Since earliest days, Christians have made provision for a secure and hallowed place of burial, either within the church itself or in adjoining church grounds.
The All Saints' Kingsway Columbarium was erected in response to the strongly expressed need of parishioners who have chosen cremation for themselves or loved ones and now require an appropriate burial space at an affordable price. The stated preference was to have this final resting place at All Saints’ Kingsway.
The columbarium is a visible expression of our common faith in Jesus Christ and the Resurrection. Here in this place, where the faithful gather week by week to praise God, we are reminded of His offer of eternal life and the promise of heavenly peace and glory.
As a member of the All Saints’ Kingsway family, we offer you:
- the opportunity to purchase Single or Companion (double) space in our parish columbarium* located within the north transept chapel;
- a beautiful and dignified area, protected from the extremes of weather, where loved ones may comfortably visit throughout the year;
- peace of mind now and in the future that the facility will always be well maintained and in sacred space;
- a single fee that covers all costs, including provision for the niche, urn, plaque with engraving, opening and closing and perpetual care;
- reasonable prices, that are at least competitive with, and usually much less than, comparable services
For your reassurance the All Saints’ Kingsway Anglican Church Columbarium:
- is fully supported by our Area Bishop and has been approved by the Diocese of Toronto;
- meets all applicable municipal requirements;
- is licensed under the regulation of the strict requirements of Ontario’s Cemeteries Act, which is administered by the Cemeteries Branch of the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations;
- will enjoy the daily care of our sextons, the attention of a Columbarium Board of Trustees selected under by-laws approved by our Vestry, and the oversight of the Rector and Churchwardens;
- will have the legally stipulated portion of the niche purchase price held in a Perpetual Care and Maintenance Trust Fund, established through the Diocese of Toronto Cemeteries Board. In the unforeseen event that the Columbarium may ever have to close (by reason of sanctuary destruction, deconsecration or as mandated by legislation) the trust fund will underwrite the cost of removal of the sealed urns and ashes to a new consecrated and licensed location, and the Diocese has undertaken to provide all necessary non-financial assistance to ensure that such is accomplished.
For further information, including a complete listing of costs, eligibility and by-laws, contact any member of the Columbarium Board through the Church office at the number or e-mail address above.
* “Columbarium” – a structure containing a series of separate niches into which are placed urns containing cremated remains.
Niches Available -- As of Jan. 2008
Click on image at right for a full size diagram
>> orange coloured boxes are already taken.
>> large squares represent 'Companion' Niches.
>> small squares represent 'Single' Niches.
Banner over our Columbarium
It was decided that a suitable painting or banner should be commissioned to hang over the newly created Columbarium. A competition was arranged, and 5 artists from southern Ontario presented their ideas and sketches to an All Saints' selection panel.
This work explores a number of themes relating to our life journey -- including:
- The "River of Life" -- flowing upwards from earthly darkness towards heavenly light, culminating in the departing "Doves of Eternal Peace", at the end of our earthly life pilgrimage.
- The "Chi-Rho" -- symbolizing Christ the saviour, as expressed through the first two letters of His name in the ancient greek alphabet, the language of the early bible.
- The connection with the Parish of All Saints' Kingsway -- through the depiction of the Humber River, intertwined with the Chi-Rho.
- The "Tree of Life" -- another historic image of our established, yet still growing, faith in our Lord.
- The changing leaf colours on the Tree of Life -- marking each passing season, spring / summer / fall / winter, and depicting our earthly life cycle and inner pilgrimage.
About the Artists:
The winning artist was Willem Hart of Toronto, who had done extensive work in liturgical art and showed a keen awareness of the subject matter and how to interpret the essence of it on canvas in a sensitive fashion.
Willem Hart is President of Willem Hart Art & Design, Toronto. He teaches graphic design at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto and the School of Animation & Design, a joint program of York University and Sheridan College, Oakville. Willem Hart is the creator and designer of the artwork.
Willem enlisted Klaas Hendrik Hart, also of Toronto, to actually paint the 9' x 6' canvas. It fairly sparkles with luminescence.
Klaas Hart is described by Loch Gallery of Toronto as an "important living Canadian artist." He studied at the Atelier of Henk Helmantel, Westeremden, Netherlands. He has had solo exhibitions at Nancy Poole's Studio, Patmos Gallery and the ICS Gallery, all of Toronto. In 1998 he received the Mayor's Purchase Award, Toronto Outdoor Exhibition. His work is represented in many private collections in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, USA and Canada. A public gallery of his work is at the Market Gallery, City of Toronto Archives.
Jim & Edna Claydon