Burial of the Dead
An Episcopal funeral is, above all else, a service of worship to Almighty God, and offers thanksgiving to God, not only for the life of the deceased, but for the love God has shown to us through Jesus Christ, and the promise that even death will not be able to separate us from the love of God.
•Please notify a member of the clergy as soon as a death occurs by calling (850) 222-2636. A priest will meet with you to make funeral arrangements and provide counsel as needed.
•A funeral service at St. John's may be held in Carter Chapel (fewer than 60 people), in the sanctuary (up to 430 people) or at graveside.
•The liturgy of the Burial of the Dead in The Book of Common Prayer (page 469 or 491) offers both Rite I (traditional language) and Rite II (contemporary language).
•Holy Eucharist is encouraged as a part of a Christian burial service.
•A reception may be arranged at the church to follow the funeral service. Fran Doxsee, St. John's Culinary Director, provides the reception menu on a fee basis.
For additional information, contact the Rector’s Assistant (222-2636, ext. 22).