Funerals are now allowed in church again although with a limit of 30 mourners and social distancing in place.
A funeral service gathers friends and family together to mark the end of a person’s earthly life in order to commend that person into God’s safe keeping. Through a series of prayers, hymns, readings, and probably a tribute, the funeral gives family and friends the opportunity to remember their loved one, give thanks for that person’s life and express their grief.
St John’s is available for funeral services and we will do all we can to support you through the sadness of losing a loved one. We will meet up with you to talk through the funeral service and we can advise on suitable hymns and readings so that the service is appropriate and fitting. Hymns are accompanied by our organ and the organist will also play as you enter and leave church. If you prefer to have pre-recorded music at these points in the service we are happy to play it (subject to approval by the vicar) but you will need to supply us with the music on a CD or pen stick.
All our funeral services are followed by a short service of committal in a local crematorium or cemetery. If you would prefer the entire funeral to take place at a crematorium chapel then that too can be arranged.
In the first instance please contact a local funeral director who will then liaise with us here at St John’s.
In the days following on from the funeral we will be pleased to visit you if you would like us to. We hold an annual ‘Living with Loss’ service that you might like to attend.
Making a Will
The Church encourages people to make a Will for reasons of good personal financial management, pastoral care and the teaching of Christian stewardship. Often when someone has supported their local church through many years they are pleased to know that their gift can continue to make a difference for years to come. Our parish is grateful for the heritage passed down to us and we want to pass the church on in sound condition to future generations. A legacy can often help a project to get started or encourage the PCC to be bold in their plans. It is best if the legacy is not restrictive in purpose. For example it may be worded “To the vicar and church wardens of the Parish of St John’s Weston for the general purposes of the parish”