Grace Garden (Columbarium)
Honoring Life’s Passing
The Woodlands United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. offers an alternative to burial through our columbarium. Our memorial garden serves as a resting place for the cremated remains of our loved ones.
It is both comforting and strengthening to have a place of remembrance here. In particular, there is an understandable measure of peace drawn from the time-honored practice of burial within the churchyard. Most urban churches are limited by space, making this practice largely a memory. However, The Foundation renews this tradition with our beautiful and serene columbarium.
Grace Garden currently houses 320 columbarium niches. Two standard-sized urns can be accommodated in each niche or one person may desire to acquire a full niche. Some will want to purchase niches together as family sections. Also included is an option for memorializing loved ones who have gone before us but whose resting place is elsewhere.
Click on a section of the columbarium in the image below to see which niches are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Columbarium?
The word "columbarium" comes from the Latin word "columbary" which is a structure for the nesting of doves - the dove being the symbol of God’s spirit and peace. The related word, columbarium, refers to a burial vault for the containment of urns holding cremated human remains.
Is cremation Biblically sound?
Cremation is widely recognized as a theologically valid process for the deceased, and essentially is a hastening of the natural process that occurs following death. This ancient practice has particular relevance for us today, since burial near churches is less of an option. Cremation makes it possible to continue the tradition of granting a place for God’s children to "dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
What are the benefits?
Families who choose cremation for their departed loved ones, rather than conventional burial, will find Grace Garden a wonderful choice. It’s dignified, convenient, and affordable. In addition, Grace Garden is very convenient for funeral ceremonies - funeral congregations can walk from the church to gather in the garden and visually take part in the interment service. Not only will the Memorial Garden be self-sustaining, but 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase of each niche supports the many ministries of our church.
Who may use Grace Garden?
The garden is reserved exclusively for members of the church and their extended families.
How is the property maintained?
The Columbarium is an endowment of The Foundation. The grounds are maintained under the perpetual care of our loving church family.
Who do I contact for more information?
When making decisions about final provisions for you and your family, you may call the Church office to learn more about Grace Garden at 281.297.5900.