Prayer Garden, Labyrinth, and Columbarium
As you enter St. Timothy’s through the main doors you will be in the colonnade facing the glass doors to our Columbarium, Prayer Garden, and Labyrinth.
We invite you to take time to discover the serenity of our meditation and reflection space.
The word “Columbarium” is derived from the Latin word “columba,” or “a nesting place for doves.” The early Christians in Rome used the term “dovecote” to describe the catacombs, where they not only interred the dead, but also sought refuge and worshipped during times of persecution. The dove of peace, symbol for the Holy Spirit, has always been associated with the Resurrection.
From ancient times, Christians have considered places of burial to be sacred sites where the departed are remembered and honored. They are places for quiet remembrance, for prayer, for families and loved ones to gather. They are places of peace.
St. Timothy’s Columbarium, located along the southern edge of the Prayer Garden, is a dignified place of peace and beauty and a fitting memorial to departed loved ones. Each niche is covered by a stone face plate on which the names and dates of birth and death of the deceased are engraved.
Why do we have a Columbarium at St. Timothy’s?
We believe that inurnment on church grounds is a statement of our faith in the resurrection, the life everlasting, and the church triumphant. We believe that inurnment within the church grounds is a doubly appropriate last resting place for the earthly remains of those who in life loved the church.
The Columbarium setting is an updated version of an old-time church cemetery. It better allows both for maintenance and for ease of visitation. It also can be a serene spot for meditation and prayer.
Practically speaking, cemetery plots become increasingly remote and difficult to reach. Also, the comparison of the costs of a traditional cemetery burial and a Columbarium inurnment reveals a substantial financial advantage of a Columbarium.
How is the Columbarium financed and maintained?
The Columbarium is financed entirely through reservation fees and a designated fund located in St. Timothy's endowment.
The Prayer Garden and the Labyrinth are maintained by the regular operating funds of the parish.
How do I reserve a niche?
Niches in the Columbarium walls are reserved by member of the church in the same way that cemetery plots are reserved. With the reservation of a niche, the members receive a folder containing the following:
• A copy of the reservation contract.
• A copy of the Rules and Operating Procedures.
• A certificate acknowledging the reservation and indicating the specific niche and its location.
How many urns will fit in each niche?
Each Columbarium niche holds one or two cremation urns. Please ask for the measurements before purchasing an urn to ensure it will fit.
You may reserve Columbarium niches and make arrangements by applying to the church office. Eligibility for use of niches is specified in the Policy and Operating Rules of the Columbarium.
How can I get more information?
For any additional information you may need, contact the church office, or you may contact our Parish Administrator, Alice Mclaughlin at 314.434.5906.
The Prayer Garden
Featuring benches, curved walls, and a bubbling fountain, the Prayer Garden is a lovely spot for individuals and groups to find moments of solitude and peace. Open year round, it features a stunning variety of flowering plants, bushes, and trees.
Our Labyrinth is a 24-foot, 6-course, Neo-Medieval Abingdon designed by The Labyrinth Co.
The Labyrinth, Prayer Garden, and Columbarium are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, Saturday evening from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (hours given). If you desire an after-hours visit to the Columbarium please contact the church office to make arrangements. You are welcome to bring your own meditation to use while praying the Labyrinth. We provide cards with two different options at the entrance as well.
About Labyrinths from the Labyrinth Society
Stumbling into the Sacred, reflections on walking a Labyrinth path from the blog of the Rev. Anne E. Kitch