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Today's Events

  • Traditional WorshipTraditional Worship - 10/22/2017 - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Sunday School for all agesSunday School for all ages - 10/22/2017 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Light House Kids Ages 3-1st gradeLight House Kids Ages 3-1st grade - 10/22/2017 - 11:00 AM
  • THE BRANCH (Contemporary Worship)THE BRANCH (Contemporary Worship) - 10/22/2017 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PMThe Branch is our contemporary worship service that meets every Sunday at 11am in the Fellowship Hall. The worship service is known by an inviting community that seeks to follow Christ and love people. The Branch is a great place to come if you do not have a church home or have never been to church before. It is open for people of all ages, backgrounds, races, and stages in the faith.   You will find vibrant music led by our praise band, food that helps to form a sense of community, and engaging messages that are Biblical and relevant today.
  • Traditional WorshipTraditional Worship - 10/22/2017 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Policies and Procedures

GFUMC Memorial Garden

Purpose

The First United Methodist Memorial Garden is designated to minister to the needs of our church and their families. We wish to provide an appropriate site to memorialize and maintain a consecrated site for the interment of ash remains. The interment area is located in a corner, adjacent to the Chapel, in front of the Bridal Parlor. The Memorial Garden is not intended to serve the general community, but our members and their families.

Administration of the Memorial Garden

The Garden will be administered by a committee, designated by the Board of Trustees and approved by the Church Council. Committee members are made up of the Senior Minister and representatives of the Board of Trustees, Grounds Committee and church members.

Application and Acceptance

Any member of the Griffin First United Methodist Church may make arrangement for interment of ash remains and for a memorial plaque by completing an application. Members of the church, former members of FUMC, and their families are eligible for interment on the approval of the committee. Upon payment of $500.00 per person, an acceptance notification, signed by an appropriate church representative will be presented. The original application and acceptance will be maintained in the church office. Such acceptance will be subject to the policies and regulations governing the Memorial Garden, which from time to time may be changed or modified by the Board of Trustees with the consent of the Church Council. The application price is non-refundable, but rights may be assigned to a family member or qualified person by written designation.

Interment

The ash remains will be interred within the Memorial Garden bounds in a biodegradable container provided by the family.

Specific plots are available for pre-sale to enable families to be together. Unreserved places will be assigned before the interment by the Memorial Garden Committee and designated on a plan of the Garden retained in the church office. The Committee will attempt to honor requests for contiguous spaces. It is intended that the interment of remains in the Garden will be available in perpetuity.

Memorial Plaques

The name of each person memorialized, with birth and death date, will be engraved on a Memorial Plaque. The cost of the engraving is included in the application fee.

Use of the Memorial Garden

The Memorial Garden is intended to be a place for church members to reflect or meditate individually or to gather as a group. There will be no floral arrangements or other decorations within the Garden.

Care and Financing of the Memorial Garden

The construction of the Memorial Garden will be financed through contributions to the Memorial Garden Fund and the pre-sale of spaces in the Garden. All funds received from application fees and memorial gifts will be used to pay for the installation of the Memorial Garden Fund. After the installation is paid for, 20% of the proceeds from future sales will be kept in a “transitory account” in the church office for the maintenance of the Garden. Care and maintenance of the Garden will be the responsibility of the Grounds Committee. The remaining proceeds (80%) will be applied to the debt of the First United Methodist Church until current debt of the CEC is paid off. Henceforth the 80% will be in the Memorial Garden Account, with funds expended only with the approval of the Memorial Garden Committee. No change in the structure or plantings in the Memorial Garden will be made without the approval of the Memorial Garden Committee and the Board of Trustees.

Records and Documents

A Memorial Book including the names of those interred in the Memorial Garden will be maintained in the church office. In addition, all memorial gifts will be recorded in a separate place in the book. This book will be available for review in the church office.

Arrangements for a Memorial Service

Arrangements for a Memorial Service should be made with the ministerial staff of the First United Methodist Church. Church procedures may be consulted for further guidance. The Memorial Service can be conducted in our Sanctuary, our Chapel or any place the responsible persons may wish to have the Memorial Service. The church office can provide members of our congregation with the process for arranging for cremation of the deceased. Actual interment of the ash remains can take place following the Memorial Service or at a later date at the discretion of the family. It is also possible for the Memorial Service to be held in the Memorial Garden.