Funeral Procedures

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)

Dr. Maurice Watson, ministerial staff, officers and the Metropolitan Baptist Church family join in your grief in the death of your loved one. May you know the Lord’s comfort and may His love surround you during this time of loss.

Because death is such an important and sensitive time in our lives, we have set up guidelines to assist families through the funeral preparation process. We need you to follow proper guidelines to assure yourselves that everything is done in decency and in order. We also need to be on guard against those with unscrupulous behavior and hidden agendas. We need you to do the following when death occurs within the church family.

1. Immediately contact the church (202-238-5000) and advise us that a death has occurred.

2. Meet or talk with the Metropolitan Ministerial representative before making final arrangements with the funeral home. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to Dr. Sherrill McMillan at 202-238-5000.

3. Understand that no Metropolitan Baptist Church Ministry or person can make any plans for participation in the wake, Homegoing service, burial, or repast without clearance from the Pastor or his designee.

Please Remember

We will do our very best to honor your request as we remember that Homegoing Services are worship services designed to comfort and encourage the family, and bring Glory and Honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Date/Time of Funeral

It is preferred that all funerals take place between Tuesday and Thursday. The wake is generally one hour beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the funeral service begins promptly at 12 Noon. Pastor Watson will preach all funerals when he is available. In his absence Pastor Watson will assign the Officiant.

Funeral Bulletin

The Metropolitan Baptist Church staff will prepare the bulletin. The visiting minister will discuss the format of the bulletin at the time of visitation.


If the family requests a repast, the visiting minister will discuss the menu and costs with the family.

Costs to the Family

If the deceased is a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church there is no charge for the use of the sanctuary, Officiant, and musician. If the deceased is not a member, applicable costs will be discussed by the visiting minister at the time of initial visitation.