Our Building & Grounds

Our building has grown over the years. Some parts are new, others are original. Although this can make the layout a bit confusing to those not familiar with it, it also adds character, charm, and even a bit of mystery! There is a stained-glass window visible from the outside of the building, but you won’t be able to find it inside – it was covered up in one of the many renovations. What other interesting bits of history are hidden in our walls?
 
Building map: view / download  •  For information on building use, please contact the church office.
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Memorial Prayer Garden

The Memorial Prayer Garden was created in 2011 to commemorate and memorialize the life of Audra Brownell. Its design is based on 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

The garden is being created in three phases:

Phase I: Love

This part of the garden is composed of stone pathways, floral plantings, shrubs, hardwood trees, evergreens, boulder-edged terraces surrounding a heart-shaped brick patio, a waterfall, and a gazebo on the highest point overlooking the City of Rockford. Its purpose is for prayer and meditation.

Phase II: Faith

This part of the garden will contain raised planting beds of flowering annuals in the shape of the Cross.

Phase III: Hope

This part of the garden will be a an extensive open gathering space to be used as a possible outside worship area, along with picnic grounds complete with tables.

The Memorial Prayer Garden is open to everyone – not just those that attend Rockford Reformed Church. Meant for prayer, meditation, and reflection, the garden is designed to be a place away from the cares of life – a refuge dedicated to the glory of God. It is a place to sit quietly, to pray and reflect on a lost loved one, or to just sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surroundings.

Adapted from the Rockford Squire. To read the full article, click here.

Buy A Brick

Is there someone you would like to memorialize? Within our Memorial Prayer Garden is a heart-shaped patio containing bricks inscribed with the names of loved ones that are no longer with us. You may contribute to the garden by buying an inscribed brick for $40 that can be personalized with the name of your loved one. Order forms are available at church (or download below) and should be turned in to the front office. (Bricks are ordered once a year near Memorial Day). Those who wish to have cremated remains buried in the Prayer Garden may call the church for more information.

Buy A Brick Order Form (pdf)

Somos Hijos De Dios

In February 2013, Audra’s family went to Paradise Bound Ministries’ Open Doors Orphanage in Guatemala to build a playground that they donated in her name.

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Playground