As the result of a number of years of discussion and planning, Grace Church now has a facility in which the ashes of the departed can be interred. In times past, it was traditional for members of a congregation to be buried in the church yard. This gave members an opportunity to remain close in the minds and consciousness of the church family and to strengthen the connections with the surviving family and the church.
It also serves as a reminder that alive or dead, the faithful are part of the communion of saints who gather at the table of the Lord each time Holy Eucharist is celebrated. As a church we are members of one another; those who came before us, those who will come after us, as well as those who are here now.
Construction and Dedication
The garden was designed and planted by Ron Hampel. Ron and Jim Hunt did the construction. Funds were made available by the Memorial Committee. Donations given in memory of those interred will be used for maintenance.
The garden was consecrated on All Saint’s Day, 2008, by the Rt. Rev. Brian Thom as one of his first official acts as the thirteenth bishop of Idaho. The ashes of two members were laid to rest at that time. Since then, a third member’s ashes have been added.
We invite you to feel free to come into our garden to find a place for comfort and reflection. You are always welcome to sit and restore your thoughts and to feel the presence of God. It is our intention, not only to provide a resting place for members of Grace Church, but to offer to the community a quiet and reflective spot for residents to find peace. We ask only that you remember that this is consecrated ground.
If you are interested in choosing GraceMemorialGarden as your final resting place or as the resting place for a loved one, please contact the church at 466-0782. The garden coordinator will contact you.
There is no charge to have ashes placed in the garden. We do ask that a donation be made in honor of the deceased to assist the work of the church.
Our memorial garden is located between the rear of the church building and the Parish Hall. It is small and simple, reflecting our Episcopal tradition, that in death all are equal. We expect to make additions and changes over the years.