About the Columbarium
The Holden Beach Chapel constructed a columbarium on the west side of the sanctuary. It will be developed in four stages over a number of years. The first stage, which has been completed, includes sixty niches, each large enough to hold two urns.
The garden created around the columbarium contains benches and a bell donated in memory of those lost at sea. Memorial plaques are available for those who have been or will be buried elsewhere but who wish to memorialize the importance of the Chapel in their lives.
Why A Columbarium?
The funeral service in the Book of Common Prayer says, "In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our brother—; and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Lord bless and keep him, the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious unto him and give him peace. Amen." Although the words do not appear in the bible, they are inspired by verses such as Ecclesiastes 3:20.
"All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return"; and in Genesis 3:19, "for dust you are and to dust you will return." Paul says in 11 Corinthians 5:8, "We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord." These verses are but a few that remind believers that our bodies were created from clay and will return to the earth. It is our souls that will dwell with the Lord for all eternity.
Burial on church grounds or within a church is nothing new. Driving roads of Brunswick County we pass many cemeteries. however, Living on an island between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean makes traditional burial in a cemetery impractical, if not impossible.
Inurnment in a columbarium is an alternative to the traditional cemetery. A columbarium is a wall containing niches or compartments in which urns containing the cremains of a loved one are placed. If the church is central to life through sacraments such as baptism, Holy Communion and marriage, then death and burial should be an integral part of the church life and ministry.
Niches are $3500 each and may be purchased if you prefer by a $700 down payment with the balance paid in three installments over 18 months. This may be paid by check or if you wish to use a credit card, contact Alice, the Chapel Secretary, at secretary@ATMC.net or Jan Kelley at jkelley@ATMC.net
Jan Kelley, Chair 910-368-1256
Al Lepeter 504-588-0587
Mark Pompeii 704-287-7957
Mary Rich 910-842-6787
Hugh Wolfe 540-645-3425