The St. James Memorial Garden board, with vestry approval, has adopted the following regulations, which apply, as appropriate, to the board and to subscribers of the garden.
The Board selects its Chairman and Secretary at its annual meetings. The Chairman is responsible for calling meetings, directing the board's work, seeing that interments are organized and carried out appropriately and other board duties. The Secretary maintains records and coordinates the Board’s work with the Parish Administrator.
Subscription Certificates are issued to parish members and their immediate family, including parents, spouses, siblings, and children. Subscription prices include two urns and two name plaques for a niche, and a square foot of the Garden and a name plaque for a plot.
3 Subscribers should contact the church office a minimum of 48 hours prior to an interment, which is generally not scheduled on national or church holidays. If the family does not choose to have the interment of the cremains at the time of the Celebration of Life Service, the cremains will be stored in the office by the Memorial Garden Board. If the family chooses to have visiting clergy for an interment this would be subject to the Rector’s approval, given that the Rector is ultimately responsible for all services at St. James.
4. The Garden Board is solely responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the Garden. The Board reserves the right to re-survey, enlarge, diminish, and otherwise modify the Garden with respect to reserved niches or plots.
5. St James Memorial Garden is a licensed cemetery and will continue in the future to be a Christian burial site for our members’ final place of rest.
6. Legal title to the Garden is held by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, Inc.