Throughout history, the church has planted gardens, perhaps because it is in a garden that one feels closest to God. There are many references to gardens in the scriptures. Adam and Eve were placed by God in the Garden of Eden. Jesus spent the last night of his life here on earth in the Garden of Gethsemane, and it was in a garden tomb that Jesus’ body was laid to rest.
The seed for this garden was first planted in 2000, and our Church Garden was dedicated in 2003, with the first cremains placed in 2003.
The Lower Garden is our cremains area. No markers will be placed in the Garden. The name, birth, and death dates of each person interred in the Garden are inscribed on a brass plaque mounted on the interior wall just inside the west portico entrance. A permanent memory book containing additional information about the deceased will be kept in our library, along with the book of gifts to the Garden fund.
Cremains will be interred in biodegradable containers only. Scattering is also permitted, as well as burying ashes without a container. Application for interment is made through the church office. Guidelines and more information about cremains interment can be obtained here or through the church office.
Funding for the Garden is provided through donations, often in honor of or in memory of loved ones. Those gifts are recorded in a Garden Gifts Book and will be kept on display in the church library. There is no set fee for interment because this is a part of our ministry. However, members are invited to give memorial donations to cover the cost of interment and maintenance of the Garden.
We invite you to spend time in the Garden and witness how God changes a garden’s beauty through the four seasons. It is our sincere hope that your visits here will bring peace to your soul and encouragement to your heart.
The Garden is located on the west side of the church building and is divided into an Upper Garden and a Lower Garden. The Upper Garden is designed as an outdoor room for meetings, receptions, small weddings, and other social occasions. It is also a beautiful place for reflection and meditation.
Walk down the cobblestone walk and through the archway and you will find yourself in the Lower Garden. This peaceful area of the Garden offers our members and their immediate families a final resting place for those who choose cremation as a burial option. The beautiful statue of Christ, the picket fence, the benches, the young oak tree, and the well-landscaped gardens are designed to welcome all who come to remember loved ones, to meditate, and to pray.
Deposit your stress at the gate and enter into God’s peace.
This peaceful area of the Garden offers our members and their immediate families a final resting place for those who choose cremation as a burial option. The beautiful statue of Christ, the picket fence, the benches, the young oak tree, and the well-landscaped gardens are designed to welcome all who come to remember loved ones, to meditate, and to pray.