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Funerals and Columbarium

Preparing for Christian burial is a profoundly important ministry for the church.

Please be in touch with the Church Office (270.843.6563) to report the death of a loved one. We are glad to offer our prayers and to work with family members to make arrangements for burial services.

As people of faith, we know that Christ’s Easter victory has overcome death, but are still aware of the challenges, difficulties, and loss at such times.

Funeral plans may be discussed with clergy at any time of life, and in fact it can be very helpful to make these decisions well in advance, as a final gift to those we love. Christ Church is glad to keep a copy of those plans on file in our Church Office.

Please click here for A Funeral Planning Guide for Christ Episcopal Church.


With the completion and dedication in the summer of 2016 of ninety new niches in the Columbarium at Christ Episcopal Church, we especially invite you, the members of the parish, to consider cremation and inurnment in our Columbarium as you make your funeral plans.

The practice of cremation is an ancient one and has gained renewed attention in recent decades. One reason for this renewed attention is the opportunity to be buried at one’s place of worship. Another is the ecological consideration of using less space for the interment of those who have died thereby making us better stewards of the earth at a time when land use is a growing concern.

There is also the practical consideration that cremation and inurnment in a Columbarium costs a fraction of burial with a casket in a cemetery. While there was a time when some churches discouraged cremation, most Christian traditions, including our own, now encourage cremation for these reasons and others.

Christ Episcopal Church’s Columbarium in the Memorial Garden is available to any member of the parish.

Niche – $750 each.

Memorial plaque – $150-175 – depending on the current market rate of copper and nickel at the time of order.

(Note – costs are subject to change.)

For more information regarding the purchase of a niche in the Columbarium at Christ Episcopal Church, please contact our Rector, the Reverend Steve Pankey ( or 270.843.6563).

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