• Rest & Reflection

    Designed to draw one closer to God

  • A Special Place of Remembrance

    This holy place serves as a final resting place for the cremains of our loved ones.

Rest & Reflection

Welcome to the Carmen & Don Godwin Shepherd’s Garden at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. This beautiful site was designed to draw one closer to God, a sacred place to offer prayers, give thanks and remember. Located north of the Sanctuary and south of Shipp Chapel, the garden is reserved during the week and between Sunday services for meditation, prayer and memorial services.

A Special Place of Remembrance

The words of the Lord God to John, I am the Alpha and the Omega, remind us of His omnipresence. He is with us from beginning of life to its ending and beyond. For centuries, loved ones who passed from this life were buried in their churchyards as reminders of this promise that God would be with us eternally. Although the urban environment has made this practice little more than a memory, our garden also houses a beautiful and serene columbarium. This holy place serves as a final resting place for the cremains of our loved ones.

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. – Psalm 23:4a

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“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thous preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” – Psalm 23: 4b-5

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“The water that I shall give you shall be in you a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 11:25

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“I am the resurrection and the life: you who believe in me…shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25

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“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – Psalm 23:6

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“The LORD is my shepherd: I shall not want. He maketh me lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:1-3

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The Good Shepherd statue carries the inscription, “I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly. I am The Good Shepherd.” – John 10:10-11

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