If you're currently in the process of planning an imminent service for a loved one, we are ready to pray with you and help you. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you know where to start.
Can anyone hold a funeral service at New Hope Church?
Funeral services are typically reserved for members and regular attendees of New Hope Church. If the church is available, we offer funeral support to non-attendees as well.
What are my first steps to planning a funeral?
Call Care Ministries at 763-971-5123 (Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm). After office hours and on weekends, call 763-229-9204.
Is there a fee for using the church for funeral services?
There's no facility charge for New Hope Church members and regular attendees to use the facility for funerals. If additional help is needed for custodial and sound ministries, there may be a charge. Non-attendees may incur a charge.
When is the church available for funeral services?
Monday afternoons through Fridays. Funerals and memorial services are scheduled with top priority over almost all prescheduled events, with the exception of weddings and major conferences. The facility is typically not available outside of this schedule unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Where are funeral services held at New Hope Church?
Depending upon availability and the size of the service, they are typically held in the Worship Center, Ministry Center or Sandberg Chapel.
Are meals provided for funeral services?
New Hope Church Food Service provides coffee, lemonade and cake or cookies to members and regular attendees without charge. Food Service provides three meal options at a charge. Only light refreshments are available for evening funeral services.
What about pastors?
Pastors at New Hope Church are available to officiate funerals at the church as well as at funeral chapels and interment sites. The funeral coordinator will provide pastor availability. Pastors not affiliated with NHC must be approved in advance by the senior executive pastor.
What about music for the funeral service?
The New Hope Church Worship Arts team may be available to help you with music arrangements for the service. Family members, friends and outside musicians are also welcome to participate.
What about honorariums?
Full-time New Hope Church staff members do not receive honorariums since assisting with funerals is part of their ministry responsibility. Part-time staff and volunteers, as well as outside participants may accept honorariums. The church funeral coordinator can offer suggested honorarium amounts.
Can the funeral service be recorded?
One audio CD of the service will be recorded and gifted to the family. The family has permission and is responsible for creating any duplicates as needed.