Funerals

Enquiries All enquiries to the Rector, Rev’d Karen Stanton on 01384 872 556
or the Verger Barbara Rundle on 01384 872 476

A funeral is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world.

St Peter’s Churchyards are now closed and Kinver Parish Council will provide alternative places of burial at Comber Ridge. The Clergy can carry out the service there instead of the church or crematorium.

The service will follow a clear plan.

Order of Service

Entry of the coffin: Traditionally, the minister meets the coffin at the door and leads it and the mourners in. The minister will say some reassuring words from the Bible, for example: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies,’ says the Lord

Welcome and Introduction

After the welcome and first prayer, there may be a hymn

Reading : A Bible reading to focus on God’s care and the hope of eternal life. The sermon speaks of the Christian hope of life beyond death and relates it to your loved one. .

A tribute: This can be a way of remembering the life story of the person who has passed away. This can be done by family and friends or the minister.

Prayers: The funeral prayers ask for God’s presence with those who mourn and give thanks for your loved one’s life. The prayers normally end with the Lord’s Prayer.

Commendation, Farewell and Committal: The minister says a prayer to commend the person to God’s love and mercy. Then the body is ‘committed’ for burial or cremation.

Burial: In Christian tradition the funeral ends with a burial of either the coffin or ashes. If you have chosen a cremation you may bury the ashes in the churchyard, or use the crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance. The ashes may be buried a few days after the funeral with a very brief service.

Bereavement Team

Here at St Peter’s we offer you the opportunity to meet informally once a month with our Bereavement Team and others who are going through the difficult process of mourning a loved one. We meet on a Saturday morning and share a simple Brunch together. Please check the web diary for the dates.

All Souls Service

At the beginning of November each year we hold a special service for the families we have conducted funerals for. It is a quiet, reflective time together in church when we remember our loved ones. As each name is called we place a dove upon the olive tree and candles are lit. You will receive an invitation to join us for the service a month before. This service is especially helpful for any children who did not attend the funeral.