One of the blessings of the Christian faith and church community, is that we are not left alone when someone dies. We are sustained by the gift of the Holy Spirit and the support of a caring community of faith. The pastor welcomes the privilege of ministering to you on such occasions.
When death occurs, the pastor should be informed as soon as possible to provide pastoral assistance to you, your family and friends in making arrangements for the service and to answer any questions you might have. The service “expresses clearly the twofold nature of what is done: the facts of death and bereavement are honestly faced, and the gospel of resurrection is celebrated in the context of God’s Baptismal Covenant with us in Christ.”
A Service of Committal usually occurs immediately following the funeral at the graveside. This farewell service is brief, simple and done with dignity. A Memorial service is appropriate when the body of the deceased is not present.