A few who attend are members of the church who camp or live at the lake, but most who come to Chapel Under the Pines are nonmembers, said organizer Curt Strickland.
Several pull up in a boat to listen to ministers from across the area preach from a dock. Others sit on benches or in lawn chairs in the shade.
“Some of them have been coming for like 40 years or so,” he said.
The services are nondenominational and very informal. Some attend in bathing suits, and dogs are even welcome.
The chapel services were started in 1964 under the Rev. James Segars, who loved to fish. Like typical church services, the lake services include an organ and hymnals, and offering baskets are passed to boaters on long poles. Afterward, people linger over coffee and doughnuts and have the opportunity to meet the ministers.
In inclement weather, services are moved to a nearby lodge.
“It starts at 8:45 a.m., and you can still make it back to Augusta for the 11 o’clock service,” Strickland said.