Memorial Services

How do I plan a memorial service at the church?

You may be assured that our staff is here to help you throughout this difficult time. There are many decisions to be made...and we will help. The first step is to make contact with the funeral home of your choice.  If you need a partial listing of those in our immediate area, a list can be provided.

Who do I contact?

You may contact the church office from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, at (510) 537-4690 x251 or by e-mail (inquiries@3crosses.org). Please share with us the date and time you request for a service, keeping in mind when we have support staff available (see available times below). The Office Manager will contact you shortly thereafter.

Available times?

We can host memorials/funerals during the week, Monday-Friday, 10AM-3PM. These are times when we have support staff available.

What makes up the program of a typical memorial service at Neighborhood Church?

The program may vary, depending on the family's wishes, with favorite hymns, songs or scripture incorporated into the service, but a typical memorial service includes the following elements:
 

  • Welcome and prayer
  • Scripture reading
  • Song
  • Eulogy and remembering, open mic
  • Song
  • Message of Hope
  • Prayer
  • Closing remarks, dismissal

If you choose to have the memorial/funeral service at Neighborhood Church, one of our pastors is required to officiate the entire service. All memorials/funerals present the hope found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and a distinctively Christian message.

What is the length of a memorial service?

Usually a service will run from 40 to 90 minutes, depending on the length of the eulogy and open mic time of remembering.
 

Can you recommend any songs?

Some songs of comfort and hope include Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, In the Garden, and His Eye is on the Sparrow.
 

What Scriptures should be used?

Favorites include Psalm 23, Psalm 121:1-2, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
 

Are programs provided?

Programs detailing the order of the service are usually provided by the funeral home. A family member may choose to design and provide a more personalized program.
 

Can we put up a photo or memorabilia display?

The family may provide memorabilia or a photo board to display before and during the service. The church will provide an easel or small table, upon request.
 

What is the charge for a memorial service?

A single donation for the use of the facility and staff services is appropriate. Donations may be given to the church office or the pastoral officiant.
 

What are my options for a reception?

Most commonly, a reception will be held in the family home following the service. Close friends are often asked to coordinate refreshments such as sandwiches, cake and coffee. In some cases, it is possible to hold the reception at the church facility if you are a member of Neighborhood Church; availability must be coordinated through the church office and pastor and verified by the facility management.
 

Does Neighborhood Church offer any support groups?

We offer support and care for you through our GriefShare program. GriefShare will give you hope and encouragement for the future.