‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.’ John 14

Funerals are a time of sadness at the loss of a loved one as well as a time for friends and family to celebrate the person’s life. The loss of a loved one is one of the hardest things we have to cope with. We can feel very alone as we walk the path of grief. St Andrew’s is here to help you through prayer, bereavement support and our funeral ministry.

A personal and dignified funeral service, at church or in a local crematorium chapel, can bring comfort during this difficult time and hope for the future. As Christians we believe that death is not the end, but the beginning of a new life with God. We celebrate the life of the person who has died, entrust them to God’s everlasting care and stand together in our grief.

A funeral in church offers both space and time for a personalised service. Committal at the Crematorium or burial at the cemetery can be arranged to follow on.  The vicar of St Andrew’s will conduct funerals both in the church and in all crematoria in the area, working with the family to create a service for you, with choices of music, readings and tributes.

Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to find out more information.

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  • Parish Office days and hours are Mondays and Wednesdays between 9am and 1pm.

Bible readings for funeral

John, chapter 14

Jesus said, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going’.

Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way? Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth and the life… Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.’

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