The Columbarium

ColumbariumThere seems to be no more fitting place as the final resting place of a Christian than at his or her church. The concept of residing on consecrated church property is an old one, dating from the very beginnings of Christianity and is sound for both theological and practical reasons. The Columbarium at Custer Road United Methodist Church will be just that, a place of tranquility and reverence where individuals can visit loved ones to celebrate their lives and prayerfully meditate.

What is a columbarium?  The word columbarium is derived from the Latin word columba meaning “dovecote.”  A “dovecote” is a compartmented structure that is a home to doves; a symbol we use to represent God’s spirit and peace. In today’s modern adaptation, a columbarium is a place for the respectful and sacred storage of cremated remains.  It is a permanent structure comprised of small compartments, or niches, with each niche designed to hold two urns.

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Preliminary Artist Renderings

Our Columbarium will be located on the exterior wall on the north side of the sanctuary. As cremation becomes a more popular option, the Columbarium will provide the opportunity for the deceased to reside where they worshipped and enable surviving family members, friends and fellow worshippers to frequently pay their respects. Choosing the Columbarium at Custer Road UMC provides your family the opportunity for a memorial service, inurnment and reception all in one place.  It also removes many of the decisions associated with a traditional funeral, alleviating some financial stresses in an already difficult time of grief.

We know you have many questions. Click on the Frequently Asked Questions below, or contact the Rev. John Richardson.