A place of eternal rest for the cremated remains of our members and their families. The Memorial and Meditative Garden is conveniently located adjacent to and visible from the sanctuary. Many Christians prefer burial space near their church; our Columbarium allows our members to retain a connection with the church in death as well as in life and provides a place of peaceful meditation and consolation for the families and friends of the deceased.
What is a columbarium?
The word “columbarium” comes from the Latin word “columbary,” which is a structure for nesting doves, the dove being the symbol of God’s spirit and peace. The related word, columbarium, refers to a burial vault for the containment of urns holding cremated human remains.
Is cremation biblically sound?
Cremation is widely recognized as a theologically valid process for the deceased and essentially is a hastening of the natural process that occurs following death. The ancient practice has particular relevance for today because land surrounding churches is less available for internment. Cremation makes it possible to continue the tradition of granting a place for God’s children to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalms 23: 6)
- The cremation of King Saul (1 Samuel 31:12)
- Return to dust of the earth (Genesis 3:19)
- Destruction of the earthly body (2 Corinthians 5:1)
What does the Church teach about cremation?
The Christian faith belief is that at the point of death, the soul ascends immediately to be with God because of the salvation act of Jesus Christ on the Cross. This is the promise of resurrection to every believer. Regarding the body (the house in which the soul lives), Christians over the years have chosen either the burial of the body in a casket or cremation. In either case, the Biblical precept of “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” is realized.