Gatherings for weddings and funerals have been severely impacted by Covid-19.
Please contact the church office for more information.
Funerals and Memorial Services
Christian Burial is available as a service to the bereaved members of the congregation and their families. The use of the church building for this service is encouraged. The pastor is available for comfort and counsel as needed. Arrangements through the funeral director are a matter of choice and conscience. This service can be provided for non-members at the discretion of the pastor.
Fee Structure: Funerals/Memorials
|Organist||$175Paid through funeral home||$200Paid through funeral home|
Funerals During COVID-19 State of Emergency
For Christians, gathering to mourn the dead, celebrate their life and proclaim the hope of Resurrection are essential practices of our faith. During the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID19 outbreak, our usual mourning rituals have been interrupted. We think of those women on that first Easter, who went to follow their familiar mourning ritual to anoint Jesus’s body, to find it disrupted. We remember their initial shock and confusion and feel it, too. We’re waiting to feel the hope of resurrection. In times of trial like the death of a loved one, we turn to the familiar practices and rituals of our faith and ancestors. And so we know that this disruption for a grieving community is doubly hard. We grieve this disruption with you.
During the COVID19 outbreak, on March 7, 2020 New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency and cancelled gatherings to limit the spread of the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control has recommended no gatherings larger than 10 people.
Until the State of Emergency is lifted, we will be limited in our funeral practices in the following ways:
Viewing/Wake: We are not able to accommodate a wake at this time.
Funeral: We are not able to host a funeral service at the church at this time.
Graveside: The pastor will officiate at a graveside service where all people practice social distancing of 6 feet between one another.
Reception: We are not able to host a meal following the funeral at this time.
While we are limited in what we are able to host at this time, we are able to plan for memorials after the pandemic has passed. We would welcome the opportunity to host a memorial service for your loved one at a later date when we can all safely gather and celebrate their life.