The Chapel at Cypress Creek Christian Church was built as a prayer chapel. It is our desire for it to remain available to the public for that purpose. Any other type of service held in the Chapel must go through the Chapel Coordinator with the exception of a brief last-minute wedding. These weddings may be done with permission from the church office. All weddings must follow the guidelines outlined in Wedding Policies for services.
Hours 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (the same hours that other buildings are open and building staff is on premises).
Maximum seating – 30
When members of Cypress Creek Christian Church felt there was a need for a prayer chapel on campus, they looked to the Bible for guidance. In I Chronicles 22: 15,16, it is written, “You have many workmen: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as men skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you.”
In looking at the membership of Cypress Creek Christian Church, it was realized that there were “craftsmen (and women) beyond number.” Enlisting the talents of a licensed architect, a professional carpenter, a licensed electrician, licensed air conditioning/heating installers, and others with exceptional talents, a prayer chapel was created. Each Saturday for 54 weeks, devoted crews of volunteer workers appeared to lend their expertise to the project, and individuals and groups in the church brought lunches for the volunteers. All of the work, with the exception of the foundation, roof and stucco exterior, was done by the volunteers.
Individuals and groups honored loved ones and friends, living and dead, or as ‘friends of the chapel,’ by contributing to the costs of the materials for the building. Members of the congregation wrote blessings and prayers on the inside walls of the chapel, before the sheet rock was installed, so that people will know they are always surrounded by these thoughts. Outside, a meditation garden was constructed by a Sunday School class and other volunteers.
In one of those special unexpected moments, the roofers put on the underlayment with a message. Hidden under the chapel roof in large letters are the words GRACE, the name of the manufacturer. However, to all who worked and contributed toward the completion of the chapel, they need no reminder that the project is indeed covered in ‘grace.’
Inspiration from the past.
The inspiration for the design of the Chapel at Cypress Creek came from the 19th century study built by Alexander Campbell for his personal use. Alexander Campbell was the leading influence in the formation of America’s largest indigenous religious movement, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as the denomination is known today. He founded Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia and lived near the campus. He was a figure of uncommon prominence in his own day; an educational pioneer, a renowned debater, political reformer and philosopher, prolific author and publisher, successful businessman, and agricultural leader.