Bereavement Ministry

Grief is a life-changing experience.

As Christians, we celebrate and give thanks for the promise of eternal life, but grief is inevitable. We provide a place of support, prayer, resources, and encouragement in the midst of loss and sadness. 

Grief and Hope Series
Twice a year we offer a four-week series providing support and resources for those who are dealing with loss. The daytime group will meet for four weeks beginning Thursday,January 20, at 1:15 pm. The evening group meets for four weeks beginning Wednesday, January 26, at 6:30 pm. 
To learn more, contact Alex Bacon, 704-714-6981, who leads this series.

Bereavement Ministry Team
The Bereavement Ministry Team meets monthly to write handwritten letters of sympathy and support to parishioners who experience the death of a spouse, parent, sibling, or child. Grieving parishioners receive a letter every month for a year following the death of their loved one, as well as helpful information about the nature of grief and loss. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, contact The Reverend Lisa Saunders.

Caring Guild
The Caring Guild is a ministry to assist families during a time of loss by providing a place for them at the church to receive family and friends following a funeral service. Ministry opportunities for guild members include providing homemade cookies, which can be made and stored in the freezer, arranging the setup, and serving and clean-up for these receptions. There are no regularly scheduled meetings and volunteers will be contacted as needed. Current members should notify Lois Ann if there has been a change in phone number, email, or home address. For more information, please contact Lois Ann Partridge at

Widower's Group
For men who have lost their spouse, this group is offered three to four times a year. To learn more, contact The Reverend Lisa Saunders.

All Saints' Day Eucharist
We celebrate All Saints' Day (November 1) with a service of remembrance, during which the names of all those parishioners and loved ones of parishioners who have died in the previous year are included in the prayers. Parishioners grieving the loss of a family member are invited to a luncheon following the Eucharist. To learn more about this service or to help with it, contact Jennifer Hamm at  or 704-714-6951.

Pet Memorial Garden
It is natural to feel grief and sadness when a cherished pet dies. Your pet's ashes may be buried in the Christ Church Pet Memorial Garden, located in the green space adjacent to the upper parking lot. Guidelines and resources are available here »