Memorial or Funeral Service
Planning The Service
Our clergy staff can lead and assist in planning a memorial or funeral service. A memorial service usually involves a worship celebration with an urn after cremation and/or no coffin. A funeral service is a worship celebration with the coffin present. Burial services can precede or follow the funeral service. The services are similar in format. Our clergy will assist you in choosing scripture, music, hymns, etc. We very much want the service to be a celebration of your loved one’s life and a time to worship God. Clergy will meet with you and your family to plan the service and make arrangements. We do provide ushers to assist with services at Kingswood. In addition, altar cloths and banners will reflect the church season. Our clergy can lead services off-site.
Other Details & Arrangements
Tables for displays and photos are available. Flowers are welcome for the service. You are invited to arrange for their use after the service. Power Point/Video presentations are possible, but they should be on a flash drive/DVD and delivered to the church office at least two days before the service. We do not provide a guest sign-in book.
Memorial Gifts at Kingswood
Remembering and honoring someone with a memorial gift to Kingswood Church can be a sacred way to give thanks for a dear friend or loved one.
Kingswood seeks to love God and serve others through various ministries and mission opportunities. You can ask persons to make memorial donations in memory of your friend or loved one. Church staff will keep records of those donations and send thank you cards to them. We can also provide you with a list that allows you to thank the donors personally. The memorial fund for your loved one can support outreach ministries like our homeless shelter, Food Pantry, disaster relief, or annual Mission Trips. The donations could also support scholarships, Children's Ministry, the memorial garden, Parents Day Out, the Kingswood Endowment, and many other opportunities. Memorials can also be used for special projects and building/facility needs.
You can visit further with clergy staff in more detail about your decision about a memorial and its use.
Costs & Arrangements
For Members and Friends
- Use of the Sanctuary – Complimentary
- Printed Programs – Complimentary
- Sound Technician - $50
- Organist - $150
- Soloist -$150
- Clergy Honorarium – At your discretion
For Those Beyond Kingswood
- Use of Sanctuary - $120
- Printed Programs - $100
- Sound Technician - $40
- Organist - $150
- Soloist - $150
- Custodial Fee -$100
- Clergy Honorarium – Suggested $200
Meals and Receptions
The United Methodist Women (UMW) can provide a cookie/punch reception in the Fireside Room or a simple meal before or after the service in the Activity Center. The cost for the reception is $3 per person. The cost for the meal is $5 per person served. Checks should be made payable to United Methodist Women and given to the hostess the day of the service. The meal includes sandwiches, salads, desserts, and relish trays. Both include coffee, punch, and water. These funds support various mission projects and outreach.