We are happy to offer the Cross Memorial Chapel for memorial services as our calendar allows. Our minister typically conducts these services, but not always. You are welcome to bring a family minister or other officiant(s) to your wedding. You are also welcome to use our chapel to create your own memorial without any officiant. General details are as follows below; please call the church office for more inquiry, and to schedule your service.
Costs: ~The cost for the chapel is $600. This may be given as a gift in memoriam to the church. ~Staff costs are: Northbrae minister (if used) $300. Northbrae organist $200. We ask that the family pay these rather than asking the church to bill the estate. We will provide an itemized list of costs upon request. ~A simple reception may be held following the memorial service, either in the Parlor which holds 80 guest, or Haver Hall which holds up tp 250 guests. The parlor fee is $350.00; Haver Hall fee is $550. We ask that your caterer will prepare the food elsewhere, bring it to the kitchen, and use the kitchen as a staging area from which to serve food at the reception. ~Plan to pay these fees to the church prior to the day of the service.
Service: ~If a Northbrae minister will preside, the family should consult with her regarding their wishes and preferences for the service. The minister will want to sit down with you for a 30 minute consultation to learn about your loved one being remembered, as well as to gather any special songs, poems or readings to be incorporated into the service. We will want to know approximately how many people will be in attendance. If you are not using Northbrae's minister, please communicate with the church administrator regarding any special needs in setting up the Chapel, and regarding any requests for the organist. We will want to have an estimate regarding the length of the service.
The day of the service: ~One family member should be at the Chapel one hour prior to the service to make decisions regarding floral arrangements, and to provide a guest book, if you are not working with a funeral home. ~We ask that other family and/or close friends be at the church no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the service. It is possible, if you wish, for family to gather in the Parlor before the designated time, and until all family members can enter the chapel at the same time. ~At the conclusion of the service, the family members may want to leave the Chapel before other guests. IF there will be a reception, the family can move into the reception area. If not, the family can greet guests in the entry of the Chapel. ~Before leaving the grounds, you may want to make some decisions about flower. Please take any or all of the arrangements. If you would like, arrangements can be left at the church in remembrance, and for other groups to enjoy. If a funeral home is involved, they frequently have mechanisms to deliver floral pieces to convalescent and nursing homes.
Memorial Gifts If memorial gifts are given to Northbrae by friends of the family, we will notify the family of these gifts. We will certainly thank the donors for the gifts to the church.
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