The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage is an action of the Church as well as an event for a couple and their family and friends. It is our desire at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church to assist our members as they plan for their wedding so that the preparation time can be a period of growth in the understanding of Christian marriage. The service itself is a witness to our conviction that marriage was instituted by God Himself and that He does indeed bless those who make a sacred covenant with one another in His Name before His holy altar.
The St. Richard’s Church seats 250 people
The Chapel seats 25 people
The Church Hall seats up to 125 for receptions (at tables)
All people deserve a Christian burial. We at St. Richard’s are committed to providing time, space and appropriate liturgies to honor the lives of God’s people lived in this world and to celebrate new life with God.
Form of Service: The Book of Common Prayer provides two forms of the Burial Office.
Rite One that uses traditional language and Rite II that is more contemporary. Holy Eucharist: The sacrament of Holy Eucharist or Communion is traditionally part of a funeral service. It is optional and advised if it is the tradition of the family to receive communion.
Readings: the prayer book provides a selection of suggested readings. At least one reading from scripture must be included. Poems and other readings may also be included. Remembrances: After the readings we build in a time for family and friends to give a remembrance or eulogy .
Memorial Bulletins: A memorial bulletin will be provided by the church office. They are printed in black and white and can include a photo on the front cover of the deceased.
Music and Flowers
St. Richard’s has an organist that is prepared to play at funerals. Hymns are powerful reminders of God’s love . Sacred music is preferred and in consultation with the organist more popular music can also be used. The fee for the organist is $150. St. Richard’s also has a flower guild that is happy to provide flowers for funeral services. We ask that the flowers be left in the church for Sunday Morning and that a donation of $75 be made to cover the cost of the flowers.
Memorial Garden Burials
St. Richard’s has a Memorial Garden where we inter cremains. Plots are available for a $500 donation to the church. This includes a brass plaque with the person’s name and year of death on it. Interments can take place before or after a funeral service or on another day as the family desires.
Memory Brick - St. Richard’s Engraved Bricks…a unique and loving gift to the church
The inspiration to buy an engraved brick is different for each individual. Many people buy bricks to be engraved with their own names or their family members names. Others purchase engraved bricks to celebrate or remember a dear loved one. All bricks purchased will become a permanent part of our beautiful campus and the money raised through the purchase of your engraved brick will support the ministries of the church.
At Peace, At Home At St. Richard's Pet Cemetery
Our pets bring us so much joy to us, and some are dear to us as our very own family members. In light of this we have established a church pet cemetery allowing you to express you love and appreciation for your pet's loyalty and service through the years. Choose our cemetery because of its beautiful, natural setting.
Your pet will have a ash (cremains) interment in the ground marked by a personalized brick, the peaceful setting of our church grounds.
$75.00 Donation for interment*
$25.00 Additional donation for Memory Brick
Please make checks payable to: St. Richard's Episcopal Church
Memo line: Pet Cemetery
For more information contact Susan Sommers, 407-480-1069