From ancient times, churches have provided burial within their grounds, offering a quiet, beautiful place to stop, pray, take rest and reflect on God’s creation. Today, as space becomes limited and cremation more acceptable, St. Paul’s provides its own Garden of Hope, adding a new and refreshing dimension to our worship and praise.
Our vision for St. Paul’s Garden of Hope was simple. To create:
- A place where individuals can come for quiet communion with God
- A tranquil place where people can gather and draw comfort
- A place to offer Christian internment within our church grounds
- A sacred place that provides a beautiful photographic setting for those celebrating baptism, confirmations, marriages and other important events
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more.” – Revelation 21:3-4
The above passage, as well as more throughout Revelation 21 and 22, inspired our Garden of Hope. Nearly every element of the new garden is symbolic. For example, the “Water of Life” fountain features flowing water near the ossuary (a communal container for ashes). In addition, our Garden of Hope features 12 trees, representing the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ.
Visitors may access our Garden of Hope through several entrances, while brick paved walkways lead them in meditation and prayer. Consider making your final resting arrangements now in the fullness of life instead of leaving those arrangements for someone else during the trying time of bereavement.
If you would like additional information regarding the Garden of Hope Memorial Garden, please contact the church office at 248-651-9361 or email Karen Rider.