Funerals

April 23, 2013

 

Central United Church

Brandon, MB

Guidelines for Funeral Services

 

Central United Church offers you our sympathy and prayers at this time of loss. We consider it part of our ministry to offer assistance as you plan this service.

A funeral or memorial service is a service of worship to give thanks for the life as we grieve our loss. We encourage families in their time of sorrow, that as well as celebrating the life and the personal stories of their loved one, that they may find comfort in the traditions of words of prayer and scripture in the service.

 

Planning

Our minister will meet with you to plan the service so that it might be a fitting remembrance and tribute to the person you are honouring. You will be assisted in choosing scripture, hymns and other components of the service. Your wishes and those of the deceased will be followed to the best of our ability, in keeping with the traditions of the church.

Leadership

Our minister will conduct the funeral service. If he/she is away, there will be a neighbouring minister available to do the service. If, for a special reason, you wish to have another minister take part in the service, you are welcome to do so, in consultation with our minister or the worship and membership committee.

Music

Guest musicians are welcomed. Please consult with the minister and music director about where they will be in the order of service and where they will be located in the sanctuary.  Sound checks may be required.

It is customary to have two or three congregational hymns during the service but not necessary.  Upon request and availability, members of the Central choir will attend to assist with congregational singing.

Family

Private space will be provided for the family before the service.

Please feel free to ask a family member or friend to do a Eulogy. We also welcome the participation of family and friends in the service through the reading of scripture or singing solos, or other readings such as poetry.

Funeral Home involvement

If you are not using the services of a funeral home and wish to have bulletins, a guest book or ushers, this will be your responsibility as the church does not supply them.

Flowers 

Flowers may be delivered to the church.

PLEASE NOTE:  DUE TO ALLERGY SENSITIVITIES, WE STRONGLY DISCOURAGE THE USE OF LILIES IN THE BUILDING.

Service Groups/Associations/etc.

Many people are active in organizations outside of the church. The decision to involve them in the service is with the family of the deceased, but please notify our minister when you are meeting to prepare the service.

Photographs and Videos

Taking pictures and videos of the service are prohibited.  We have live streaming capability and video copies of the service may be obtained.  Please talk to the minister or staff about this possibility.

Committal Service

This brief service may be arranged at a time agreed upon by the family, minister and funeral home.

Reception

Following the memorial service or committal a reception may be helpful in allowing us to be surrounded by the love of family and friends. Upon request, a funeral “lunch” may be held in the church auditorium and can be catered by the United Church Women’s group upon request.

Memorial Donations

When memorial donations are made to Central United Church, the name of the loved one will be recorded in the Church’s Memorial Book and the family will be informed.

Fees

Please discuss this with the Funeral Home.

 

We hope these guidelines will assist you in your planning. We are honoured to be able to serve you at this time of need. May God comfort you in your sorrow and may the support of friends and community be a blessing to you.

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