Making arrangements for a funeral at Brecksville United Methodist Church


As you decide on the location for a funeral or memorial service, consult with the pastor and the funeral home making the arrangements about the best location. The funeral home may be better for a more intimate group, or more comfortable when a person was not involved in the church. The church can be right for a larger service, or for someone who had an active faith life. A service may be held in the sanctuary, accommodating up to 250 easily, or a tiny service can be held in the chapel (up to 40 people).

Arrangements for a church service:

Arrange with the funeral home how they will be involved in the service at the church. This may include setting up flowers and casket, register and memorial cards, greeting guests and arranging a cemetery procession. In making arrangements for the service itself in the church, plan to discuss music with the pastor and make decisions about a bulletin. The parlor is available for viewing before the service, at the family’s preference.

Arranging for a reception or meal:

The United Methodist Women will provide as a service to the family of church members a reception following a funeral or memorial service, which will include beverages and light refreshments such as cookies. If the family would like a meal, the women will assist in set up and with beverages and can direct you to businesses that can cater a meal for you. Please contact Mary Kotnik directly to make arrangements: 330-467-4834, or 330-256-3262. This is a ministry provided by the women, but as they are a mission organization, a gift to the United Methodist Women is appropriate.

Fees for a church funeral or memorial service:

A $150 honorarium is appropriate for each pastor involved. The church building use fee is waived for church members. In other cases, the fee to use the sanctuary is $150, for the chapel it is $100. When the church building and staff are involved, the following fees are requested: $150 per musician, $50 for the custodian. If more than standard music and accompaniment is planned, the family should make those arrangements directly with the musician or music director.