Scripture promises us that we are not left alone in our grief. We trust in the good news of Christ’s resurrection, the promise of eternal life, and the healing presence of God’s Spirit.
It is our privilege to walk with families as they bid farewell to a loved one. We offer this ministry to those who are members or friends of the church, as well as to those who are unconnected to the church. A funeral (where the body of the deceased is present) is generally held a few days following death. A memorial service (where the body of the deceased is not present) may be held a few days following death or at a time convenient to the family. The worship service is usually held at the church — in our main sanctuary or our chapel. Occasionally, families prefer to hold the service at a funeral home or other location. Generally, a funeral or memorial service takes precedence over any other activities at the church, but occasionally events cannot be rearranged and another date/time for the service must be found.
Generally, the Senior Pastor meets with the family and includes them in the planning of the service. The church organist is usually available to provide music for the service. Some families also include other musicians. We will plan the service with you with your loved one in mind.
Believing that food and fellowship are important elements of ministry with those who are grieving, we will work with the family, if you choose to offer a meal at the church.