From the moment you are in touch with us, throughout the funeral service, and for as long as you need us afterwards, we’re here for you.
The Church of England is in every community, and has been helping people mark the end of life for generations.
Anyone can have a Church of England funeral, whether churchgoer or not.
When someone dies, we understand how difficult this can be.
There’s so much to think about, but we can help you say your final goodbye in a way that really helps.
We will celebrate and give thanks to God for the unique life of the person you knew and loved.
We can support you, your family and friends before, during and after the funeral with friendship and prayer,understanding your sadness and loss
And in this difficult time, our experienced trained ministers can share a message of hope and comfort.
We’ll be where you need us to be
A Church of England funeral can take place in any one of these locations:
In a church
At the Crematorium
At an outdoor woodland or green burial site
In a cemetery
Combination of Church and other location
The Church of England has a very helpful website where everything you might need to know, is covered.
Organising a Funeral : https://churchofenglandfunerals.org/organising-funeral/
Going to a Funeral : https://churchofenglandfunerals.org/going-funeral/
After a Funeral: https://churchofenglandfunerals.org/after-a-funeral/
You may wish to pray these words in the days before and after the funeral:
God of Love,
Surround those I love,
Especially those I can no longer see.
Be light in my darkness,
Be hope in my fear,
Be love in every moment,
And give me grace to face each day ahead.
We do not wait until the day of the funeral to pray for you and all those affected by the death of someone you knew and loved. Our church prays for all the families and friends of those who have died.
If you would like to light a candle in memory of the person you knew and loved, you will be able to do thisnext time you visit our church or alternatively visit https://churchofenglandfunerals.org/light-candle/ and light a virtual candle, which can then be shared through Social Media.
We hold an annual service in November where we remember all those who have died particularly thosewho have died during the previous year. This service is advertised in both our church magazine ‘Compass’and on our website. Invitations are usually sent out in advance to the families of those who have had a funeral.
Funerals can be on our minds for all sorts of reasons. If you’re thinking about sorting out your own funeralservice plan, the Church of England website also offers guidance on how to do that, andhow it can really help your family when the time comes.
The basic cost of a funeral, which includes the music and the service itself is £463.
There are further options available e.g Tolling Bell, Flowers, Choir which can be agreed when each funeral is booked and confirmed.
Please contact Rev. Margaret Caunt for more information about arranging funerals at St. Mary's Church.
Tel: 0115 967 3805