727 Harvard Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Memorial services of witness to the resurrection and thanksgiving for human life, led by our pastoral staff, are held in the sanctuary and in Loeffler Chapel. Please contact the church office at 610-543-4712 for more information or visit the Memorial Services section of our member website (login required).
Fellowship Hall is available for receptions following memorial services. To learn about the role of our "Marthas" in providing hospitality for your receptions, please read on.
For information on interment of cremated remains in the Memorial Garden at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, please visit our Memorial Garden page or contact the church office.
A Word About Our "Marthas"
The Marthas are volunteers from our church family who will help you with a reception following a memorial service. Their name is taken from Jesus’ friend Martha who showed him warm hospitality in her home. The reception becomes an important part of the mourning process and often turns into a meaningful reunion of family members and friends.
After consulting with the church office (610-543-4712) or one of the pastors to arrange for the memorial service and deciding to have a reception in Fellowship Hall, a Martha will be contacted by the pastor to work directly with you on the arrangements.
The Marthas set up before the reception, serve during and clean up afterwards. They arrange the buffet tables for food and beverages. The church provides linens, paper napkins and candles, silver service, punch bowls, service plates, cups and saucers. The Marthas provide hot and cold beverages including: coffee and tea, lemonade, cider, or iced tea, and water.
Families are responsible for providing food with help from friends or a caterer. If needed, the Marthas will provide the names of local caterers. A flower arrangement for the buffet table is also the responsibility of the family. Also, some families set up a photo and memorabilia table display in Fellowship Hall.
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
William Walsham How, 1864