Cary United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 08, 2022
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Funeral and Memorial

The pastors, staff, prayer groups and the congregation extend our deepest sympathy to anyone who lost a loved one. All wish to offer their services to you in your time of special need.

Funeral Service

The Christian funeral service is the final dedication of a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, and, like the first dedication at baptism, occurs as an act of worship. The Gospel of Jesus Christ meets our deepest grieves and anxieties about death with an even deeper hope.

The congregation and its pastors want to minister to families on the occasion of death. When a loved one dies, we hope you will call one of our pastors as soon as his or her presence would be helpful to you, regardless of the hour. Pastors may be reached by contacting them directly or by contacting the church office at (847) 639-7627.

The Funeral as Worship, Thanksgiving and Memory

The Christian funeral is a service of worship in which we thank God for the gifts of life, including those that extend beyond death. And we especially give God thanks for this special person who lived among us and who now, even in death, continues in God's love and care, and lives on in our memory.

The Service

While recommending the service in The United Methodist Church Book of Worship, our pastors are happy to plan with you a service that meets your particular needs and wishes.

The pianist and organist are available upon request to assist in the service.

Funeral Procedures

  • The death of a member of the church should be reported to Rev. Dr. Norval Brown as soon as possible, and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with them.
  • Services are appropriate in our Sanctuary, at a Funeral Home, or at graveside.
  • Wherever the service is held, it is appropriate that the casket be closed prior to the service.
  • Since Christians from the beginning have believed "what is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable ... it is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body" (I Corinthians 15:42), cremation or the contribution of the remains for medical research presents no problem to the Christian faith. For such occasions, a memorial service in the Sanctuary or Chapel can be arranged.
  • The music should reflect the strength of our faith in the victory of Jesus Christ. Additional Procedures for Funerals and Memorial Services within the Church Sanctuary
  • The altar, cross, baptismal font and pulpit will remain in their positions of prominence in the funeral service as the traditional symbols of the Christian faith.
  • The flower is a symbol of the resurrection of our Lord. The use of flowers is appropriate for a funeral, as for every worship event in the church. Let the family itself furnish flowers for the flower stands in the sanctuary. Other flowers may be displayed in the church narthex and at the graveside
  • The funeral director shall be responsible for the immediate removal of all flowers upon completion of the service.
  • We encourage friends and family to express their love and remembrance with a contribution to the Cary United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or other charitable cause.


UMW Funeral Luncheon/Dinner Committee

The funeral Luncheon/Dinner Committee is under the umbrella of the UMW. Deb Kraemer is the coordinator.  You may contact her to discuss cost and make arrangements by calling the church office (847) 639-7627.
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