First Church offers many resources for times of loss, including pastoral care, grief counseling, and funeral and memorial services.
A funeral service takes place soon after a death has occurred. It is generally religious in nature, with prayers, scripture readings, words of reflection and music that lift up the presence and power of God in matters of life and death, and particularly in the life of the deceased. It is a service not only of mourning but also of hope in the promises of God. It may be followed by a cemetery service of committal.
A memorial service may be held weeks or even months following a death, depending on circumstances. While prayers and scripture may be included, the emphasis in a memorial service is more on the life of the deceased and his or her relationships. It is a chance for the community to give fuller expression to their gratitude and love, and to say a final farewell.
To inquire about pastoral services related to loss, or to check on availability of space for a remembrance service, please contact the church office.