The Wayside Chapel and Great Cross
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 Great Cross next to the Wayside Chapel was carved from a single slab of Texas red granite. It is 11 feet high and weighs about 13,000 pounds. At the time the cross was installed it was the second largest granite monument ever quarried at Marble Falls.
The Serenity Garden
The Serenity Garden provides a tranquil setting for prayer and reflection away from a stressful world. The meandering path is lined with varied plants and the calming sound of water flows from the fountain inscribed with the timeless Serenity Prayer. The Garden, which is located just south of The Hope and Healing Center, 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.
Fountains on Campus
This fountain is dedicated to the memory of Alfred H. Ebert by Catherine F. Ebert, and by Mr. and Mrs. William T. Miller. The copper spire, which was removed from Founders’ Hall, matches the spire on the Old Church.
This fountain was given to the glory of God in memory of Lewis Whitford Matteson by Lillian Matteson in 1968. It is not only beautiful, but also relaxing for those who stand or sit nearby.
The delicate splashing of five small spouts in the Christus fountain brings a welcome respite from life’s harried pace. This fountain sits below the Christus statue, an eight-foot sculpture of a Christ figure with no arms or legs, which symbolizes that we are all the arms and legs of Christ.
The Library and Welcome Center
The Welcome Center and Library share a space located just outside the Cloister Garden between The Church and Bagby Parish Hall. The Welcome Center functions as both a meeting space for classes and Bible Studies, as well as an information center. Our Library is home to a wonderful collection of books available for check-out or quiet study during Library hours. Our Library volunteers come each Wednesday to manage and care for the books. Come by and “check it out!” For more information, call 713-830-4118.
Sunday Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.