The focal point of the Bishop Ford Memorial Garden is a 4-sided, 72-niche granite columbarium. A columbarium holds the urns of your loved ones in a safe and secure location.
From earliest times Christians have gathered and prayed at the final resting places of their deceased. This seemed strange to their neighbours. But the scriptures told these early Christians that Christ, at his death and resurrection “descended to the dead” and brought new life there. Because of the Risen Christ, we too remember our loved ones and name them before God, as we speak of the “communion of the saints”. And so, we have created this Memorial Garden, remembering that the first appearance of the Risen Christ was in a garden. This project is founded on our belief that all human life is sacred. Each person is in the image of God and is of infinite worth to him. And so, each life should be honoured. We have set aside this sacred, consecrated place, this garden, in order to give life to these, our convictions.
“May they rest in peace and rise in glory”.
The Church is now selling niches in this beautiful columbarium.
A consecration service of the garden by Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson was held November 8th, 2020. The columbarium and surrounding grounds have been sanctified, and arrangements can now be made for inurnment.
The article was in the October 15, 2020 edition. Here is a link to his website.