A barren courtyard on the Church’s grounds became an opportunity to provide Church members and their families an affordable, low environmentally impactful means of interment for themselves or loved ones.
Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney will dedicate its Celebration Garden this Sunday, Sept. 15.
Trinity’s Celebration Garden and Columbarium is a modern, green alternative to cemeteries that have historically been a integral element of Church sites. As a “Certified Earth Care” congregation, Trinity’s Garden is just one of the Church’s green initiatives.
The Garden project was entirely funded through private contributions. Celebration Garden committee Co-Chair Madeleine Bullock says “The project funded successfully because people believed in the importance of pre-planning for the sake of their children, the cost savings over traditional burial and the environmental wisdom of the project.”
The Columbarium includes 120 burial niches, holding two urns each, but can be expanded if needs change in the future. The garden area also features original artwork by member Barbara Williamson, a prayer walk and fountain.
The garden was designed by local architect Jim Cooper of Cooper Design in Rowlett. Nan Arnold, Nan Faith Arnold Company Dallas, is the Construction Manager.
Pastor Emeritus Rev. Don Andrews of TPC says “The Celebration Garden and Columbarium is a place of sacred hope for an individual to sit down and listen to God speak to them.”
Story submitted by Trinity Presbyterian Church