Funerals at Trinity Church
The burial of a Christian is an occasion of both sorrow and joy—our sorrow in the face of death, and our joy in Jesus’ promise of the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. As the burial liturgy proclaims, “life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.”
The Christian burial liturgy looks forward to eternal life rather than backward to past events. It does not primarily focus on the achievements or failures of the deceased; rather, it calls us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and his triumph over death, even as we celebrate the life and witness of the deceased.
-The Book of Common Prayer 2019
Our funeral service is a solemn and beautiful liturgy that usually includes Holy Communion. Families are also invited to hold a vigil service the night before the funeral. The Rectors will work with you to make sure the service is meaningful and reflects the wishes of the deceased. The Rectors are also available to do a graveside service.
We can accommodate up to 150 people for a reception or luncheon in our Parish Hall. We will provide tables, chairs & kitchen facilities. You will need to provide all table coverings, paper products, food & drink (other than coffee.) Caterers are welcome. (This service will be offered again once the COVID restrictions have lifted).
There are certain minimal fees for music and using the Hall. We charge non-members for the service and minister’s time but we do not charge current members for this because it is an important part of our ongoing pastoral support of you.
If members wish to make a donation to the church or to the officiating minister you can always speak to the church office or to your funeral director about what people typically give but we have no expectations.