Funerals and Columbarium

The funeral ministry of the Christ United is equipped to offer supportive services to families who need assistance during the stress that occurs at the time of a death. We can help you with planning a funeral, memorial service, or inurnment at Christ United.

Funeral and memorial services include planning of scriptures, music, assistance with a memory table, providing a memorial book, assistance with placing an obituary in the paper and more.

At your convenience, arrangements will be made for a meeting with the minister who will be conducting the service, the Director of Music and a representative from Care Ministries. A reception at Christ United, either before or after the funeral, can be arranged for the family and their friends. This will be discussed during your meeting with church staff members.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or find out information about our funeral ministry, please contact Rev. Mike Flynn or call (972) 596-4303 (Hours: 9 AM-5 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM-12 PM Friday). If calling after hours, call (972) 596-4303, then press “8” at the prompt. Your call will be answered in a very timely manner. We want to be able to serve you during this time in your life and assist you in any way we can.

The Columbarium

In life and death and life beyond death, God is with us, we are not alone, we are God’s people now and evermore.

At the time of death, these are the traditional words of promise and hope proclaimed by the Church in the midst of grief, sorrow, transition and renewal. These words are the foundation of the promise of the Christian faith, grounded in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These are the words of God’s grace and love. Thanks be to God!


Throughout the history of Christianity, the church has provided burial within churchyards or crypts. This ancient tradition is consistent with the church’s belief in a decent and reverent burial for all. For family and friends, a measure of comfort may be drawn from interment on consecrated church property.

A Holy Place

While in modern times the traditional churchyard has virtually disappeared as an actively used place of burial, Christ United is able to provide a consecrated, perpetually maintained columbarium for the secure placement of urns containing the cremated remains of both present and former members and their families.

Cost Associated with Interment in a Columbarium Niche

A niche is the name used to describe the place in a columbarium, where the urn containing the cremated remains of a loved one is properly secured. All niches in the Christ United columbarium are double niches suitable for holding two urns. The cost of a niche, two urns, and perpetual care is $3000*. (The costs associated with cremation, services by a funeral home, or arrangements other than those mentioned above are not included). To save costs, ask for the temporary container furnished by the funeral home. We will then transfer the remains into the urn provided by us. *There is a one-time fee of $150 for engraving.

Benefits of a Columbarium

  • Pre-selecting a site will give church members and their family assurance that Christ United Methodist Church will provide respectful, responsible, and pastoral care for the site in perpetuity.
  • Purchasing a columbarium niche eliminates the pressures of choosing a burial site, casket, vault and monument. There is no need to plan for inurnment and memorial services at different locations and times.
  • With a columbarium, there are substantial savings.

The link below shows a sampling of reputable funeral homes in the Plano area from which you may wish to select. Prices shown are not guaranteed. After you have studied the list, we suggest you visit/contact several funeral homes before making a final decision. Christ United does not endorse any of these funeral homes. While funeral homes will assist with preparation of obituaries at no charge or a nominal cost, the family bears the cost of publishing the obituary.

The urn provided by the Christ United Columbarium at no extra cost must be used for the inurnment. We appreciate the support and interest which you have shown in the Columbarium. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

SAMPLING OF FUNERAL HOMES WITH CREMATION SERVICES in the Plano/Frisco/Allen/Richardson Area as of August 20, 2015

Administration of the columbarium is under the supervision of the Board of Trustees of Christ United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas. The actions of the Board of Trustees are subject to approval by Christ Untied’s charge conference.

To learn more about planning a memorial service / inurnment, please call or email Marylin Smith at (972) 596-4303, Ext. 228.

If you are a past or present member or family member and would like to purchase a niche, you must first visit our church office to select your nich(es) and sign a contract. After you have signed a contract you may either pay by check or pay online.