A memorial service is a service of worship of the Christian church. In the service we seek the presence of God so that God may act to bring comfort, strength, and peace to our lives.
For All People
Neighborhood Church is a "house of prayer for all people" and its availability does not depend on church membership, virtue, or social standing. Use of the church to celebrate a loved one's life is based solely on the availability of the sanctuary, the staff, and the use of the traditional Christian liturgy. A memorial service may also be held in a funeral home or in a private residence.
Role of the Pastor
At the time of death and immediate call to one of the pastors, no matter the hour, is appropriate. The experience of the ministers may be very helpful in making crucial decisions. The ministers will assist in every way they are capable.
The Memorial Service
The service expresses the Christian conviction of eternal life. Its content includes reading of prayers, scriptures, and poems as well as personal remembrances and a brief sermon. There is an abbreviated rite of committal at the closing of the service.
A graveside committal service may be either before or after the memorial service, at the family's request.
Many families choose to have a reception following a service either at their home, a restaurant, club,or at the church. The Women's Fellowship of Neighborhood Church offers a coffee, punch, and cookie reception in the Fellowship Hall to both member and non-member families.
There are expenses incurred by the church when a memorial service is performed. The costs vary according to the circumstances: whether the family is a member o r non-member of the church, whether there is to be a reception at the church, etc.
Please contact the Church Administrative Secretary for more information.