Services at Calvary Church

Please inform the Clergy as soon as possible after a death, no matter what the hour.  The clergy will assist the family and funeral director in making arrangements for the burial.

Funeral or Memorial Service Guidelines of The Book of Common Prayer

The funeral or memorial service follows the guidelines of The Book of Common Prayer.  Family members and friends are invited to take part in the service by reading lessons and the prayers. One or two remembrances by family members of friends may be offered. A homily or sermon, which emphasizes the comfort of our faith, may also be preached. It should be remembered that the funeral service is a public statement of the Christian faith and hope in the Resurrection.

Floral Arrangements

Floral arrangements for a funeral or memorial service should not be more elaborate than on a normal Sunday. The coffin is sealed before it is brought into the church. During the funeral the coffin is covered with the pall.  Floral arrangements sent to the family by friends will be placed at the baptismal font or by the main doors of the church.

Guest Clergy

At the request of the family, clergy from other churches may be invited to take part in a funeral or memorial service. An invitation to participate will be extended by the clergy of Calvary Church.

Reception Following A Service

Many families wish to have a reception after the funeral to greet friends. The church is happy to provide space for this in the Parish House.