Information Regarding Funerals / Memorial Services / Celebrations of Life
Westworth United Church is open to all who seek support in dealing with the death of loved ones. Empowered by its faith in the promise of resurrection, the Church confronts the reality of death, consoles the bereaved, and offers thanks to God for the life of the deceased. These notes of grief, hope and thanksgiving sound forth in a Christian funeral service.
The minister of Westworth United Church will preside over all services held within the church. All arrangements are to be made through the minister, including the time and date of the service, the order of service, the choice of hymns and the participation of others (laity, clergy, musicians).
As per United Church tradition, the coffin will be closed for the service. If the deceased is cremated, we encourage the ashes to be present for the service so that they may be blessed and commended into God’s keeping. Please discuss these arrangements with the minister.
We have both a piano and organ available. Normally, our church organist plays for funerals. Once you have spoken with the minister, you are invited to discuss details of the music with the organist. You may arrange to have a soloist, or ask the organist to arrange a soloist. You may ask permission of the church organist to have another organist or pianist play in “exceptional” circumstances. However, you will be expected to pay the organist fees even if your choice of musician plays in her stead.
Flowers may be delivered to Westworth United Church. Please call the church at 489-6974 to arrange a convenient time for delivery. When selecting flowers please note that due to allergy concerns you are asked to avoid Lilies and other heavy scented florals.
A fee for bulletins and copy charges range from $25 to $30 depending on the number required. This cheque should be separate from the above but also made out to Westworth United Church.
1. For the Church Organist $ 160.00
Additional fee for extra preparation (e.g. rehearsing with soloist) $ 50.00
2. For the Church Soloist (if applicable) $ 80.00
3. For the Custodian $ 85.00
4. For the Minister $ 200.00
5. Reception-(use of room and hospitality service)
1-50 people (parlour) $ 75.00
50-150 people (gym) $ 150.00
Over 150 people (gym) $ 200.00
Contributions for the use of the sanctuary ($275.00) or chapel ($100.00), as you are able to give, are appreciated.
One cheque for the total amount of fees may be made payable to Westworth United Church. Please check with the church office to confirm the amount.
We hope this information is helpful as you plan your loved one’s service. Please feel free to discuss any of the items, or other questions that arise, with the Minister.