Funeral Guidelines

Introduction:

“In life, in death, in life beyond death; God is with us…”  (Excerpt – A New Creed of the United Church of Canada.)

 

Collier Street United Church is here to support you and work with you in honouring your loved one and in celebrating the love of God. We celebrate the lives of members and adherents and others connected to this congregation and community, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or economic status.  Collier is a Christian congregation and elements of the faith will be reflected in the worship service or interment.  We strive to be sensitive to other faith expressions.

 

The Worship Service

All funeral arrangements should be made through the church office with the ministry personnel.

The ministry personnel of Collier Street should be informed of the death and funeral arrangements of all members.

  • If the family requests another ministry personnel, as per the United Church of Canada Manual 2016, the resident ministry personnel will receive the request and make a decision as to their participation. The resident ministry personnel should be a part of the worship service in the sanctuary or church hall.

If the designated ministry personnel is not available, then another United Church of Canada ministry personnel will be asked to conduct the service and offer pastoral care.

Our ministry personnel will develop the order of the service or celebration of life in consultation with the family.

A service of worship – either a funeral or memorial service – may be held in the sanctuary or the chapel.

The following supporting services are available:

  • musicians,
  • printed order of service, and
  • interment.

 

 Funeral Music

The family will discuss with the ministry personnel the music for the service. After meeting the ministry personnel, the office will contact the Music Director/Organist or designate re suitable music for our worship space including the options for special music and solo.

Memorial Gifts:

Memorial gifts from family and friends in memory of the deceased may be directed to Collier Street United Church or to the Collier Street United Capital Campaign.  This Fund is managed by the Board of Trustees and the proceeds of the fund are used to support special projects and needs for both the church building and the church’s on-going ministry.  Income tax receipts will be issued to all persons making a donation in excess of $20.00.

Receptions:

Receptions are available by contacting the church office. The United Church Women will be in charge of the arrangements of receptions which is $8 per person.  This includes sandwiches, pickles, grapes, cheese, squares, coffee/tea and juice.  Fruit tray and vegetables are at an additional cost of $8.50 per person.

Reception payments are to be made payable to Collier Street United Church Women. This cheque may be given to the reception staff or left at the church office.  Receipts can be emailed to the family.

Funeral Costs & Honoraria:

Helping you in this stressful time is the primary concern of the congregation, but there are financial aspects that need to be considered also, which may be at least $800.   See the office for further information.

All payments should be directed to the church office. Please make cheque payable to Collier Street United Church.

Grieving:

The ministry personnel and/or trained personnel are available to you at any time as you journey through the process of grief. Feel free to contact the church office at 1-705-726-1511 and leave a message (name, number and brief message) on our ministry personnel confidential voice mail. Your call will be responded to in a timely manner.  You can also send an email to hholmes@collierunited.ca or officeadmin@collierunited.ca.  Please be reminded that …

“…You are not alone, thanks be to God.”  (Excerpt – A New Creed of the United Church of Canada – Sic.)