Columbarium

Generations of individuals and families have shaped their life in Christ through our community grounded at the corner of Ross and Harwood. In this place, First United Methodist Church of Dallas, all events and seasons of life are taught, celebrated, lived and honored: birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, worship of God, spiritual growth and, finally, death.

As Christians we know that death is never the final word. Where better to celebrate and honor this truth than within the very space where we have most often shared in the life and love of Jesus Christ?

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What is a Columbarium? In early Christian times, preferred burial space was within the church itself where the faithful gathered for a memorial service; The word “columbarium” is derived from “columba”, the Latin for dovecote, a compartmented house where doves, the symbol of God’s Spirit and Peace, come to roost.

The Columbarium at FirstChurch features a wall of niches which accommodate urns filled with the earthly remains of any member or former member of the church, ordained Methodist ministers, employees and former employees of the Church, and spouses, parents, children, and grandchildren [natural, adopted, foster or step] of the above-mentioned persons.

rendering-2 Why a Columbarium? There seems to be no more fitting place for the remains of a Christian than a columbarium within his or her church. Set in a serene space below the Narthex, The Columbarium at FirstChurch will provide a quiet, peaceful place for remembrance, meditation and prayer.

A Sacred Space For All. Creating a sacred space was the primary architectural goal while designing The Columbarium at FirstChurch. Diffuse lighting creates an atmosphere of quiet contemplation. Light-cove portals cast a soft blue glow, opening a metaphorical connection to the heavenly realm. Traditional materials recall the rich history of FirstChurch and weave the Columbarium rendering-3into the historic structure.

The Columbarium’s Benefits

Theological
For generations, the faithful have honored our loved ones with special places as we believe they are in the special place with our God. We celebrate together the lasting legacy of our loved ones and God’s continued care into abundant life. There is an inherent religious significance when an inurnment site is located at a church.
It recognizes that our loved ones are members in the communion of saints.

Pastoral
With burial in the church, we are reminded that life abounds even in the face of death. Finding a place for grieving and thanksgiving offers our members and their families another sacred space. Visitation and remembrance is much more convenient. It is a visible link between deceased Christians and their church community.

Economic
There are ways for us to leave more to those whom we love through careful and mindful planning. The lasting gift to our family or our church could be increased through planning. The total cost for a two-person niche is estimated to be as little as half the cost of in-ground burial.

Environmental
We are called to be good stewards of God’s gifts in this life and for the generations to come. Land use is minimized and ashes are virtually free of all environmental hazards.

If you would like additional information or have further questions, please contact Jim Mabile at 214-220-2727, ext. 238 or jmabile@fumcdallas.org.

Payment Options

Payment in full for members: $4,500.

Payment in full for non-members: $5,600.

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