The Christ Church Memorial Garden is dedicated to the Greater Glory of God and to the memories of those who have gone before us. It is the final resting place for the cremated remains of parishioners, their families, and others for whom it is appropriate. It is a place of peace and repose for all who wish to visit it, and may be used in a variety of Parish gatherings, as a place of praise, joy, conversation and laughter. The Christ Church Memorial Garden was consecrated in 2001 as a place to inter cremated mortal remains. It is located in a secluded area between the Sanctuary and the Parish Hall.
A plot plan has been drawn which shows a grid of the garden. There are 542 individual plots drawn on the plan. For a contribution of $500 to the Christ Church Memorial fund, parishioners may reserve individual plots for future use. This donation covers the cost of the burial, engraving a name plate, and ongoing garden maintenance. Arrangements may also be made for non-parishioners to be interred in the garden. There is no limit to how many people may be interred in the same plot.
A deed-like certificate and a plan showing the plot number and location of the plot will be provided. The names and dates of those whose ashes are in the garden will be placed on a memorial plaque located in the garden. Complete records will be maintained in the church office. Burial in the garden will be done by the clergy using the Book of Common Prayer. Arrangements should be made with the Rector and the Parish Office. As with all of Christ Church’s property, uses of the Memorial Garden will be at the discretion of the Rector and with the approval of the Vestry. Ashes are poured directly into the ground. Numbered sites represent specific locations but are not visibly marked. The ashes become a permanent part of the garden, and may not be recovered. Although the garden is consecrated ground, no restrictions are placed on walking on the grass in the area.
Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort; Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.