Memorials

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  — Psalm 46:1

Why have a service?

When a life comes to an end there is human need to observe that fact. The observance might be simple or elaborate, formal or informal, private or public. Whatever form it takes, the need is there. We are God’s children. Those who survive us will grieve for us and want to show respect to us. A service of thanks and praise does just that — it sets the life of the deceased in the context of Christian faith.

It helps all to see and remember that this person was a child of God. It helps the living express their thanks, their joy, and their grief. As such it helps the living carry on with their living, reminding them of the purpose and destiny of our lives here. Wellington Square is well prepared to serve people at the time of a death. We can help shape the service that is just right for those gathering.

Can anyone call the church to ask for a service?
Yes. Everyone is welcome to call. You need not be a member or adherent of Wellington Square. Ministry at the time of bereavement is a service of compassion and care that we offer to the community. We offer help with funeral and memorial services in the context of Christian faith.

What different types of services are offered?

Funeral Service: This is a service at which are present either the body or the cremated remains of the deceased.

Memorial Service: This is a service of praise and worship when neither the body nor the cremated remains are present. Very often pictures of the deceased are prominently placed.

Graveside Service: Some choose to gather family and friends at the grave when the body or the cremated remains are to be interred.

Celebrations of Life: In fact all the services are celebrations of life. All services praise and give thanks to God for the life lived. Some people prefer this designation to the other terms.

Where can these services be held?
The sanctuary at Wellington Square is available for any funeral, memorial, or celebration of life. One advantage of the sanctuary is that the celebration of life is in a place of regular, ongoing worship and praise. Music can be provided on either our Casavant organ or Young Chang grand piano, or both. Many appreciate that a service can be held in the sanctuary and then a reception can follow in St. Paul’s Hall or the Pritchard Room afterward.

A Graveside Service takes place in the cemetery.

Many people choose to have the service in the funeral home. Ministers from Wellington Square will do services in any funeral home that is chosen.

Reception at the church
A reception can be held after the service at Wellington Square. Details are arranged through the office regarding catering and room options.

Costs

Minister
The usual honorarium for the minister is $250.

Organist/Pianist
The usual honorarium for the organist/pianist is $150.

Custodian & Audio-Visual Technician
The cost for Custodian and AV Technician vary, depending on the day of the memorial and the musical complexity of the service. The administrator in the church office will advise you of costs for these personnel.

Reception
Cost of reception catering depends on food and beverages being served. The administrator in the church office will help you make catering plans and advise you of cost of reception rooms.

Sanctuary & Chapel
There is no cost for use of the sanctuary or chapel. Families not associated with the church may wish to make a donation to the operating fund of the church.

Please contact the office at 905-634-1849 or office@wsquare.ca to plan a memorial.