If you are reading this then it is possible that somebody dear to you has recently died. If this is the case then we sympathise with you in your loss and assure you of our love and prayers. If you are arranging a funeral for a loved one then this is usually done through the funeral director. If you live in All Saints parish or have a connection with the Church then you might consider holding the funeral in the Church or else have one of our ministers conduct the service at the Cemetery or Crematorium. The support of your local Church community can bring comfort at a time like this even if you are not a regular churchgoer. 

 

Do read the information below and if you wish to arrange a funeral according to the rites and customs of the Church of England and have a particular connection with All Saints then mention this to the funeral director. They will contact me to make the necessary arrangements. 

If you are not sure whether you live in All Saints parish then go to http://www.achurchnearyou.com/parishmap.php and enter your postcode. 


If you need any advice or would like to talk to the churchwardens and we will do our best to fit in with your requirements.

 

What is a Christian Funeral service about? A Christian Funeral service has a number of purposes:       
  • To remember the person who has died and to give thanks to God for their life by sharing memories and celebrating all that they are and all that they mean to us. Life is a gift from God and the funeral service is a celebration of that life. Every life is precious to God and every person matters to Him whether their life is long and fruitful or whether it is tragically cut short.  
  • To remind us of the Christian belief that love is stronger than death and that God gave his Son Jesus Christ to show us, by His death and resurrection, that death is not the end. One Christian writer put it like this as he faced his own death. ‘I was as convinced as I possibly could be that Christ has risen from the dead, and this was the solid ground for my own future hopes. Death is not the end. There is life after death. Death is only putting out the lamp at the rise of a new dawn. (‘Fear No Evil’ David Watson). 
  • To commend the person who has died to the love and mercy of God. A funeral is not just about praising them for all that was good in their lives. We pray for our loved ones as they journey from death to new life. We pray in confidence, knowing that God loves them and longs to welcome them to the place in heaven which he has specially prepared for them. 
  • We commit the body of our loved one to be reverently and lovingly buried or cremated. It is at this moment that we say our final earthly farewell but we do so in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life.
  • Finally, we remember that our lives are also precious to God and so the minister or priest assures us of God’s blessing as we go on our way. A funeral can be comforting and reassuring but it is also challenging. How can we make the best use of God's gift of life to us? 
This collect is a short prayer from the funeral service:

"Merciful Father,
hear our prayers and comfort us;
renew our trust in your Son,
whom you raised from the dead;
strengthen our faith
that all who have died in the love of Christ    
will share in his resurrection;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen".

 
What type of funeral services are there? There are a range of possibilities open to you which include:
A funeral service in the Crematorium Chapel or at the graveside.
       
A funeral service in Church followed by cremation or burial. The committal is a short ceremony which takes place as soon as possible after the church service.

The funeral service in church may take the form of a Requiem Mass.
       

A memorial service may be held after the burial or cremation, either on the same or at a later date.

All Souls Day All Souls Day is on November 2nd. We hold a Requiem Mass in the evening, either on that day or close to it. At this service, we remember those who have died and read out their names. We also remember people in our prayers on a Sunday at 10.30am when it is the anniversary of their death. Please let us know if you want us to put the name of your loved one on our memorial list.