From the earliest days Christians have chosen to have their final resting place within the community of the church. From the catacombs of ancient Rome to the great cathedrals of Europe, to the humblest churchyard in Western New York, the evidence is everywhere.
Other churches in Rochester, including on East Avenue, have had columbaria for decades. For many years members of Asbury First have dreamed about having a columbarium on the campus. The time has come to fulfill that dream.
The Columbarium will be located on the church campus along the southeast exterior wall of the Sanctuary. Initially, the Columbarium will have 136 Niches* with provision to expand to a total of 328 Niches.
*A niche is a recessed compartment in which urns (containers) of cremated human remains are placed. Each niche can hold up to two urns.
How is the Columbarium funded?
The Columbarium is funded by the sale of niches and designated capital gifts.
What is the price of a niche?
The price of a niche is $5,000.
What is included in the price of a niche?
How do I purchase a niche?
Complete and submit the reservation form below. You can pay part or all of the cost through this form (pay by bank account, credit or debit card), or you can mail a check to: Asbury First UMC, Attn: John Ormsbee, 1050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.