The Christian funeral or memorial service is an act of worship.


A Columbarium is a collection of niches housing urns containing a deceased’s cremated remains. First Church has 102 niches that are located in the rear of our historic sanctuary. The church maintains this final resting place for the deceased and preserves it as a place of loving memories and quiet reflection.

For more details on purchasing a niche, please contact Lisa Polite at

A Book of Remembrance

If you visit the columbarium you may see the names of many people you have known and loved, and also names you do not recognize. The members of the Church Triumphant there are identified with their names and dates but they were so much more. The Deacons are creating a book of remembrance inviting families and friends to add pages of photographs and stories to bring memories of their loved ones alive.

If you have something to add, please contact the Rev. Dr. Barbara Davis at or 212.675.6150.