Northaven Celebration Garden
The Northaven Celebration Garden was conceived as a reflection of the cycle of life from birth and baptism (the stylized dove on the cross), through life’s twists and turns and changes in direction (the labyrinth) to the celebration of the end of earthly life and the promise of life eternal (mosaic crosses, columbarium and memorial garden).
The mosaic tile cross from the old Lecture Lounge was reconstructed on a wall in the Garden, honoring all the classes and theological training that occurred in that room in the old church building.The new Northaven logo of a cross extending through the skylight, with all its meaning for diversity and inclusion surrounded by God’s grace, is installed in mosaic tile on the columbarium wall. A cantilevered arbor shades the labyrinth, and fixtures on the cross, columbarium wall, arbor and sconces at the entry to the garden provide evening light.
The Celebration Garden is a place for private and community prayer, meditation and unique opportunities for memorial services, baptism, Easter, All Saints Day, weddings and confirmation class training. The Garden was dedicated on November 1, 2009.
The Garden Trustees are now working with a sculptor and committee to complete the original design of the garden with a fountain. We hope members of Northaven UMC will donate funds to construct this water feature.
How to Participate
Members and friends of Northaven can help fund this worship center by:
- Making a gift specified for the Celebration Garden
- Donating in honor or memory of a friend or loved one to the Celebration Garden
- Reserving a niche in the columbarium or space in the memorial garden.
Cost for a Site for Placement of Ashes in the Garden
- Scattering of ashes: $1,000
- Burial in the garden: $2,000
- Placement in niche:
- $2,500/ single urn
- $3,000/ two urns
The cost covers the urns, engraved niche cover or engraved wall plaque. For an application to purchase a Right of Inurnment and Niche Inscription, please click the button below.
Download Order Form
The Celebration Garden Trustees are responsible for maintaining the Garden, supported by maintenance funding from a separate CG account. They are also responsible for all records and paperwork required and will assist in planning and executing the placement of ashes in the garden.
Celebration Garden Trustees are Jeanne Delphenis, Paul Terrell and Dotti Timmins.