Funerals and Memorial Services
Ministers affiliated with the First Congregational Church may perform funeral services in the Church Sanctuary for anyone. It is not necessary to be a member or financial supporter of the Church in order for a funeral or memorial service to be held in our Sanctuary.
Services must be performed by clergy affiliated with our Church, except by permission and participation by our ministers.
Our Sanctuary seats approximately 400 for funerals, and is furnished with an excellent pipe organ. The use of the organ for a funeral service is at the sole discretion of the Minister of Music, who must approve of anyone that is to play the instrument. If the Minister of Music’s services are requested, a separate fee is required. Other musical accompaniment that is acceptable to the presiding minister may also be arranged. We also have a small chapel that seats approximately 35 persons if a more intimate setting is preferred.
Fees for professional services are set by the Church, and are payable to the clergy and staff involved. There is also a modest fee to cover the cost of the sexton's services during the service.
If desired, arrangements may be made to hold an after-service reception in Centennial Hall. We do not provide catering services, but we have a large institutional kitchen for caterers to use for preparing and serving meals. Please contact the Church Office for current pricing.
If you are in need of facilities to hold a funeral or memorial service, please contact our (914) 238-4411 or email the Church office to arrange a meeting with our clergy.