Around 2012, we decided to reshape our memorial grounds and rename our outdoor areas The Kirk Peace Park. The Peace Park was dedicated in 2014. It continues to be a place for us to celebrate and remember friends and family, but it is also open to the public, where neighbors walking by might connect to something different. We hope you have a chance to walk our grounds and experience all that it has to offer.

This brick Peace Plaza was built in 2008 after the retirement of longtime Pastor Clayton Cook.  The pergola was added as part of the 2013 memorial walk installation, and at this time the name Peace Portal was adopted to highlight the entire structure’s role as an entrance into the sacred space of the memorial walk along with its function of imparting a feeling of quietude. The words of Romans 12:18 are inscribed around the inside of the pergola: If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

More than 100,000 peace poles have been placed around the world, each declaring “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Ours was installed in 2016 as an Eagle Scout service project, and repeats this prayer for peace in English, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic.

Our Peace Park sculpture was commissioned for The Kirk and depicts three birds in peaceful dance. According to the artist, the thought behind the sculpture is the concept of inspiration as a gift from God through the Holy Spirit.

This off-the-trail maze sets apart from the rest of the park, a symbol of thoughtful meditation and repose. While the history of labyrinths predate recorded history, Christians have been walking their paths as a devotional and spiritual practice for centuries.