'Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. So we will be with the Lord for ever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.' (1 Thessalonians 4.14, 17-18)
God's love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ after death.
Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect. At a funeral we gather to remember the deceased before God,to give thanks for their life; to commend them to God our merciful redeemer and judge and to comfort one another in our grief, always keeping in sight the promise of the resurrection.
To speak about a funeral (including your own!) then please contact Fr James. If you are wanting to book a funeral service for a loved one then also please contact the deanery office, 10-1, Mon-Fri 01507 610 247, and they will begin to make the necessary arrangements.
All whose funerals are entrusted to us are prayed for by name, and we will work hard to be of practical and pastoral help to all who are grieving.
Please note that the contents of a funeral service are to be arranged with the rector. We do not, for example, make use of recorded music. While it is of course important to remember people for who they were, the Christian funeral is primarily about commending them to God, and surrounding ourselves with words, prayers and hymns that speak of the Christian hope of victory over death.