The session of First Presbyterian Church has approved a plan to establish a columbarium in the courtyard. 

  • For a brochure about the columbarium, click here.
  • To see the policy and procedues that will govern the columbarium, click here.
  • To view and print the Niche Reservation Application, click here
  • To pay the Niche Reservation Fee by credit card, please do not use the "Give Now" button.  Instead, please use this link.

What is a columbarium?


A columbarium is a dedicated setting for the reverent disposition of cremated remains of the dead. The primary component is a structure containing niches, uniform in size, of the capacity to hold the cremated remains of one or two people, covered by a uniform granite plate inscribed in uniform fashion with names and dates of birth and death. The committal of ashes in a columbarium is the theological and liturgical equivalent of the committal of a body to the earth, “in sure and certain hope of the resurrection.”


Where will it be?


The columbarium as a whole will be the current courtyard—the fenced outdoor space between the sanctuary and the education building. The structure containing niches will be a horizontal structure parallel to the sanctuary wall, with niches facing the courtyard space. The courtyard will be landscaped as a space appropriate for current uses, services of committal, and reflection and prayer. A new fence and gate at the Adams Street end will secure the space in off hours.


When will it be available?


We hope that the columbarium will be available before the end of calendar year 2017.

Who may reserve a space?


The columbarium shall be limited to the interment of cremated remains in niches of current or past members of First Presbyterian Church; spouses of members; natural or adopted children, step-children, or grand-children of members; parents or step-parents of members; and current or past ministers of the church.


What is the cost?


A one-time fee confers the right to exclusive use of a niche for the cremated remains of one or two persons. This fee includes the cost of inscriptions on the niche plate, but it does not include costs such as professionally licensed cremation and the purchase of urns or other appropriate containers for ashes. These fees have been calculated to include costs of building the facility, costs of engraving, and costs for ongoing care of the columbarium in its entirety.

For the first three months of the Columbarium project, the fee per niche is $3,000. The fee increases thereafter according to this schedule:

August 1 - October 31, 2017  -- $3,000

November 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018   -- $3,500


February 1 - April 30, 2018 -- $4,000


After April 30, 2018 -- Fee to be determined

How is a niche reserved?


Specific niches, identified by number, may be reserved upon payment of the fee and execution of required documents. The administration and management of the columbarium is under the authority of the Session. Please see the full “Columbarium Policies” document for more information or contact Jim Davis at 850 222-4504.

How can I support the Columbarium Fund?




Gifts to the Columbarium Fund for landscape features, as memorials, and as planned gifts, will be

gratefully received.  Gifts may be made through the "Give Now" button on this website by check to "First

Presbyterian Church Columbarium Fund."


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