Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden Cross

Central to St. Paul’s worship, office and education space is a quiet and intimate courtyard, known as our Memorial Garden.  In this graceful and meditative garden, we inter the ashes of family members and friends who have entered their larger life with God. 

Three kinds of burial are offered.  Ashes can be:

  • Commingled in the Repository;
  • Individually interred in the Repository; or
  • Individually interred in the Columbarium.

The Repository is an altar-like brick structure with bronze doors that open to consecrated ground.  Ashes may be commingled – scattered in the ground with the ashes of others – or interred in a standard sized cylinder. Just above the Repository is the Columbarium, a modular structure with a sculptured bronze face plate, which allows for ashes to be interred in individual sections. 

Individuals and families may be interested in pre-arranging burial space in the repository or the columbarium.  For details, please contact the Rector at (973) 635-8085. 

Memorial gifts in memory of loved ones may be offered every year at Christmas and Easter, and these funds are used to maintain the garden space.  Additionally, fees for burial in the Memorial Garden go toward record keeping and maintenance of the space, as well as toward the purchase of bronze nameplates for the Memorial Plaques in the Church lobby and Memorial Garden.

Every All Saints’ Day we include in our prayers the names of those who, in the past year, have been interred in the Garden.  

“Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.”  Book of Common Prayer, p. 499

“Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 26:
Chatham Community Thanksgiving Service at Stanley Congregational Church (UCC), 94 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928.
Worship begins at 7:30pm, donations will be given to the Chatham Community Rescue Squad. Read more