Remembrance Garden & Columbarium
Through the vintage McBee Avenue church gates and into the garden, you will view the beautiful Good Samaritan Statue, hear the laughter of children on nearby playgrounds and experience the steeple bell melodies. The superb trees and landscapes provide a place of peaceful reflection.
Read the Rules and Regulations regarding the Columbarium, including a fee schedule.
The Remembrance Garden is located in view of the church where so much spiritual nurture has been invested. Whether the celebration of births, dedications, baptisms, marriages, or
O God, You have been our help in ages past,
You are our hope for years to come.
Be thou our guide while life shall last
And our eternal home. Amen
Remembrance Garden Dedication
April 16, 2000
We go from here remembering the path our Savior trod
That we might have abundant life and know the love of God.
If pain or darkness be our lot, with him, we will not fear:
For resurrection joy and light are drawing ever near.
Donna M. Forrester
Remembrance Garden Memorials
Garden Bench given in loving memory of Dr. William A. Mitchell, Jr., our friend, associate, and mentor, from his partners and staff at Orthodontic Associates, P.A.
The cedar tree enclosed by the low brick wall given in honor and appreciation of the 1999-2000 Sunday School Teachers of Preschoolers and Elementary Children.
The cross at the center of the Columbarium given by Dr. and Mrs. Michael Stamm.
The sycamore Celebration Tree, given by her family, in memory of the life of Susan Scott Lynch – wife, mother, teacher and friend.
Gates from the First Baptist Church McBee Avenue given by Mr. and Mrs. C. Dan Joyner.
The Good Samaritan, by Charlie Pate, dedicated to the missions, ministries and stewardship of giving through First Baptist Church Greenville and placed in honor of “Giving Because We Care”, August 29, 1999.
First Baptist Greenville has two labyrinths — one in the Remembrance Garden and a canvas portable one. These can be used for prayer and reflection individually or for groups.
What it is?
A labyrinth is a single path or unicursal tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. It is not a maze – there is only one path in and out. You simply walk the one path towards the center, then turn around and walk the same path out.
How to Use It
There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. This is your spiritual practice – you can walk, run or cartwheel through the labyrinth however you wish, especially if you aren’t sharing the labyrinth with anyone you may bother. If you would like more guidance, we have some tips to help you along the way.
Set an intention before you start (gain insight, find solace, let go, celebrate, focus, solve a problem, etc.)
Quiet your mind before entering the labyrinth. You may want to recite a mantra to help keep you focused. Acknowledge distracting thoughts that arise, then let them go.
Enter from the outside and follow the light-stoned path to the center.
Keep your eyes on the path right in front of you. This will help you
Walking towards the center can be a time of shedding, where you let go of thoughts and emotions in order to quiet your mind.
The time in the center can be a moment for illumination, a place for meditation and prayer. Stay as long as you like.
Walk back out, using the same path you used to reach the center. This can be a time of joining your soul with God. Use it to become more aware of who you are created to be.
If others are using the labyrinth at the same time, be respectful of their practice. Try to keep an even, slow pace so you don’t crowd someone in front of you or back up someone behind you. Since the path to the center and back out are the same, you may run into someone coming from the opposite direction. If this happens, just step aside (maybe even completely off the path) until you’ve passed each other. You may need to pass someone walking the path in front of you, or you may need to allow someone to pass. Avoid speaking or eye contact in order to maintain focus.
Both of our labyrinths are in the Santa Rosa style which is a circle of concentric paths surrounded by an eighth octagonal line. The Santa Rosa Labyrinth was designed by Lea Goode-Harris.