Every journey begins with a first step, and we’re here to help you find your footing and keep moving on the path God has for you.

What was Chapelwood’s first step?


In late 1948, a small group of thirteen people felt God’s nudge in their lives, gathered in a home, and in January of 1949 held the first Sunday service of what would become Chapelwood. Since then, God has grown “the little chapel in the woods” into a beautifully unique, faithful, and active family of six worship communities serving Jesus every day inside and outside the walls of our Houston campuses and impacting lives around the world. But it all began with a few people who heard God and took the first step towards something new and powerful.

I thought Chapelwood was a large church in Memorial. What are the “six worship communities?”

Yes, we’re a large church congregation – over 7,000 members – but we feel more like a small church because over the years we’ve learned to do things a little differently. Today, Chapelwood is a family of six worship communities in three different locations in Houston, and none are exactly alike. We’re all Chapelwood, but like with any family, each community is quite different, with different pastors, worship styles, ways of learning and growing together, and ways of going out where God leads us to do His work in the world. It all started with Chapelwood, and Chapelwood continues to be the largest worship community of the six. Chapelwood, The Center for Christian Spirituality, and Mercy Street meet on Greenbay Street, Fair Haven and Iglesia Generaciones meet on Gessner Road, and Upper Room Heights meets on 19th Street in the Heights.

With so many parts, what keeps Chapelwood…Chapelwood?

We are Christians first, committed to following Jesus through a personal relationship with Him, to studying the Bible, to knowing and growing with each other, and to telling others about the transforming power of God’s love in our lives. At Chapelwood, we work to do that by embodying God’s grace as we receive it to those who need it, and we believe everybody needs it!

Embodying God’s grace means doing God’s work in the world. It’s reflecting Christ in the way we speak, teach, and live. It’s sharing God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, acceptance, and healing with everyone. It’s living into the awesome job of being God’s hands and feet doing His work in the world.

That means what we do, what we say, how we show love, how we get involved in Spring Branch, in schools, with our neighbors, at the conference table, and around the world really matters. It’s all a part of how we become who God calls us to be – better neighbors, spouses, parents, kids, co-workers, and friends sharing His grace with the world wherever we are.

How do I check out a service online?

You can watch a service live as it happens in the Sanctuary every Sunday morning at live.chapelwood.org starting with our 8:25 a.m. Blended Worship Service. This live stream option continues for the 9:45 a.m. Contemporary Service and for the 11:10 a.m. Traditional Service. The 8:45 a.m. Contemplative Service in the Chapel can be watched live here. Oikon and Student worship services aren’t broadcast or recorded, but they’d love to see you on campus soon!

We also archive all recorded services and major concerts on our website for viewing anytime, anywhere by visiting here

You can listen and subscribe to the Chapelwood Sanctuary Podcast, too!

Our video archive is a great resource available any day, any time. Every Sunday our online viewing community of about 400 participates in worship with us from wherever they are, and we know that wherever we are, whenever we choose to spend time with God, He’s there!

What are Chapelwood’s Sunday service times?

Where do I park and where do I go for Sanctuary services?

For the three Sanctuary services, the closest parking is in Lot C. Enter through Door 2 by the fountains if you’d like to visit the Welcome Desk down the hall for a gift and ask any questions before worship. If you’d rather head straight to worship, enter through the Sanctuary doors, marked Door 1, where you’ll enter the Narthex (a churchy word for lobby) and be greeted by Ushers with printed bulletins.

Have children with you? Wonderful! Being together as a family to celebrate God’s love could be the highlight of your week. Pick up a Chapelwood Children clipboard in the Narthex with weekly paper activities for kids to enjoy in the Sanctuary. Know that all children are welcome in church for every service every Sunday and we hope they’ll want to return with you! (Please also return those clipboards to the baskets in the Narthex after worship so they can be restocked for you for next time!)

Where do I go for the Contemplative service, Student worship or Oikon?

For Contemplative worship in the Chapel, the closest parking is Lot A by Anchor House. Enter Door 10 through the Youth Building and follow signs around to the Chapel. You can pick up a printed worship guide and worship supplement just outside the Chapel doors before you enter, preparing for a time of quiet and reflective worship.

For Student worship in the Upper Room, created specifically for students in 7th through 12th grades and their families, the closest parking is Lot A. Enter Door 10 of the Youth Building and proceed up the stairs or via elevators in the lobby. Expect a high-energy, high-acceptance style of praise and worship.

Oikon Chapelwood is the newest addition to the Chapelwood family, a community made up of house churches gathering all across the Houston area every week. On Sunday mornings, the house churches gather in the Fellowship Hall to worship and celebrate communion. Just like when house churches meet in homes and at their favorite restaurants during the week, you’ll see children and adults mingling together, enjoying snacks together, moving as they feel called to do, and all ages being a part of all aspects of dynamic worship. To find Oikon in the Fellowship Hall, many people park in Lot B in the back by Claymore Road and enter Door 7 by the Bookstore or park in Lot C by the Sanctuary and enter by the Fountain Hallway.

Where can I find a campus map?

What can my children do on Sunday morning?

They’re always welcome to worship with you, but there are also lots of options for kids wanting spend time with other kids their age learning about God’s love and having fun together. Children from nursery (3 months old) through elementary age can experience the fun of learning about Jesus through stories, music, games, and crafts, surrounded by kids their age and cared for by Chapelwood members who are background-checked and trained for the calling. Sundays for Children

Students in middle and high school can hang out in small groups and have a great time in Student Worship. Sundays for Students

What should I wear on a Sunday morning?

You’ll see women in a mix of dresses, skirts, and pants. Some men wear suits, particularly to the 11:10 a.m. Traditional Worship Service, but many skip the tie and jacket and you’ll see some jeans as well. Kids wear dresses, pants, and shorts, some will be in PJ’s on kiddos on special Chapelwood Children mornings, and you may even see a dress up costume. Some days, only a train engineer uniform will do. God understands.

How does communion work at Chapelwood?

Holy Communion is part of Sanctuary worship services every first Sunday of the month, and every Sunday in the Contemplative service in the Chapel and Oikon worship in the Fellowship Hall.
We believe God’s table is open to everyone – children, visitors, seekers with questions – everyone. So you are invited, but not required, to participate. All you need is a desire to draw closer to Christ.

If you’d like to participate, proceed to the front with other communion takers in your pew or row. You’ll be offered the Elements – a wafer representing the body of Christ broken for us, and you may dip it in the cup, representing the blood of Christ shed for the forgiveness of our sins. After receiving the Elements, you may return to your pew or you’re invited to kneel at the alter in prayer in the Sanctuary or Chapel. If you’d like to have a pastor pray for you as you kneel, simply place your hands out, palms up. You don’t have to say anything. God hears. A pastor will spend a few moments praying as you kneel, and then you can stay at the altar as long as you need. If you choose not to participate in Holy Communion, simply remain seated in your pew or row.

I’m interested, but I have questions about the Christian faith. Is that OK?

We think questions are more than just OK. They’re key to understanding who God is, why we’re here, and how we’re called to act. Questions are how we find answers. Ask pastors questions. Ask people in the pew questions. Ask staff questions. Ask new friends questions, because we’re all on a journey of learning more.

If you think a more structured way to ask questions would be helpful to you, consider taking an Alpha course, an eight-week course at Chapelwood that’s perfect for asking big questions, hearing different points of view, and finding answers together. Plus, there’s dinner! Alpha Course

I need to find a safe space and support. Is there someone who can help?

At Chapelwood, we worship, learn, serve, grieve, celebrate, and follow Jesus in community. We listen, we pray, we provide resources and referrals, and we care for one another. We want to be part of the good God has in store for you. You can learn more about how here.