A member of the Board of Directors for the Chapel in the Pines Committee said a temporary home was found and summer services will begin Sunday.
Rick White of Birmingham, who is a member of the Chapel in the Pines Committee, said services will begin Sunday at the Kiwanis Amphitheater at Lakeside Park.
This is the first ever Chapel in the Pines Sunday service held at Lakeside Park. For the past 50 years, summer Sunday services were held at the sanctuary in the Pine Harbor community, adjacent to the Pine Harbor Golf & Racquet Club.
White said people may still come to the Chapel in the Pines services by boat or car.
He said the amphitheater is only about 100 yards away from where people can dock their boats.
White said Pell City Parks and Recreation Department personnel are moving more bleachers to the amphitheater to accommodate the crowd Sunday.
“It will be held at the amphitheater, unless it rains,” he said. “If it rains it will be held at the last, big (No. 2) pavilion.”
Dr. Michael Barber, superintendent of Pell City schools and minister at Mt. Zion Freewill Baptist Church, is the guest speaker at Sunday’s service. The service begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at about 9. Dress is casual.
White said police will direct traffic so people can get in and out of the park with no problems.
“We are looking for a good turnout,” he said. “I really wouldn’t be surprised if we had 250 people.”
White said people can also bring their lawn chairs, which might be more comfortable.
“We are so thankful for the city,” he said. “This is only a temporary site.”
He said there are plans to build a permanent chapel inside Lakeside Park, which will include a large stage and permanent seating for the public.
“I hope we could start building within three or four weeks,” White said. “We hope to have it completed in 2-3 months once the work on it begins.”
The new permanent chapel is open to the public for other things when it is not in use for early Sunday services during the summer months.
White said Chapel in the Pines is a non-denominationl service, which begins Sunday and will continue through the end of September. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all services free of charge.
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