Funerals

 

Jesus said: In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places....I go to prepare a place for you...and I will come again and take you to myself.
We are sorry that you are facing this difficult time, but hope that we can bring you God’s loving care and offer our support to you in the coming days.

Can I have a service in church – we didn’t attend regularly?

The Church is here for you, whether or not you have attended regularly or recently. St Andrew’s and St Bridget’s offer you the churches in which to hold the Funeral Service for your loved one – Burials and Interment of Ashes are possible for anyone who lives within the parish boundary or is a member of the church.
We can of course lead the service in the Crematorium, and also offer a Service of Thanksgiving or Memorial in church should this be appropriate.

How do I arrange the service?

The Rector can explain the practicalities and will meet you to go through the service to assist you in the planning of this time – as we entrust your loved one to God’s care and seek God’s strength in all that you now face. You might have music or hymns that you would like included, or a reading which is appropriate – do mention these when we visit and we will do our best to ensure that they can be included. The Funeral Director will normally arrange the printing of service sheets if these are required. They will also inform you of the costs.
The recently deceased and those bereaved will also be remembered in prayer at Sunday and weekday Services, if that is appropriate. They are also mentioned in the church’s weekly sheet so that other members of the congregation can pray for you, and in the Magazine Parish Registers.
We also offer support or a listening ear at any time after the funeral – please do let the Rector or the Office know if you would like a visit at that point. You will be invited to a quiet service of remembrance each year in St Andrew’s – when the names of those who have died in that year, together with those requested specifically – are read out in prayer.
If there are any other ways in which we can support you – do please contact us.

What does the Church of England say about Funerals?