What is a Columbarium?


Simply described it is a wall of companion niches or storage locations for two urns that contain the cremated ashes of a loved one – a cemetery for cremated remains. The reservation of niches, like the reservation of cemetery plots, makes the columbarium self-perpeturating and permanently maintained.

Greystone Baptist Church has named this part of our campus a “Memorial Garden”. It is located next to the worship center at the corner of Leadmine and Sawmill Roads in Raleigh, NC. Our Memorial Garden is composed of:

  • A small building containing the columbarium with 84 companion niches and a Memorial wall to remember those that may be lain to rest in other locations.
  • A bell tower with a carillon that rings the hour during each day and has a music library of over 2,000 hymns of faith ringing out joyously at Christmas, Easter, Good Friday, weddings or tolling sorrowfully at the passing of a loved one.
  • On the patio you will find a labyrinth, a linear labyrinth, described in detail in the document links below.
  • All of this is surrounded by a beautiful garden containing flowers, bushes and trees of all varieties.

On September 20, 2009, Greystone held a dedication service for its Columbarium and Memorial Garden.

We also have an informative brochure that provides explanations of the various features of our Memorial Gardens including the linear labyrinth. Click Here to link to our Information Brochure.

If you are interested in reserving a companion niche, please Click Here to access our Policies and Procedures document that explains all aspects of reserving a niche or requesting a memorial to be placed on the Memorial Wall.

If you would like to start the reservation process or have questions, please call the church at 919-847-1333 and let the church administrative person know. A member of our Columbarium Team will gladly guide you through the reservation process, answer your questions, and help in any way we can.

THANK YOU for your interest in Greystone Baptist Church’s Columbarium and Memorial Garden.