If you are recently bereaved and have visited this site with a view to arranging a funeral service, please contact Father Ken, who will be very pleased to help you. It is important you know that you will have his support, and the support of the church community, at this most difficult time; we are here for you.
The Church of England’s official direction on funeral services is as follows:
Sadly, funerals may now only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way (this is true also for burial of ashes). No wake or gathering should be held following the funeral, and this should be scheduled for a later date.
We recognise how difficult this will be for many and add to the pain of a loss, and encourage you to discuss with your vicar or minister the possibility of a memorial service at a date in the future where more people can be present.
We understand that this, unfortunately necessary, direction may be an additional cause for distress at what is already a very difficult time. You might find it helpful to speak to a member of the clergy here at St Peter & St Paul, in which case please call either Father Ken Havey on 01702 203668 or the Revd. Stephanie Stroebel on 01702 200901. We will be pleased to hear from you.
These are exceptional times. We will resume normal service at the earliest opportunity. You might want to revisit this page for any changes and developments.