Funeral & Memorial Services

Funerals and memorial observances are services of worship conducted in witness to the resurrection and in celebration and remembrance of a life that has ended. Such services usually include praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life, affirmation of our trust in God’s gift of life eternal in Jesus Christ, words of comfort to those who mourn, and the remembering of the life that has ended.

Services are conducted for all members of First Presbyterian Church and their immediate family (generally parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings and children). In special circumstances, funerals or memorial services may be conducted for non-members.

Funerals and memorial services are most appropriately conducted in the Sanctuary or Gathering Space of First Presbyterian Church. The sanctuary seats approximately 300 people, the gathering space approximately 50. Services are usually scheduled for mid to  late morning, or early afternoon.   Appropriate fees will be charged for services provided by the church and a suggested honorarium for the pastor leading the worship service.

To arrange for a funeral or memorial service, contact our Head of Staff, Pastor Heather Hayes at 319-364-6148.  Our Pastor will meet with the family or friends of the deceased to plan the service and offer pastoral care.