The Anglican Parish of Christ Church is happy to make available to the parish and community its building, Parish Hall, Music Director, and Clergy for Funerals or Memorial services. Our intention is to respond to people in their bereavement with care and compassion in the grace and love given to us in Jesus Christ.
Although the death of a loved one causes pain, grief, anger, and even distress, Christian faith enables us to celebrate life even in the midst of death. As with all things in life, Christians experience death through the hope and comfort brought to us in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. God’s raising Jesus from the dead gives us the assurance that in Jesus God is making all things new. Death is not the end of our life with God. At Christ Church we seek to lead people to the comfort and strength of the Christian Faith during time of sorrow and bereavement.
The first thing to do when a death occurs is to notify the Rector of the Parish of Christ Church directly before any arrangements are made for the funeral or memorial service. Your priest would like to be with you at this time, in order to help in many ways. Most funeral arrangements will be made by (or in conjunction with) the funeral home you choose. If you do not have a funeral home chosen, your clergy can help you select one. Typically, the officiant at a funeral service or memorial service is the rector of the parish. If the presence of other clergy is desired, arrangement should be made through the rector.
Usually there is no charge at Christ Church for the use of the church building or for the services of the priest for members of the parish. There is a charge of $75.00, however, for the caretaker and an additional $200.00 if you arrange to use the Christ Church organist (other arrangements may be made privately).
At Christ Church we are supportive of cremation as a legitimate form of Christian burial and space is available in the Memorial Garden on our grounds for the interment of ashes of those who are long-time members of the parish.
Music appropriate to Christian worship may be used in funerals or memorial services at Christ Church. Recorded music is not permitted and live music must be is chosen in consultation with the priest and the organist.
Flowers may be symbolic of the Resurrection and it is appropriate that they be used in moderation. It is also fitting that memorial gifts be made to the Church and/or to other charitable institutions along with or in lieu of flowers.