We welcome all people to our church, wherever you are on your journey of faith. We encourage reflection, question and discussion to help us explore and deepen our Christian faith. We strive to reach the needs of our congregation, the local community and beyond.

Funerals

It is extremely sad when a close relative or friend dies.  A church funeral can offer a very fitting way in which the life of the deceased can be remembered and celebrated.  Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

Click here to find some very helpful information and guidance from the Church of England’s Funerals website.

Eligibility

Anyone who lives within the parish boundaries of Saint Mary Magdalene is entitled to a funeral in our church conducted by a member of our ministry team. We will also officiate at ceremonies of those who regularly attend our services but do not live in the parish.

Planning a funeral

Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago.

If you are uncertain the minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. If they did not know your loved one well, they will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person’s life, this may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more.

Questions of life and death

Each funeral and each death is different. Funerals can raise profound personal questions about the meaning of life and death, this is perfectly normal. There may not be much time around the funeral to properly reflect on these matters, but you can come back to them later and talk to your minister about how you are feeling and the questions and thoughts this has raised.

After the service

If you are having a cremation, we are able to inter ashes in a suitable memorial garden. On 2nd November each year, All Souls’ Day, we hold a special service at which the names of those who have died are read out. Families of those who have had funerals conducted by a minister from St Mary Magdalene within the past year are invited to the service.

Next Steps

If you would like a funeral at St Mary Magdalene or conducted by a member of our ministry team please contact the Parish Office in the first instance or speak to your funeral director. For the latest fees, please see the latest Parish Fees.