Honoring Loved Ones with Engraved Brick Pavers
The Memorial Garden Committee is providing another opportunity to honor your loved ones by sponsoring one or more engraved brick pavers in our beautiful First Parish Remembrance Corner.
The Remembrance Corner provides:
- A lovely and quiet seating area just beyond the current Courtyard and First Parish Memorial Garden
- Attractive plantings
- A handsome wooden bench
- An opportunity to secure a lasting memorial inscribed with your message:
In memory of…, In celebration of…, In honor of…., Given by…, etc. and the name(s) you want to commemorate
Your name(s) as donor(s) (“The Ballou Family,” “R.W. Emerson,” etc.)
The Remembrance Corner is just outside the rear door of the sanctuary. Please visit it at your convenience.
Acquiring a Paver
In order to keep the cost reasonable we are able to order pavers only when we accumulate enough orders to cover the engraving, shipping and installation costs. We can manage that at about 15-20 pavers, which usually takes a few years. If you want to order a paver, please do so, but do not send payment at this time. We will keep your order on record, and when we receive enough orders to add more pavers to the Remembrance Corner, we will notify you and ask for payment at that time.
A 4" x 8" paving stone is $95, and an 8" x 8" paver is $180. Perhaps you could be the person who organizes many to contribute toward pavers in memory of long-term church members who are gone but not forgotten, or in celebration of some of the wonderful programs in the church, like the music program, religious education, or covenant groups. Put on your thinking cap, engage your creativity, and don't miss your chance to have your celebrations and memorials engraved in stone in our churchyard.
Background of the Project
Approved by Parish Committee in March 2007 and completed in September 2008, the Remembrance Corner enhances the Courtyard area and the church’s Memorial Garden.
The Remembrance Corner has been and will continue to be funded and maintained solely through the sale of engraved pavers. Additional pavers will be added only when the required number have been funded to cover the cost of pavers and installation.
The Remembrance Corner is one component of the larger Memorial Garden Project. In 1997, First Parish established (with the Town’s approval) a Memorial Garden in the Courtyard, where the cremated remains of church members and friends may be interred. In 2006, we installed a bronze plaque in the Courtyard identifying the First Parish Memorial Garden and listing the names of those interred there. Currently, the remains of 5 people are interred in the memorial Garden and about 20 more have made arrangements for their remains to be interred there when the time comes. The Memorial Garden is an important element of our community.
As always, the Courtyard will continue to be an important space for outdoor activities and events. The convergence of the Courtyard, the Memorial Garden, the Remembrance Corner and the adjacent graveyard (originally part of the church) serve as a living reminder of the interconnected web of life that connects past, present and future members of our beloved community.