St. Martin's Gets a New Look

St. Martin's Gets a New Look

article by Janet Lane, photos by Gail Gong of St. Martin's, Davis

Following a groundbreaking and blessing of the tools on May 1, construction began in mid-May at The Episcopal Church of St. Martin in Davis. A 500-square-foot narthex and shade structure will give a new look to the front of the main church building. The interior of the church sanctuary will also be renovated. More energy efficient windows will be added, as well as new roofing, paint, carpeting, lighting and a sound system. While construction is taking place, churchgoers are worshiping in the parish hall, where they originally worshipped from 1963 – 1967, while the main church building was first being built.

One notable feature of the new construction will be a baptismal pool located in the narthex. The Rev. Mark Allen, Rector of St. Martin’s, explains that the baptismal pool will allow the architecture to reflect our theology of baptism. According to Father Mark, baptism by immersion is the most ancient form of baptism and was most likely used in the church until the Middle Ages. It was recovered in the Catholic wing of the church as part of the liturgical renewal movement in the 1950s and '60s. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer states in its instructions about baptism: “Each candidate is presented by name to the Celebrant, or to an assisting priest or deacon, who then immerses, or pours water upon the candidate…” (BCP page 307). All the language of the prayer said over the water in the baptismal rite implies the generous use of water in baptism (see BCP page 306). St. Martin’s baptismal pool will have a simple and natural design and be made of concrete and unpolished granite.

The parish hall and adjoining kitchen are also being remodeled and upgraded in order to provide additional space, as well as making the existing space more functional, energy-efficient, and pleasant. This building is essential to St. Martin’s outreach efforts and is where Davis Community Meals offers three meals each week to the community. The meals and other community activities that take place in this building, such as 12-step and Scout meetings, will all be able to continue during construction.

“We are fortunate to be working with a general contractor that understands the importance of our outreach efforts and is working with us to make sure the community groups that rely on our facilities can still use them during construction,” says Father Mark.

One of the classroom buildings is also being remodeled to provide better classroom and meeting space and to add a music classroom, which will be named after former St. Martin’s music director, Dona Brandon. Architect Eric Doud of Spirit Designs in Winters designed the additions and remodeled areas. Monley Cronin, Inc. of Woodland is the general contractor. To fund the work, St. Martin’s held a capital campaign last year and was able to raise the money needed via donations and pledges from church members. Construction is expected to be completed before the end of September.

For more information, please visit our website: To see photos documenting the construction process, click here to visit The Episcopal Church of St. Martin on Facebook.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Eric Duff wrote:
Look forward to seeing the end product. Congratulations, St. Martin's - I remember when!

Tue, July 5, 2011 @ 6:12 PM

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