"I am the vine; you are the branches." — John 15:5

The Evolution of Our Quiet Garden

During the recent renovations and expansion at St. Helen’s, a small area was set aside for a ‘quiet garden’, envisaged to be a place of peace, beauty and sanctuary. Opportunity will also be
offered for memorial thank offerings.

Inspired by ideas from a focus group, it was decided to ask a student from Algonquin College to propose a design, to be followed by hiring a contractor to undertake any major infrastructure work, then recruiting parishioners for the planting and ongoing maintenance. This effort has resulted in a concept focussed on a pave-stone path in the shape of the historic Christian symbol of a fish. Beds of perennials and shrubs will complete the site.

Participation in this stage of the project is described below in “Thanks for the Memories”

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“Thanks for the Memories”

St. Helen’s Anglican Church – Memorials for the Quiet Garden

Historically, people have made charitable donations to the church in honour of a departed loved one. With the establishment of our “Quiet Garden” in 2018, we have a new opportunity to make a memorial thank offering that will perpetuate memories in a way that can be appreciated throughout the year.

Thanks for the Memories

Is there someone you want to remember with a memorial in our Quiet Garden?  Your prayerful contribution to this program will enhance our church grounds, as well as perpetuate your memories for all to see.

Your memorial contribution can be made in one or all of three ways:

  • a financial gift to support the establishment of the garden;
  • a memorial stone to a prescribed design; and/or
  • a contribution to the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the garden.

Download the “Thanks for the Memories” Donation Form

This will be a multi-phase project that will also “grow” as donations permit.  In addition, all contributions will be recorded in a virtual “Memorial Book”, to be displayed on our web site.