The resurrection is a central doctrine of the Christian faith and shapes Christians’ attitudes and responses to the event of death. Death brings loss, sorrow, and grief to all. In the face of death, Christians do not bear bereavement in isolation but are sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit and the community of faith. The Church offers a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve. As this is the basis of a Christian funeral/memorial service defined by the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., the Session of First Presbyterian Church has set forth the following policy for funeral/memorial services that occur at the church.