Just as the church embraces us in our baptism and throughout our Christian life, so it should embrace us in our death and in our hope of resurrection to eternal life.
The resurrection is a central doctrine of the Christian faith and shapes Christians’ attitudes and responses to the event of death. In the face of death Christians affirm with tears and joy the hope of the gospel. Christians do not bear bereavement in isolation but are sustained by the power of the Spirit and the community of faith. The church offers a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve.
-Book of Order, Directory for Worship
Because it can be difficult, under emotional stress, to plan wisely, we encourage members to discuss and plan in advance the arrangements which will be necessary at the time of death, including those decisions about the Christian options of burial, cremation, or donation for medical purposes. We also offer a Final Gift Workshop, an opportunity to think about end of life and make plans – contact Rev. Mary Kay Collins if you are interested. These plans should provide for arrangements which are simple, which bear witness to the resurrection hope, and in which the Christian community is central (Book of Order, Directory for Worship).
With prior consideration and planning, family members can be relieved of some difficult decisions, and take comfort in know they are incorporating into this service of worship the desires of their loved one.
Cost and Fees for Memorial Services
Memorial services are available for church members only. There are no charges or fees for use of the church’s facilities, for worship bulletins, or for the service of the minister and organist. Costs to the family related to the memorial or funeral service will be for the flowers the family provides, for additional musicians and vocalists the family may request, live stream and recording of services, and for catering arranged by the family.
The purchase of a spot in the memorial garden is available for church members. Please fill out this submittable form and the church office will follow up with you.
Click here to read detailed information about types of memorial services and practices.