On Sunday morning (2/10/2013) a consecration and columbarium dedication service was held at Murfreesboro's First Presbyterian Church.
In past eras, most churches had adjoining cemeteries. If you go back in time far enough, even Murfreesboro's First Presbyterian Church had a burial ground for members. That was how the old city cemetery on Vine Street came into being. Prior to the Civil War, the church was located there. But in modern times, with the lack of land, this is no longer an option for most congregations.
The downtown church on the corner of College and Spring Streets went through city codes and proposed a columbarium where members may choose to have their cremated remains at the church.
Bob Dylan's old song from the 60's The Times, They Are A-Changin’ certainly fits this scenario. This is the same idea as old church cemeteries, but one that is designed to fit the changes brought about a lack of space. First Presbyterian joins its neighbor, St. Paul’s Episcopal, as being Murfreesboro historic district churches offering a columbarium.