A Funeral Service in Church
The vicar will meet you outside the Church, and will read sentences of scripture as he leads the procession into the Church.
Welcome, Opening Hymn, Prayer
Prayer of Confession, Absolution
Lord’s Prayer (in its Traditional Form)
The vicar leads the procession from the Church.
The Committal takes place at the graveside or the crematorium, or if the family wish at the interment of ashes.
A psalm, a prayer and a blessing or the grace.
Collections in Church
Please discuss collections in church with the vicar as they may not always be possible, (as at Darrington or Wentbridge) or the collection may be split between the Church and your chosen charity (as at Smeaton Church). This can be a cause of great upset or misunderstanding at what is already a difficult time.We recommend that the order of service requests that money in lieu of flowers be given to a family member, or at the crematorium.
Preparing an Order of Service
for a funeral.
It is fine to have an Order of Service printed for the funeral of your loved one, or you can choose to sing hymns from the Church hymn books
Please discuss this with the vicar and let him know which you have chosen so he can tell the verger or Church warden and so the Church can be prepared and either hymn books or orders of service put out on the pews.
If you are preparing on order of service you might like to include the following on it, but please be guided by your funeral director.
Name of the deceased
Either date of birth and date of death
Or date of the funeral and age
Name of the Church
Time of the Service
Often a cross or photo is in the middle of the first page.
Words of the first hymn
Words of the second hymn
Possibly the text of the Lord’s Prayer in its traditional form.
Often the family wish to express their thanks to people, especially any who have cared for their loved one
Details of any post funeral refreshments may be included.
Also details of to whom donations in lieu of flowers should be given, and what charity they are in aid of.
We adore you O Christ and we bless you.
Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.