James Episcopal Church
James Episcopal Church | 1040 Yardville Allentown Rd., Yardville, N.J. 08620
and Memorial Garden
The Labyrinth is an ancient
device and was purposefully chosen as the centerpiece of this Memorial Garden.
Its center is that of a cross that draws one into the center and then out
again. Unlike a maze, one can never be lost after they enter this Labyrinth,
although as in life, many different paths are directed. The constant left
and right turning is intended to accentuate the activity of the brain and
to facilitate meditation while in movement. This facility is to be open to
the community at large and will hopefully draw additional members and friends
to this Parish. Interest has apparently been sparked. The large concrete paver
area will also permit large gatherings and allow for meaningful community
prayer, through stations-of-the-cross and other outdoor religious services.
We began the Labyrinth
and Memorial Garden project in early 2007. During the fall, all the hardscape
for the Memorial Garden was installed. It consists of a 27" high wall
around the entire perimeter of the Garden, save for the entranceway near the
existing Church building. A 29' diameter Labyrinth was also installed which
is fashioned after the well known and historic Labyrinth at Chartes Cathedral
outside Paris France, as well as Village Square Pavers, laid in sidewinder
pattern, thereby allowing for engraved stones. In addition, a three-foot wide
pea gravel area, located between the wall and pavers intended for internment
of ashes was constructed at the same time.
An eight-foot high granite
Celtic cross was installed in March 2008. The Christian symbols of Alpha and
Omega (the beginning and the end) will be engraved on both sides as well as
the date the garden was constructed. In addition, three heavy-duty teak benches
were placed in the alcoves of the interior walkway, which forms a unilateral
Any member of the Parish
may sponsor internment of ashes. Since it is not considered a cemetery, plots
are not to be sold and urns cannot be accepted. Utilization is to be governed
by the amended site plan.
In December the latest
set of pavers to be engraved were installed. Forms for pavers continue to
be available from the church office as well as being posted on the bulletin
board in the narthex information area.