Funerals & Memorial Services
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
As Christians, we live in the hope and reality that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ – nothing in life; nothing in death. Still, one of the hardest things we face in this life is the death of a loved one.
The clergy, staff, and pastoral care team at St. Michael’s offer their caring support and expertise to individuals and families through those difficult days. Our love and care begins with helping to plan the service to celebrate your loved one’s life and continues afterward to help support you during the grieving process in one of our pastoral care classes.
Services may take place in either the Chapel or the Church and interment may take place before or after the liturgy in St. Michael’s Churchyard or another location of your choosing. St. Michael’s Hall (formerly Fellowship Hall) is available for simple receptions following the ceremony. Our pastoral care staff can suggest catering options if you are interested.
Prior to or at the time of death, please contact the Parish Office at 6102597871 and one of our clergy will be in contact with you immediately.
GUIDELINES & FEES
PLANING A SERVICE
Guidelines for a Funeral & Memorial Service
The Rector or an Associate must give approval before scheduling a funeral or memorial service at St. Michael’s. Please call the church office at 610-259-7871.
It is customary in the Episcopal Church for the funeral pall to cover the casket during the service as everyone is treated equally in the sight of God. The casket remains closed through the service.
Planning a Memorial Service
The St. Michael’s Hall is available for receptions. Please call the church office at +1 610-259-7871 to make arrangements if you are interested.
The family is also welcome to have a catered reception. The choice of a caterer is entirely made by the family, who assumes all responsibility. Soft drinks, wine and beer are allowed. No hard alcohol permitted. Please advise the church office if a reception is planned.
Additional flowers arrangements in the narthex may be moved to St. Michael’s Hall for the Reception.
The family is responsible for the flower arrangements. All altar arrangements must be in St. Michael’s vases. Liners are available from the church to be taken and used by the florist. It is suggested there be no more than two large arrangements for the altar. All other flower arrangements will remain outside, flanking the door to the Church or in the Chapel narthex. If you need suggestions on where to purchase flowers, please call the church office at 610-259-7871