Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many rooms.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself,
that where I am you may be also.
Christ Church Westshore believes very deeply in the Lord’s promise of eternal life to all who trust in and seek to be obedient to Christ. The services for the burial of the dead follow the format in the Book of Common Prayer. It is a solemn moment in the life of the church, not only as a reminder of physical mortality, but also as a time to give thanks again to God for the gift of eternal life through His Son.
When Death Occurs
When a death occurs, the church office or one of the parish clergy should be called at once so that the family may receive pastoral comfort and initial arrangements for the funeral can be made. Services may be held at Anchor Church, Bay Presbyterian Church, the funeral home or chapel, or other location deemed suitable by the clergy.
Because CCW shares worship space at Anchor and Bay Presbyterian, it is critical that the CCW office be contacted before finalizing funeral arrangements with the funeral director for a service at the church. Christ Church, Anchor and Bay Presbyterian seek to support the family and accommodate their scheduling needs whenever possible, but funeral arrangements should not be publicized prior to being confirmed with the CCW office.
There is no charge for the use of the church. There is a fee for the organist or pianist and an honorarium to the clergy is encouraged. Facilities for a reception after the service may be available but the family must arrange for any food or refreshments with an independent caterer. The CCW office can provide the names and contact information for several local caterers who are familiar with the facilities.