If you are organising a funeral or memorial service and live in the parish (or the deceased lived in the parish), or you have a strong connection with the church or the parish, it would be a privilege for us to conduct the service for you, either at St John's Church or at a Crematorium Chapel. If you live outside the parish or have no strong links, your own parish church should normally be approached first.
Sometimes the person who has died leaves instructions about what they would like at the funeral. If so, you will probably want to respect their wishes. However a funeral is also meant to help you and the other mourners, so reflecting your needs in the service is important too.
The clergy would be very happy to meet you to offer guidance on the content of the service, but before meeting someone you might you might like to consider the following:
Who would you like to speak about the deceased person? The clergy are very experienced at this but there may be somebody else (or more than one person) you would prefer to give a tribute, or this could be shared with the priest.
Is there any special music you would like? If the funeral is taking place in church it needs to be suitable for playing on the organ. We are able to play CDs or downloaded music, but you will need to provide it. If you wish to have hymns, choose some that you think people will be able to sing, especially if the mourners are unfamiliar with church hymns.
Do you or did the deceased have a favourite Bible reading? Or is there a piece of secular prose or a poem that you would like to be read as well? You might like to think about who you could ask to read these pieces.
How to find out more
For more information, or to arrange a meeting with a member of the clergy, please ring the Parish Office on 020 7633 9819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org