Funerals and Memorial Services
WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN FUNERAL?
Christians believe that death is not an end, but a new beginning of a life closer to God and separate from the sufferings and trials of this life on earth. Inevitably the death of a loved one is a shock and the cause of great grief. At St Annes we try as a family to support our members when they are bereaved and to comfort them in their grief. Through the Funeral Service we celebrate the life of our loved ones and release them to God’s eternal care and protection.
St Annes Parish Church is available for funerals to anyone living within the parish or on the electoral roll of the parish. It is not necessary to be a regular Church-goer. Funeral services can take place at any mutually convenient time that does not clash with existing service times. We do not impose any time constraints on the service.
The Church of England provides a variety of styles and services for funerals, which can be tailored to suit individual needs. These include:
- traditional language
- modern language
- funeral service including the Eucharist (“Requiem”)
When a funeral has already taken place, a special Memorial Service can be arranged.
More information about funerals in the Church of England is available here.
Usually arrangements will be made through your Funeral Director.
GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE
In the grounds of St Anne’s Parish Church there is a Garden of Remembrance. This is an area at the east end of the Church for the interment of cremated remains. There is a short service during which the ashes are interred loose into the ground. The name of the deceased can be added to the Memorial Stone and the Book of Remembrance in Church. Please contact the Vicar, Fr David Lyon, on 01253 722725, for more details.
We celebrate a monthly Requiem Eucharist on the first Saturday of the month at 9.30am. At this Eucharist we remember by name all those whose names are mentioned in the Book of Remembrance for that month. We also have annual Memorial Services in November, for all the departed.