The name of the service on the occasion of death is “The Service of Witness to the Resurrection,” clearly stating our fundamental belief that in Christ, death has been conquered and the promise of eternal life is affirmed. Whether the casket is present or not, neither the name nor the purpose of the service change.
As Christians, our theology shapes not only our beliefs about death, but also how we celebrate the life of the one who has died. We acknowledge that death brings loss, sorrow, and grief to all. However, in the face of death, Christians affirm with tears and joy the hope of the gospel.
At the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, we do not bear bereavement in isolation, but are sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit in our community of faith. We offer a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve. We need to grieve in order to be open to the healing help God offers.
The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church opens our doors to those who may wish to hold a Service of Witness to the Resurrection in our sanctuary or chapel.
For a complete overview of our beliefs, practices, and polices concerning scheduling and conducting a funeral or memorial service at this church, please see the booklet The Service of Witness to the Resurrection, and the accompanying fee schedule.
Please know that our pastors stand ready to assist you at every stage of your life’s journey, including making preparations for death. Please feel free to contact any one of them for information, assistance, or to clarify your desires.