A Celebration of Life

Clergy and acolytes in the Mary Hare Taylor Knight Memorial Columbarium

Burial at St. Martin’s is open to all people. Please contact the clergy so we can minister to you or your loved one during illness and at the time of death.

Funeral Planning for the Bereaved

Burial services will follow the Rites for Burial in the Book of Common Prayer, involve the clergy of St. Martin’s, and require at least one planning meeting with the clergy beforehand. The Burial Office is a celebration of the resurrection, therefore we do not allow for open caskets in the church. If a pre-plan was not created, families of the deceased may use our funeral worksheet with the assistance of the clergy.

For your funeral planning, you may download this list of approved lessons and a list of suggested hymns.

Pre-Planning: for the Living

If you would like to pre-plan your funeral please let us know. You can download our Instructions Regarding My Death form to fill in and mail back to us, or contact a member of the clergy and we will assist you. We will keep your wishes on file in our church office. Please also consider our planned giving options at this time.

Mary Hare Taylor Knight Memorial Columbarium

Columbarium at sunset
The Mary Hare Taylor Knight Memorial Columbarium on St. Martin’s grounds, is available for those who plan to be cremated. This beautiful, sacred space is tucked between the sanctuary and attached our Mary Chapel, on a quiet, inside portion of our grounds. Lovingly maintained by volunteer gardeners and landscapers, as well as our sexton, this is an enduring place for your family and friends to return to for comfort and memory. A Columbarium plot reservation form is available here and related expenses are on the fee sheet. Please contact Natalee Hill in the church office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 215.247.7466 for more information about the columbarium, including available plot locations.


There is no fee for the clergy or the facility for the funeral service. There are charges for the music director, musicians, bulletin preparation, the altar guild, and the sexton. Additional fees are also charged related to receptions and the Mary Hare Taylor Knight Memorial Columbarium. A fee schedule is available from the church office or you may view current fees here.

Contact a Member of the Clergy

The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, Rector - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x101
The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Associate Rector - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x105

Funeral Planning Resources

Living Instructions Regarding My Death
Funeral Planning Sheet (for families of the deceased)
Planned Giving
Mary Hare Taylor Knight Memorial Columbarium Plot Reservation
Funeral and Memorial Service Fees
Approved Funeral Readings
Suggested Hymns

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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