Funerals are normally arranged through a Funeral Director. The Church can be used if the person who died is resident in the parish or has past connections with the Church. However, the service must be taken by the Vicar or other authorised minister and follow the normal pattern and wording used in the Church of England.

There are daytime activities in Church, particularly on Wednesdays, which mean that the building is  not always available.

The Funeral Directors who most often arrange services at St James are:

Any arrangements for the service are at the discretion of the Vicar who has to ensure that liturgy, music and other items are consistent with Biblical teaching, the occasion and the fact that the building is a place of Christian worship.

The Vicar also takes funerals at local crematoria or graveside.

Where the minister is not available retired clergy, clergy from another church, or authorised lay readers in the congregation will be asked to officiate.

For further information see our leaflet “Funerals at St James"

The fees are organised through the Funeral Directors. They are mostly statutory fees, which means that they are agreed nationally and approved by Parliament. There is no discretion to waive the fees.  There is no fee payable for the funeral of a stillborn child, a baby or child under the age of 16.

Fees for Funerals

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11.25-26)

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