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Marriage and Remembrance Services
At First Church we believe that God is with us at every moment of our lives, making them holy. For many, the sacred passages of birth, marriage and death are moments when God’s presence is especially needed and felt. If you are looking for pastoral support and guidance, or you just need hospitality for a gathering of family and friends, we have resources at hand.
At First Church in Cambridge, we believe that God blesses ALL couples who seek to join together in faithful covenant. Gay or straight, interracial, interfaith, or all of the above, we will be happy to work with you to explore the issues of marriage with you and to plan your wedding. Read more about our Open and Affirming stance here.
If you are planning a wedding, congratulations! First Church in Cambridge offers sanctuary and reception hall reservation, as well as pastoral counseling and marriage preparation assistance. Please call the office at (617) 547-2724 to inquire about space availability or to schedule a meeting with a pastor. You can learn about obtaining a marriage license in the City of Cambridge, here.
Funerals and Memorial Services
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 call the office at (617) 547-2724.