In the Sanctuary at Central Presbyterian Church

At the center of our Christian faith is the Resurrection. On Easter Sunday we sing and we proclaim that “Jesus Christ is risen today.” When a loved one dies, no matter what the age, we may be filled with sorrow, even anguish. Followers of Christ ultimately claim hope in the resurrection of the dead.


If you haven’t already done so, you will need to choose which funeral home and funeral director to use. Funeral directors are a good help in moving through the maze of things that need to be done at the time of death.

Always talk to the pastor before deciding on the date and time for the service. The pastor will help you coordinate dates and times with the church calendar and musicians. Meet with the pastor at your home or at the church.

Contact appropriate family members and friends. Ask someone to be with you and help you (maybe answering the phone, running errands, etc.).


When to have the service
Traditionally, memorial services were held 3-5 days after a person had died. However, it is becoming increasingly convenient for family and friends to hold memorial services on Saturdays when staff is not regularly available. If you desire a Saturday service, it is recommended that you select 2-3 possible Saturdays for a better chance that a Saturday that will work can be scheduled.

Where to have the service
Services are held in the chapel (seats up to 80), and in the sanctuary (seats 500). Sometimes the service is held at a funeral home. At other times it is appropriate to have a gathering at graveside only.

Who ushers?
Deacons will be ushers.


When requested, the Church can provide coffee and tea for receptions that are held at Central after a Service. It is the responsibility of family and friends to provide other non-alcoholic beverages, the food, and all disposable products such as plates, toothpicks, napkins, utensils, cold  and hot beverage cups.

Some people choose to hire a caterer, and occasionally, people choose to hire a person to help serve and clean up afterward. The church office shall be notified about the arrangements the family has made, and be given contact information of the responsible persons. The family shall check with the church office prior to finalizing details with outside vendors.

Receptions are held in the Fellowship Room which provides standing room for 60-80 people. If more space is needed we will also use a portion of the adjoining auditorium.
Often, as part of celebrating the life of the person who is no longer with us, families and friends choose to place pictures and other memorable items in the Fellowship Room for everyone to see. We can provide tables or easels to display some of these items when requested in advance.

Sometimes, family and friends provide a floral arrangement for the reception. However, often an appropriate choice is to move flowers from the service into the Fellowship Room, and if this is to be done, the family shall designate somebody other than church staff or deacons to move them at the end of the service.


The following information is provided for your convenience.


Adrian’s Caterers
1100-08 East 2nd Street
Plainfield NJ 07062
(908) 313-6568

Batavia Café
356 Springfield Ave
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 918-0100

Kings Supermarket
784 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 598-4502

ShopRite Supermarket
727 Morris Turnpike
Springfield, NJ 07081
(973) 376-3028

Towne Delicatessen
810 Old Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 464-5400


Parker’s Petals
160 Broad Street
Summit, NJ 07901
(917) 597-3884

13 Ashwood Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 277-6333

Summit Hills Florist
789 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-1424

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

Scripture Passages That Are Often used at Services
Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd
Psalm 46 God is our refuge and our strength
Psalm 90:1-10, 12 Teach us to number our days
Psalm 121 I will lift up my eyes to the hills
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 For everything there is a season
Isaiah 40: 28-31 Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength
John 3: 16-21 God so loved the world
John 11:38-44 I am the resurrection and the life
John 14:1-6, 25-27 I go to prepare a place for you
Romans 6:3-9 Baptized into Christ’s death, raised to life with him
Romans 8:31-39 Nothing can separate us from the love of God
I Corinthians 15:3-8, 12-20a Christ raised from the dead
I Corinthians 15:20-24a In Christ shall all be made alive
I Corinthians 15:35-44 The natural body and the spiritual body
I Corinthians 15:50-57 We shall all be changed
Ephesians 2: I, 4-10 Saved by grace through faith
Revelation 21:1-5 A new heaven and a new earth

Hymns That Are Often Used at Services
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Abide With Me Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Amazing Grace Lead On, O King Eternal
Be Still My Soul O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Be Thou My Vision O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Blessed Assurance On Eagles Wings
For All the Saints Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
God of Our Life Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven
Here I Am Lord The King of Love My Shepherd Is
In The Garden The Lord’s My Shepherd
Of course, there are many other Scripture Passages and Hymns that could be used at a Service.

How are the music, the scripture, and readings chosen?
Ideally, the person who died will have left some suggestions for the service. The pastor, in consultation with designated family and friends, will choose the components of the service. A bulletin for mourners to follow the order of the service may be printed by the Central office staff or someone else chosen by the family.

A song leader is highly recommended when congregational hymns are chosen.

Are flowers required?
It is not necessary to have flowers. However, if flowers are desired, one arrangement is sufficient for the chapel and one or two arrangements for the sanctuary. Floral arrangements used in the worship space are often taken to the reception.

May we have a reception at church?
Yes, some receptions are held at the church after the service.

What is the Committal Service? When does it occur?
A Committal Service is brief and is held at the site where the remains will be interred: a cemetery; a columbarium; or a place like Central Presbyterian Church’s Memory Garden. The family may choose to hold the Committal Service either immediately before or immediately after the Memorial Service that celebrates the life of your loved one.

What are the fees?
The fees are as follows:
Deacon’s Fund $150 (suggested donation)
(Check payable to Central Presbyterian Church—Deacon’s Fund)
The following checks should be payable to the individual:

Organist $225
Instrumentalists $225
Soloist $150
Song Leader (no solo) $100
Pastor Honorarium
(at the discretion of the family)

Organist $275
Instrumentalists $225
Soloist $150
Song Leader (no solo) $100
Pastor Honorarium $300
Custodian: (one of the following payable to the church)
No reception $100
Small reception $150
Large reception $200


The Memory Garden is a sacred resting place for use by members, former members, and their immediate families. When desired, their ashes may find a permanent resting place within the shelter of this garden. The ashes are scattered and mixed in with the earth.

The names of those whose ashes are committed here are placed on a bronze plaque in the Memory Garden.

The Memory Garden will be maintained in perpetuity. A one time fee of $275.00 will cover the cost of the individual plaque with the remainder being placed in a fund for maintenance and purposes approved by the Memorials Committee.

Of course, other memorial gifts are gratefully accepted. For additional information, please speak with the pastor.

Memorial Donations

We welcome the designation of Central Presbyterian Church for memorial donations. Any memorial donations will be acknowledged to the donor and to a designated member of the family.

Memorial funds received by the church will be used to support the overall mission of Central Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations for other charities should be addressed directly to them.


…a sacred resting place…a place for quiet meditation…

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