Epworth Methodist Church announces columbarium installation

This aerial view shows the site of the Epworth UMC columbarium in the church's cemetery at the western end of Henlopen Avenue. SOURCE SUBMITTED
August 3, 2014

Plans are underway for the installation of a state-of-the-art columbarium at Epworth United Methodist Church cemetery located along the western end of Henlopen Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.

The columbarium will consist of four units, each housing 40 niches, for a total of 160 available niches. The new installation was designed by Delaware Architects LLC. The firm also served as the architect during the new church building in 2008.

“The finest-quality materials will be used in this construction,” said Evans Shearon, chair of the Epworth Cemetery Committee. “The professional design will include granite plaques, an entry pedestal as well as four meditation benches.”

Shearon said the opportunity to purchase niches will be offered to the public, not only church members. Once completed, the columbarium will be the only public columbarium within the Rehoboth Beach city limits.

Presale of the niches has begun, with an all-inclusive presale price in effect until December 2014. Private consultations can be arranged by contacting Fred Smith, cemetery superintendent, via email at or by calling 302-930-3733.


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