The Church’s Ministry at Death

As the church embraces us in our baptism and throughout our Christian life, it embraces us in our dying and death with the assurance of resurrection to eternal life.

The Christian Service of Death and Resurrection is a worship service. God is the focus. The beloved and our grief are set within the context of the faith, hope and love that God’s grace makes available to us.

The church is where the significant events and transitions in life are held. It is where the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are received. It is where confirmation and marriage are celebrated. There we are surrounded by the symbols of our faith. It reminds us of the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) that has gone before us and surrounds us.

Funeral Guild

The Bible assures us that God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we may comfort others as we have been comforted. God’s assurance and our response to that assurance is the foundation for the Franklin First UMC Funeral Guild ministry.

Funeral Guild church members will be present at the time of the visitation and funeral service to provide support to our families. We realize that the grief associated with death continues after the funeral concludes so Funeral Guild members will also continue to provide a ministry of care. That care may include help connecting to one of the many ministries offered by our church, services that may be needed within our community or a listening ear and a cup of coffee!

Training will be provided for persons interested in the service of the Funeral Guild. Please contact Karen Hunter by email at or call 615-260-8378.