon availability.
Ways to give
When you choose to tithe at Church in the Pines or Children’s Chapel, you can:
- Give via check or cash during services on Sunday.
- Give online anytime, and select “Children’s Chapel/Church in the Pines” for the gift purpose.
- Give with automatic monthly recurring gifts and under “Recurring Gift”, select “Make this a monthly gift.”
- Give via Venmo @ChildrensHarbor or scan the QR code below:
Unfortunately, the “text to give” service is no longer available.
You can also support Children’s Harbor through tribute gifts! With a donation of $10 or more, we will send a card to a person you designate honoring a special occasion, honoring a special person, or in memory of their loved one. No mention of the gift amount is made. To get started, click here and check the box to “Make this gift a tribute”.
Contact info: 334-857-2133
Church in the Pines & Children’s Chapel History
Our little Church in the Pines began in 1953, under a small, pine straw covered arbor, on the shoreline (750 mi) of a yet undiscovered and rather new Lake Martin in Alexander City, AL. Julia Russell organized and convened the first service with the help of the reverend Duncan Hunter. Church in the Pines became, pretty much, a certainty; a guarantee, none-the-less, of remaining “down at the lake” all day on Sunday. The services, with time, took on a non-denominational and ever more sophisticated format. The most unique aspect of this little church was, however, the fact that many of the congregation arrived in a rather motley collection of boats.
In the early days the property was owned by “Russell Mills” and in 1956 they constructed a large, open, a-frame building to replace the pine straw covered arbor that was the original. In the mid-70’s Russell Lands, Inc. took over responsibility for the property. The church was then renovated, and permanent benches were installed. In 1987 Mrs. Julia asked Mrs. Luanne Russell to begin coordinating the services – which she did for many years thereafter and continues, to this day, to advise management in regard thereto.
In 1963, friends of the Dunn family contributed the altar structure as a memorial to William Ransom Johnson Dunn, III – and to “all who love the lake.” Russell Lands donated the entire property to Children’s Harbor Inc., in 1989; subsequently, same was dedicated to the memory of Adelia McConnell Russell. In 1990, Children’s Harbor Inc., put on the mantle of responsibility, now providing year-round services, either in the Church in the Pines or in the Children’s Chapel.
Church in the Pines is one of the most unique worship services in this country and it is deeply embedded in the hearts of hundreds (for over 65 years now) and reverently remembered by thousands. Innumerable couples have been married in the two facilities, as well.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this ministry of Children’s Harbor,
— Ben Russell