Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”
John 11:25–26 (NRSV)


The word “columbarium” is derived from “Columba”, the Latin for dovecote, a compartmented house where doves, the symbol of the embodiment of the Holy Spirit, come to roost.  In modern terms, a columbarium is a consecrated structure used for the inurnment of the ashes after cremation.

The columbarium is an answer to an age-old concern of the Christian community to participate in the proper disposition and identification of the earthly remains of those who have shared the fellowship of our Church family.  This is to be the place especially for those who love First United Methodist Church of Saline and have a sense of closeness to it, which they would like to preserve after death.  It shall be a hallowed ground, sacred to the memory of those who have departed from our midst.

Our columbarium, which includes 144 granite-faced, single-front niches, is located to the north of the church building in the Prayer Garden - a place for prayer, meditation, remembrance and reflection.


Interested persons connected to the church through faith, service, community, or family should call the church office at (734) 429-4730 and a member of the Columbarium Committee will contact you.  Our brochure also has additional information on fees and niche assignment.  You can review the brochure by clicking here.