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Church

Church in the Pines & Children’s Chapel

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. CST

Casual attire

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.

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. CST

Casual attire

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.

2021 August Guest Singers

  • August 1 – Catherine Smith
  • August 8 – Lisa McCain
  • August 15 – Gabe Hankins
  • August 22 – Harlan Burton
  • August 29 – Dr. Michael O’Brien

Ways to give

When you choose to tithe at Church in the Pines or Children’s Chapel, you can choose to:

  • Memorial and Honor cards- With a donation of at least $10 a card we will notify a family or person that a donation was given in their honor or in memory of their loved one. No mention of the amount is made.
  • The “text to give” service is no longer available. Please make online donations here.

Follow @childrensharbor and request to join the “Church in the Pines and Children’s Chapel” private group to stay in the loop.

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