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. Services generally include a meditation by the pastor, Scripture, prayers, and music. Family members or friends may also offer remembrances during the service. Believing that food and fellowship are important elements of ministry with those who are grieving, our Culinary Committee is willing to provide a luncheon following the service. They will order the food, prepare it, serve it and clean up. The family is expected to pay for the food, and may take leftovers home. In addition, a donation to the Church is appreciated. We recognize the means to donate may vary from family to family and appreciate any donation the family would like to give. If the family would like a suggested amount for the time and work of the women serving the family, we suggest the Church be given $1.25 per plate served. There is no charge for the use of the church for a funeral or memorial service. We do ask an honorarium for the custodian, musicians and pastor.