Funerals & Memorial Services

St. Paul’s offers our deepest condolences to your family in this time of grief. As Christian community, we will surround your family and honor the life of your loved one by giving thanks to God through a service of worship that gives witness to their life and to our resurrection hope. There are two types of services:

  • Funeral service - A service where the body of the deceased is present is called a funeral. (Interment follows the funeral service.)

  • Memorial service - A service which is appropriate when the body of the deceased is not present. (Interment or inurnment occurs prior to the service.) 

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Steps for planning a Service

At the time of death, please contact the church office at 713-528-0527 to speak with a minister. If it is during non-business hours, an operator will collect information and reach out to the minister-on-call. 

The minister will guide you and your family through this process and ask about your preferences for a funeral or memorial service. Below you’ll find the steps for planning purposes:

  1. Funeral and Memorial Service Policies (please read this document first)

  2. Information Form - printable
    Download this printable PDF to complete by hand or…

  3. Information Form - online
    If you prefer, fill out the information form online.

  4. Service Planning Resources (includes scripture and music recommendations, along with a sample order of worship)


SErvice Location Options

If you choose to have your loved one’s service at St. Paul’s, we recommend the Chapel or Sanctuary (see below for guidance on expected attendance). Also, for those who have opted for burial in a niche in St. Paul’s Columbarium, a small service for 12–15 people may be held in the Columbarium’s chapel space.

Funerals and memorial services are conducted Monday–Friday between the hours of 10 am–2 pm. Services scheduled on Saturdays are by special arrangement and must be approved by one of St. Paul’s pastors. 

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Chapel

For expected attendance under 50 people 

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sanctuary

For expected attendance over 50 people (max. 750) 

> To preview Chapel and Sanctuary spaces, see Maps & Virtual Tour


Helpful Links

Considering the columbarium

Are you looking for an alternative to burial in a cemetery and are exploring cremation? We invite you to consider St. Paul’s Columbarium as your loved one’s final resting place. Niches are available for individuals and couples. 

Making an online payment

Do you need to pay your invoice for facility rental (non-members), florist, organist, or soloist? Please visit our Online Giving platform and select “Memorials and Honorariums.” Make sure you list the name of the deceased in the memo line.