The Wayside Chapel
The Wayside Chapel was envisioned by the Rev. Tom Bagby, founding Rector of St. Martin’s, to provide a place where anyone could go to pray in those moments of dark despair or of special happiness when they wanted to “be with God” to share their joy, or their pain. With donations from scores of parishioners, the project was fully paid for, including a trust fund to insure that it would never be a financial burden to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. The dedication of the Chapel was the principal commemoration of St. Martin’s 25th Anniversary celebration, and Dr. Bagby’s dream came true on that special occasion – September 1, 1977. Anyone may come, at any time. The building cannot be locked – nor can it be reserved – for any occasion.
The Serenity Garden
The Serenity Garden provides a tranquil setting for prayer and reflection away from a stressful world. The meandering path is lines with varied plants and the calming sound of water flows from the fountain inscribed with the timeless Serenity Prayer. The most Rev. and Rt. Honorable Dr. George L. Carey, 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated at the blessing and dedication of the Garden, which is located just south of The Hope and Healing Center. The Garden was given to the Glory of God and in memory of Evelyn “Nan” Luckett Williams.
The Cloister Garden
The Cloister Garden was inspired by the cathedral ground plans of the Middle Ages, where a garth or courtyard, open to the sky, was enclosed by the walls of the church and covered arcaded walkways of the cathedral’s monastic residential buildings. The quadrangle was designed as a place where monks could ambulate, pray and meditate while enjoying fresh air without leaving the monastery. The plan of the garden is typically medieval. A fountain is set at the center of crossed paths that divide the garden into quadrants, each with a grass lawn and boxwood parterres or divided ornamental flower beds. The arcade of pointed gothic arches continues the medieval spirit of the church. This garden is adjacent to The Church and Bagby Parish Hall, and is a frequent gathering place for prayer and fellowship.
Our wonderful Library is located between The Church and Bagby Parish Hall, and is connected to both the Welcome Center and Bookstore & Gift Shoppe. A variety of books are available, including devotionals, fiction, non-fiction, large print, reference, mysteries, theology, biographies, commentaries, best-sellers, Bibles and more. Books may be checked out during library hours. For more information, call 713-830-4118.
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.