SARTELL -- A Sartell church has announced plans to create a unique garden. The First United Methodist Church is developing a master plan for the western portion of their campus that includes a multi-faceted garden sanctuary with a memorial garden, a large patio with wood-fired bread oven, outdoor worship and concert space, and a labyrinth.

The outdoor worship area could host concerts, meals from the bread oven, receptions, and weddings.

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The memorial garden will allow ashes to be interred either by burying them or by offering a prairie scattering. Church officials believe this is the first scattering garden in central Minnesota. You will not need to be a member of the church to have cremains interred in the garden. The fee will be $1,000, which is significantly less than traditional practices that involve paying for a cemetery plot, vault, casket, headstones, etc.

The goal for the garden campaign is $250,000, with an anonymous donor already offering to match up to $80,000. The capital campaign is set to wrap up by July 29th, and the committee hopes to announce a construction schedule then.

The First United Methodist Church moved from downtown St. Cloud to Sartell in 2013.  It will be divided up into three construction phases; groundwork & hardscape, landscape, and furnishings and completion of the labyrinth.

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