“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” - Jesus in Matthew 11:28
Welcome to the Mary Carter Barrow Memorial Garden
Spiritual, reflective, beautiful, tranquil, joyful, meditative, garden-like, well maintained, natural, quiet, doesn’t feel like a graveyard, a place to linger, extra seating, double-sided benches, lighting, soften the brick, beautiful in every season, balance of social and spiritual space, interment space, appropriately sized labyrinth tucked away but still useful as public space, ADA accessibility in use and to/from the Fellowship Hall, low maintenance, visible names plaque of those interred in the garden, water feature and plants to mitigate road noise…
These are the descriptions of the Memorial Garden we heard during our conversations with family members and the congregation in late 2010-early 2011 as we kicked off the design phase of the renovation and transformation of this deteriorating and underutilized space into a beautiful sacred space. What began as just a spark of an idea in the fall of 2009 culminated with a rededication ceremony in November 2013.
We invite you to linger here in this beautiful sacred space, whether you want to walk the labyrinth, sit a spell near the water fountain or the cross, or rest and reflect in this garden oasis in the midst of our urban/suburban chaos. Stop by in the evening or early morning when it's dark and enjoy the softly lit space and fountain (the lights turn off around 11pm). No matter what time of day you come, you will be blessed by the vision that God had laid out for us in this sacred space.