In 18th century England, an Anglican priest named John Wesley led a group who became known as “Methodists”; Their beliefs focused on overcoming sin by following the Holy Spirit, and empowering God to lead them. Wesley never started his own church, but in 1784, the Methodist church was founded in Baltimore, Maryland.
In the US, the movement spread under the leadership of Laurence Couglan who began preaching in Newfoundland in 1766. Missionary programs spread the faith abroad. Today, there are about 125 Methodist denominations in the world, which include 23 are in the U.S.
Methodists believe that life is eternal and that one can look forward to life with God after death, although they hold diverse beliefs about the afterlife. They regard the funeral service as an opportunity to express their grief, celebrate the life of the deceased and affirm their faith.
A Methodist funeral may take place at a church, funeral home, family home, cemetery chapel, or at the gravesite. The service will typically include readings, hymns, a sermon, and a eulogy. A pastor leads the congregation in prayer. Readings can come from a variety of sources, among them the Bible.
|Methodist Quick Reference Guide|
|Length of Service||Depends|
|Flowers?||Yes (See our Sympathy Flowers)|
|Dress Code? (Men/Women)||Dark & Somber / Men: Jacket & Tie|
|Source of Readings?||Depends|
|Return to Work? (Days)||Depends|
|No. of Days to Mourn?||Depends|