He who believes in me, even if he dies, he shall life for ever.
Ministry at the time of death
The Church has set prayers to be used at the time of death. Please contact the vicar day or night for last rites.
A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping.As far back into history as we can penetrate, human beings seem to have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.
What happens in a funeral service?
The average length of time for a service in Church is 15 to 20 minutes, followed by a few minutes at the burial ground or the crematorium. A service at the crematorium alone lasts about 15 minutes as there are no hymns there. The funeral service may be tailored to your individual wishes, within the guidelines of the Church of England and is never shortened for the vicar’s convenience. The vicar will ask questions when he visits about your loved one for the sermon , though a member of the family may give a 5 minute eulogy. The family may choose Bible readings and prayers and hymns, and a non-religious reading or poem may be chosen to be read by the family.
Burials are east-west
Churches face east, and we celebrate the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ. We believe that he will come again in glory. Christians are buried facing east so that they will be ready for the coming of the Son of Man. This tradition has been in place since at least the third century. Churchyards are consecrated ground. Sacred to God and the Church.
Your Church Funeral
Although the Church does not have an open graveyard, you are invited to have a funeral service in Church and your cremated remains interred in the Churchyard.
The Garden of Remembrance
Contact the vicar via your funeral director to arrange to have your loved one’s ashes interred in the Garden of Remembrance. This is a peaceful spot where you can sit and think, or just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.