Funerals

Our services for the bereaved at a time of mourning

Funerals at the church

At St. Bartholomew's church we offer prayer and support at the time of funerals. When anyone resident in our parish dies, the Funeral Director will normally invite the clergy to officiate, regardless of whether the deceased attended church. For parish boundaries see right.

The exceptions would be if the person was a member of another church, or had requested a humanist service; and most mourners, irrespective of whether they attend church themselves or not, generally find spiritual value and comfort in a Christian service.

When requested to conduct a funeral, we usually contact the next of kin within 24 hours and arrange to meet face-to-face, if possible, or at least to have a conversation by telephone, if the next of kin lives at a distance. Within the standard structure of the service, we can incorporate many of your special requests. We shall discuss the content of the service, including any special readings, poems, prayers and music. We also look to you for some biographical details about the deceased, as we attempt to make everything more personal.

What is not so widely known is that you have the same right to request the church for a funeral as you do for a baptism or a wedding. The advantages of using the church, before moving on to the crematorium or cemetery for the committal, are:

  • you are in a place which celebrates the whole sweep of life - baptisms and marriages and regular parish life - unlike a crematorium or cemetery which are only used for one thing
  • there is the capacity to accommodate more mourners - most of the cemetery or crematoria chapels seat 60-80 at most
  • you can have real pipe organ music
  • there is more time - you are not constrained by the next family queuing up outside

The cost of a service in church is only very slightly more than one taking place in a crematorium or cemetery.

A fee is charged for the services of the minister. It is set by the Church of England. Click Here for the Church of England fees, and will appear as part of the Funeral Director's account. If you would like the organist to play at the service, the fee is £80.

Annual Memorial Service

Once a year, generally at the beginning of November, we have a special Sunday evening service to commemorate all the departed. We invite all those for whom we have conducted a funeral during the past year, but the service is open to anyone who has been bereaved.

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Call the Rev Michael Kingston on 020 8778 5290

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