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Expansion at St Martin's

Expansion at St Martin's

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St. Martin’s Church in Houston, the largest congregation of the Episcopal Church, at 8,600 members, dedicated two new facilities Dec. 2.

St. Martin’s Church in Houston, the largest congregation of the Episcopal Church, at 8,600 members, dedicated two new facilities Dec. 2.

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THE LIVING CHURCH • December 23, 2012
Mission-shaped Architecture
By Ken Chitwood
T
he neo-gothic architecture of St.Martin’s Church stands in con-trast to the office towers and multi-million-dollar homes in the GreatUptown neighborhood of Houston.This largest congregation of theEpiscopal Church, at 8,600 mem-bers, dedicated two new facilitiesDecember 2, welcoming the MostRev. George L. Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, and actor Sam Waterston. They read the les-sons at a Festival of Lessons andCarols that preceded the dedication.The project broke ground in April2011 and building began a year later.The Island and Scout Center,which will serve youth groupswithin the parish and in the broader city, are dedicated to longtime mem-bers President George H.W. Bushand First Lady Barbara Bush. The parishsyouthministryattractsmorethan 300 members. The Scout Cen-ter will be used by the parish’s owntroop and by Yellowstone AcademyBoy Scout Troop, a program for at-risk boys.The Hope and Healing Centeincludes meeting space for 22 sup- port groups, a 100-plus seat audito-rium and an outdoor meditation andreflection garden. The center willoffer professional help on parent-ing, adolescent struggles, family sys-tems, marriage and divorce coun-seling, mental health, illness, deathand grief, dementia and advancedcaregiving.The buildings, which comprise18,000 square feet, are the culmina-tion of the congregation’s $25 mil-lion Building for Life campaign,which celebrated the parish’s 60 years in ministry.The Rev. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.,rector, said he hopes the new build-ings “will open up new opportuni-

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