The Peace Garden is a sacred ministry at St. Martins providing its members with a beautiful, dignified and holy setting for inurnment of their loved one’s cremated remains – a place of prayer and meditation. It also provides an outdoor setting for fellowship.
Who may use the Columbarium?
Inurnment in the St. Martin's Columbarium is limited to present or past members of St. Martin's Lutheran Church and members of their immediate families, including spouses, parents, domestic partners, grandparents, children, and grandchildren. Requests for inurnment of others may be honored following special approval by the Pastor.
How many niches are in the Columbarium?
The capacity of the current columbarium is forty-five niches. Each niche holds up to two urns. Plans are underway to add a second columbarium wall thereby adding another forty-five niches. As demand dictates a third columbarium wall can be added in the design of the garden.
Benefits to choosing St. Martin's Columbarium
Spiritual Site for Final Resting - This affords church members and their families the opportunity to select their final resting place within the church that has been central to their lives.
St. Martin's provides a sacred site of beauty and dignity where loved ones can visit and meditate at any time they visit the church.
Advanced Planning - By planning in advance you save your loved ones the stress and decisions that will be necessary at the time of need. It also peace of mind by reserving a niche in the columbarium ahead of time. As in all things, cost will go up. By planning and purchasing now, in advance of your need, savings may be significant.
What is the cost of a niche?
The cost of a niche is $3,000. This can be reserved with a $1,500 deposit and the remainder due at the time of need or the entire $3,000 can be paid upfront. The remains of two loved ones can be placed in a single niche
Are there other ways to contribute?
This is a congregation funded ministry. No church or school funds are used. A memorial financial gift may be made in the name of a loved one regardless of whether a niche is reserved. Also, a project donation in any amount is welcome. In summary there are three ways to participate in the Peace Garden ministry: reserve a niche; make a Memorial Gift; make a Project Donation.
The Peace Garden will be completely self funded. If you are interesting in donating to this project please visit our giving page.
For additional information or if you are interested in purchasing a niche or donating to the Peace Garden ministry, please contact Mel Tuckfield at 410-971-7059 or Kim Rosekrans at 410-672-7034 or Pastor Dave Oravec at 410-263-4723.