During the COVID-19 pandemic, church funerals are restricted to a maximum of 30 people including the priest and verger. Singing is not permitted and face coverings must be worn. We will of course do our utmost to provide a fitting service for your loved one, but please be aware that we are currently limited by restrictions imposed by the government and the church, for the safety of all concerned.
The death of a loved one is one of the hardest things we have to face as human beings. At St Mary’s we aim to do all we can to support people through this difficult time. Our clergy are available to talk and pray with you and the church is open during the day if you would like to spend time alone in quiet.
If you want to arrange a funeral at St Mary’s or to ask for a particular member of the clergy to conduct a funeral at the crematorium, then it is usually best first to appoint a funeral director and ask them to liaise with us on dates and times.
Once the funeral has been arranged, one of the clergy will visit you at a time which suits you, to plan the funeral and to talk with you about the person who has died.
Each year in early November we hold a Memorial Service at St Mary’s when those who have died in the past year are remembered by name. Please contact one of the clergy if you would like more information about these services.
You can find details of Funeral Fees here.
There is some helpful information from the Church of England here
Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ said,
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid’,
give us your comfort and strength in our time of grief;
take away our fear of death and give us your peace for ever.