Arts at Urbandale UCC



Our Narthex Gallery features visual artwork by members and friends of the congregation. The Gallery occasionally has special feature exhibits such as favorite religious art loaned by members of the congregation and art created in church school classes. The space is available for other church projects.

Memorial Garden

Our Memorial Garden is not a cemetery, but a living reminder and celebration of the contributions that our members, past and present, have made to our church community.

The Memorial Garden serves as a:

  • sacred space for contemplation and prayer
  • site for memorial services and small gatherings
  • a place for the interment of the cremated remains of members of the church family.


Download the Memorial Garden Brochure (PDF, 882KB) for more information and guidelines for use
Download the Memorial Garden Internment Form (PDF, 42KB)

Care and History of the Garden

The garden’s natural, informal style was created and is maintained by the UUCC Memorial Garden Committee which cares for the garden and directs what is planted.

Prior to interment of a person’s ashes, the committee will provide direction on where ashes may be buried within the garden.

The garden was started as an Eagle Scout project by member Benjamin Sheridan with the assistance of former pastor, Sue Gallagher; original committee members Richard Boyer, Elaine Lundstrom, Debra Rebelsky, Jerry Woods, and Leslie and David Sheridan; and Boy Scout Troop 96.

Download the Meditation for Memorial Garden Dedication (PDF, 168KB).

Strickler Peace Garden

In June 1995, the congregation dedicated the Strickler Peace Garden on the south side of the church in honor of the long-time peace ministry of a beloved pastor emeritus and his wife, Gayle and Beth Strickler. The garden features flowers and plants and a peace pole.

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