At Covenant, memorial and funeral services are services of worship in which we give witness to the resurrection and thanksgiving to God for the life of the departed.
At Covenant, we consider the following when planning a funeral:
- We encourage church members and their families to have the service at the church. A Christian’s funeral or memorial service in the church is appropriate because it gives a balanced perspective of death. In the church, we baptize, marry, worship and gather for fellowship in the name of the God who gives us life. This enables us to see that death is a natural part of life, and that for Christians, death does not have the final word.
- The funeral or memorial series is a service of witness to the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Committal may follow or precede the service as preferred. At a funeral service, the body or ashes of the deceased is present. At a memorial service, neither the body nor the ashes are present.
- Music should be sacred and appropriate for a service of Christian worship. Covenant’s music director will secure the organist/pianist for all memorial or funeral services, and will make suggestions for soloists.
- Covenant does not charge for the use of its facilities for memorial or funeral services. There are fees associated with the professional participating in the service (i.e. musicians and pastors).
- If the family desires, Covenant’s Diaconate will host a small reception for family members and friends following the service.
Planning Your Funeral
Many decisions must be made in preparing for a funeral. Covenant members have the option to plan their own funerals. If you choose to do this, we keep your information in a confidential file until needed. Our pastors will visit with you regarding your wishes if you need guidance.
To find out more about funeral and memorial services, contact Mary Helen Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 334-3018.