Funerals and Memorial Services

Everyone deals differently with grief. The clergy, staff and people of St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Worthington, Ohio, will do our best to assist you with a funeral or a memorial service.

Please call the church office soon after the death. This will allow us to begin our prayers and
to begin the preparation for the service. Either speak to the priest directly, or leave important
information with our office coordinator, 614-846-5180.

In the Episcopal Church, funerals are done at the convenience of the family and the staff. There is no need to rush the burial. It is recommended that you allow time to plan a service that is right for your situation.

In our tradition, funerals (when either the body or ashes are present) and memorial services
(when neither the body or the ashes are present) are typically done in the worship space of the
church, called the nave. Due to our theology and to our tradition, we do not allow open caskets in the church. If the family prefers, the service can be done at the funeral home, although this does limit what can be offered.

The liturgy for the service comes from the Book of Common Prayer. Hymns are selected from
approved Episcopal hymnals and, on occasion, from other sources. The church organist, or
her substitute, will be available to assist with the service. In addition to hymns, and scripture
readings and prayers, The Holy Eucharist is typically included in the service. A homily may be

Before or following the service, our hospitality committee would be honored to offer a reception for the family. Light refreshments would be served.

As in other most Episcopal worship services, flower arrangements may be placed on the altar.
Additional flowers are not necessary and are not encouraged.

Funerals and memorial services are generally not done on Sundays.


We encourage our parishioners to pre-plan their funerals or memorials services. If you are
interested in doing so, please make an appointment to see the Rector to discuss your interests.
Records of your funeral plan will be kept in the church office.


For those considering cremation, St. John’s does offer niche spaces for sale in our Columbarium Wall. The St. John’s, Worthington, Columbarium Wall is behind the main church building. The Wall surrounds our historical graveyard, a beautiful and peaceful place. Our office coordinator can provide more information about how to purchase a niche in the Columbarium Wall.