We are called to make disciples for Christ.
In life, our church was there for all of our milestones – births, confirmation, graduations, weddings and funerals. The columbarium is a way to honor a life well lived. Our congregation can remember the legacy and history of the church as we visit the columbarium. The columbarium has been built as a ministry to the members and their families of Archdale United Methodist Church. It is an area on the church property for the inurnment of cremated remains (cremains) of deceased persons.
The columbarium is located on a beautiful piece of property located beside Archdale United Methodist Church. It is a thirty-two-niche structure of gray granite with black niche facings. Each niche will hold up to two urns containing cremains. There is room for two more units to be added in the future. This space is surrounded by a brick and black aluminum fence. The columbarium fence will be unlocked so anyone can visit or sit and reflect. Stone benches placed among the greenery allow one to sit and reflect. It is a beautifully landscaped area for quiet contemplation, prayer and remembering.
Overall supervision of the columbarium shall be the responsibility of the church and the columbarium committee.
Inurnment will be the responsibility of the current pastor and the family. There is room in the columbarium for the funeral home to bring in chairs for the family during an inurnment service.
Of niche reservations -If a purchaser wants to sell his or her niche, this can only happen to a person eligible to be in the columbarium, and with the consent of the columbarium committee.
Cost: Each niche cost $1500, $200 to open the niche, plus the engraving fee to be determined by the engraver.
Included in the columbarium area is an area in the center of the concrete walkways that will hold two hundred engraved pavers. These pavers can be engraved to honor or in memory of people or groups of people, as well as celebrate special occasions in the life of the church. The fee for the engraving will be paid by the family. The fee will be determined by the engraver for the number of letters to be engraved.
Cost: Each brick paver cost $100 and can be personalized with up to 3 lines of print with 20 characters per line.
– The Columbarium Committee has the ability to raise fees or amend, abolish, or add rules and regulations for the maintenance of the columbarium.
– Release – While the church will exercise ordinary care in the protection of cremains and niches, and the protection of the memorial wall and bricks, all holders of certificate of ownership and their heirs release Archdale United Methodist Church from any and all liabilities arising as a result of unauthorized removal of cremains, vandalism of any kind, and any acts of God, storms, or natural disasters.
For more information about the Columbarium, please contact:
Information regarding eligibility, policies and procedures can be obtained from the church office.