BEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Bear Valley Community Church located in Colleyville, Texas, is a 300 seat seeker church designed to give its visitors (the un-churched) a "safe place" to seek God. The building is master planned on a ten acre site to grow into a 1,000 seat sanctuary. To structure this growth, a large public square is planned in which this building, Phase One, will anchor the north side. The geometric elements that structure the plan are the square, the triangle and the circle. The educational classrooms are designed in the triangular portion while the sanctuary and offices are in the circular portion. These two forms are joined together in a partial square that allows the entrance and lobby to open up from the inside to the outside. There are no hidden corners where new visitors could be made to feel closed in or uncomfortable. As automobiles pass along the street, the angular wall of the educational wing directs views inside the lobby area and on into the sanctuary. All interior public spaces can be seen from the outside of the building.
The mural that hangs in the lobby (below) not only recalls the geometric shapes that inform the building plan and design, but it also represents Bear Valleyís purpose: the triangle - the triune God; the circle - the community; and the square - the biblical symbol for earth. Bear Valley is a place where the community and God can come into relationship. This mural symbolizes how carefully and compassionately the ministry has developed. The three geometric symbols give structure to the rich sampling of artwork. Godís desire is expressed by the Sistine chapel portrait of God reaching from heaven to man (the triangle). Hidden in the background of the community of man (the circle) are symbols representing four secular thinkers who have shaped todayís mindset: Darwin, Freud, Marx, and Einstein. These symbols are gathered around Picassoís painting, "The Tragedy." While this section of the artwork represents the tragic shape of our highly secularized culture today, there is a well meaning attempt to reach back to the spiritual. Monetís "The Cathedral" and Einsteinís formula of relativity seem to try to reach back toward God, but fall short. The solution of the tragic reality of the world and the solution found in Christ comes from the Bible. That is why the entire piece is overlaid on scriptural passages. The Greek passage (left) is chapter one of the Gospel of John which describes God becoming The Word, which is Christ. The Hebrew passage (right) is the last part of chapter 33 of Exodus (the cleft of the rock) which describes God using extraordinary means to come into personal contact with Moses. Our office designed and produced this mural with the Dr. Sam Carmack, the pastor of Bear Valley Community Church.
Updated November 2015