Welcome to Pine Street Presbyterian Church! We are a diverse and dynamic community of believers who are dedicated to worshiping God, increasing our faith through Christian education, and serving one another and our community. Pine Street Presbyterian is deeply rooted in the traditions of our faith, while growing and evolving to meet the needs of our members and our community. We offer educational programs for all ages, a variety of service opportunities and programs and ministries for many interests – musicians, knitters, readers, walkers and more! There’s something for everyone at Pine Street Presbyterian. We would love to worship with you this Sunday! If you have questions about our church before you come, please feel free to call us at (717) 238-9304 or e-mail us.
Dr. Russell Sullivan
Dr. Russell C. Sullivan, Jr.

Pastor

Dr. Russell C. Sullivan, Jr. came to Pine Street in 2005. His pastoral responsibilities include preaching, providing pastoral care, moderating the Session, supervising and mentoring staff, and helping the church discern God’s vision for its future and ministry. He also enjoys teaching and has a special interest in adult education and faith formation.

Russell loves the people of Pine Street, saying “they embody the love and kindness of Christ and trust my leadership. I also love the openness of our people to learn and to grow. It is a joy to serve them.”

His favorite scripture is in Genesis 32, where Jacob wrestles with an angel and will not let go until God blesses him. Having faith in God can be a struggle, but Russell believes that the struggle to have faith and to know God more deeply is worthwhile, and that if we hold on to God, God will answer the deep longings of our hearts.

Prior to coming to Pine Street, Russell held pastoral positions in South Carolina, Illinois and Hartsville, Pa. He received a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from The College of Charleston.

Russell believes “Pine Street is a unique Presbyterian Church in that it celebrates weekly the Lord’s Supper. We encounter Christ in Word and Sacrament, and I do believe that this encounter forms us into the kind of community the world needs, a community that transcends ideology and partisanship to be the people of God for the world God loves.”

Russell is an avid reader and loves international cuisine. He enjoys traveling to new places and meeting people from other cultures. His college-aged children help keep him young at heart! Russell and his wife Myriam live in Mechanicsburg.



Welcome to Pine Street Presbyterian Church!

Here you will find a warm, compassionate, and inclusive congregation engaged in a dynamic ministry to our city and world. Here your questions are honored and you will be encouraged to think and feel throughout your journey of faith. In our beautiful sanctuary you will experience worship that is traditional, dignified, and inspiring. Whether you are a member or a visitor, we hope to see you in church this Sunday!

FAQs

What door should I enter?
On Sunday mornings all the doors to the church are open. The doors on South Street will take you to the Gathering Place, an area to greet your friends and grab a cup of coffee. The doors on Pine Street will take you into the Narthex and hallway at back of the church. The handicapped ramp on Third Street will take you into the sanctuary. During the week, you should enter the door at the corner of Third and South Streets. The church office will be to your left.

What should I wear?
There is no dress code. Some people dress up, some come in casual clothes, some wear jeans. You will be comfortable whatever you are wearing.

Is the church handicapped accessible?
Yes, there is a handicapped ramp along Third Street that takes you into the sanctuary. Other floors are accessible by an elevator. First floor bathrooms have handicapped stalls.

Worship

How long is the service?
The 8:30 a.m. service generally runs about one hour. The 11:00 a.m. service, about an hour and 15 minutes.

What is your worship service like?
Our 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning service is a traditional, liturgical service. The 8:30 a.m. service is less formal, with a more ecumenical feel. Communion is served at both services.

What's with the bread?
Loaves of home-baked bread are given to visitors after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services. You will see members of our Bread Ministry team stationed at the doors in the front and rear of the sanctuary. Please accept this gift as a reminder of the One who is "The Bread of Life."

Children

Is there a nursery?
Yes nursery care is available for infants through age 2. Our nursery is a safe and secure environment, staffed by a professional child care worker. A deacon will be happy to show you to the nursery.

Are children welcome in worship?
Yes! We value the presence of children in worship and they may stay in the pew with their parents. In addition, children ages 3–Kindergarten are welcome to leave after the children’s sermon for a continuation of worship called the Wonder of Worship or WOW. Children return to the sanctuary in time for communion.

Can children take communion?
Yes, baptized children who are being nurtured to understand the meaning of coming to the Table are welcome to participate.

Communion

How do you take communion?
At the 8:30 a.m. service, ushers direct people, row by row, to go forward and take communion at the front of the sanctuary. At the 11:00 a.m. service, ushers pass the communion to individuals in the pews, who partake as it is passed to them.

What if I can’t walk forward for communion?
Stay seated and a deacon will bring it to you in your pew.

Do I have to take communion?
All who are baptized are welcome to the Lord’s Table, but you are welcome to not participate.

Membership

How do I become a member?
New Members classes are held regularly, providing those seeking membership an opportunity to learn more about their faith and about the church. For further information about membership, contact the church office or speak to one of the pastors after morning worship.
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Service Times & Directions

Word and Sacrament

8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Sunday School for Children and Adults

9:40 a.m.

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Pine Street Church

310 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 238-9304 (717) 232-9341 fax