The Memorial Garden and Columbarium
First Presbyterian Columbarium provides a place for interring the cremated remains of Church members and their loved ones. It gives an opportunity to inter loved ones in the Church yard near where they were baptized, married or nurtured in the Christian faith.
What is a Columbarium?
A Columbarium is a structure into which cremated human remains are interred in urns.
What are the benefits of a Columbarium?
A spiritual site for repose: It affords Church members and their families the opportunity to select their final resting place in the environs of the Church which has been central to their lives. It will be a place of beauty and dignity where loved ones can visit.
Simplicity of arrangement: It eliminates the pressures of choosing a burial site, casket, vault and monument. It provides a place for internment near the sanctuary eliminating the need for dual services in the Church and at the cemetery.
Substantial financial savings: The combined cost of a columbarium niche and cremation are much less than the cost of a casket, burial site and gravestone.
Who May Be Inurned in the Columbarium?
Inurnment (interment of cremation remains) in the First Presbyterian Columbarium is limited to members of this Church and members of their immediate families. Immediate family includes spouse, parents, step-parents, grandparents, step-grandparents, children, step-children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren and spouses of any of the above.
Where is the Columbarium be located?
The columbarium and memorial garden is located on our property behind the Church office.
Are there plans to add additional niches?
The first phase is complete with three granite walls, each with 30 niches for a total of 90 niches. Phase II, when needed, is planned with four more walls holding 30 niches each.
What about the Resurrection of the Body?
In the Apostles’ Creed we affirm our belief in the “resurrection of the body”. Does cremation keep us from experiencing that triumph? No. In 1 Corinthians 15:35-50 the Apostle Paul answers this question. In verses 36-38 he explains that the body disposed of is not the resurrection body we inherit: “When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed…but God gives it a body as He has determined…”. Continuing, Paul explains (verses 42-44): “The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory…It is sown a natural body and it is raised a spiritual body.”
After contrasting Adam, who was made of dust, with Jesus, who is “from heaven” (verses 45-48), Paul concludes: “And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (verses 49-50)
How Much does a Niche Cost?
Each niche costs $1,700.00. This includes inurnment, the inscription of the niche and perpetual care. It does not include the cost of cremation or the urn. Each niche may contain one or two urns with cremated remains.
How May I Purchase a Niche?
Secure an application form which is available in the Church office. Complete and submit it along with payment in full to the Columbarium Committee.
What Happens if I Purchase a Niche and Later Decide Not to Use It?
The Columbarium Committee will repurchase your niche for the same price at which you purchased it. The niche cannot be resold to anyone other than the Session of First Presbyterian Church.
What If I Have Made Other Burial Arrangements?
Contact the facility where your burial arrangements have been made to learn how they might be terminated.
Who Is In Charge of the Columbarium and Memorial Garden?
Administration, operation and maintenance of the Columbarium is the responsibility of the Session of the Church and assigned to the Columbarium Committee.
For more information call the Church Office at 904-261-3837.