Weddings & Funerals

Wedding Guidelines

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The Columbarium Memorial Garden

The Columbarium Memorial Garden of River Road Church, Baptist provides a beautiful and peaceful setting for prayer and the remembrance of loved ones. Located behind the Chapel, the Garden was dedicated on Palm Sunday of 1997 to receive ashes from cremations. The Garden is available to members of River Road Church, Baptist and their families.

The Columbarium Memorial Garden provides for both the inurnment and interment of ashes. This hallowed place offers River Road Church, Baptist families the option for burial on the grounds, where generations of families have gathered and will continue to gather to worship, praise, and remember.

Burial of Ashes

Ashes from cremation may be placed in urns within the niches of The Columbarium Memorial Garden, or they may be buried directly in the Garden. Plaques are mounted on the niches to commemorate those buried within. Plaques mounted on the Chapel wall of the Garden commemorate those whose ashes are buried. In addition, a detailed Book of Remembrance is on view in the Narthex of the Chapel.

Ministerial Assistance

Prior planning for the disposition of one’s own remains after death, as well as planning for the memorial service, can contribute greatly to the well-being of the family in a time of emotional stress. Any member of our ministerial staff are available to assist church members in pre-planning for memorial services. If cremation is desired, members may arrange for space in the Garden in advance. Such planning can lift the burden of decision from family members grieving the loss of a loved one.

Financial Arrangements

A license fee is required at the completion of an application for a niche. License fees are $1,000, which accommodates for up to two urns. A license fee of $2,000 may be paid for a niche that accommodates four urns. No license fee is required for the in-ground burial of ashes. An inurnment fee for placement of an urn or a burial fee of ashes is $400. Another fee is charged to engrave the plaque with the name of the deceased. Copies of the rules and regulations governing The Columbarium Memorial Garden and the license agreement are available in the church office.

To Request Information

To receive additional information about The Columbarium Memorial Garden, please contact the church office. A member of the church staff will be glad to answer your questions and to see that you receive any further information you require.