Bereavement Ministry

Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church

Funeral Policy

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be conformed .” Matthew 5:4

The Pastor, Deacons and Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church family have joined in prayer as you grieve the passing of your loved one. May you know the Lord’s comfort and may His love surround you during this time of loss.

Policy and Procedures

We realize that this is a sensitive time, so the following procedures have been established to ensure that a timely and compassionate response is provided. Please understand that the funeral policy has been put in place so that we may best serve you.

We will do our very best to honor your requests as we remember that Home Going Services are worship services designed to comfort and encourage the family, and bring Glory and Honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Who should I contact?

The family of the deceased should contact the Minister of Congregational Care. The Church Secretary may secure information that is needed to assist the church in making funeral arrangements and forward the information to the MCC, who will attempt to schedule a personal visit with the family.  The MCC will then determine availability of the Pastor and the Minister of Worship and Arts and communicate this information to the family.

Funerals for Members and Non-Members

The following services are available for members and their nuclear family members (spouse and children):

Use of Sanctuary

Clergy to officiate service

Music (musicians, choir or soloist, if available)

Programs (up to 150 color programs)

Use of Lower Level Auditorium for repast

RSMBC will cover cost for 50 people.

Family of deceased will be assessed $8.50 per person over 50 people.

The following services are available for non-members:

Use of Sanctuary. Rental fee is $250.00.

Clergy to officiate service. Honorarium is $125.00

Music (musicians, choir or soloist, if available). Honorarium is $300.00

Programs ($50.00 for 150 color programs.  Additional fees will apply for programs exceeding 150)

Use of Lower Level Auditorium for repast, if space is available.

Family of deceased will be assessed $8.50 per person. (Minimum of 50 people required.)

Please Note: Families are not permitted to bring food for the repast and feeding limit may not exceed 200 people.  Fees must be paid at least 48 hours in advance. No personal checks.

Catering Arrangements
The menu includes chicken, macaroni and cheese, another starch, green beans, rolls, dessert
and beverage. Table set up and utensils are also provided.

Please Note: The status of membership will be confirmed by the Minister of
Congregational Care and/or Church Secretary. Only those individuals who have completed
requirements for membership and are active members will be considered members of
RSMBC. If there is no current record of membership then the deceased will be identified as a
non-member and the family will be assessed fees as noted in the policy.
Date and Time of Funerals
Dates and times for funerals at RSMBC are to be arranged in consultation with the Pastor
based on availability and the preferences of the family. The Pastor will approve all funeral
arrangements at RSMBC. Decisions concerning areas outside the scope of this funeral policy
shall be decided at the discretion of the Pastor. Also note that funeral services will need to
be planned around already scheduled events such as weddings, conferences, trainings, etc.
Viewings will take place on the day of the funeral. The deceased will lay in state for two
hours prior to the start of the funeral.
Who Will Officiate?
The Pastor of RSMBC officiates all funerals at Rodman unless by agreement another
Pastor/minister is invited to share in the funeral or act on behalf of the Pastor. Any
requests for another Pastor or minister to officiate or assist in the service must be approved
by the Pastor.

Funeral Music
As with weddings, a funeral is a service of Christian worship. Only music appropriate to a
worship service will be used. Therefore, taped instrumental and accompaniment music,
guest soloists and guest musicians must be approved by the Minister of Worship and Arts.

Floral Arrangements
A plant and Letter of Condolence will be sent on behalf of the church when a nuclear family
member (spouse and children) passes. In the event that a member’s parent or sibling
passes the church will send a Letter of Condolence.

Revised Policy March 5, 2019

Join Us

Join us in the Sanctuary at 7:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. for our Praise & Worship Celebration. Can’t attend? Watch the worship service live on our website, or download the Livestream app from the App Store or Google Play to watch us on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

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