An Introduction to a Christian Funeral Service 

It is at the heart of the Christian conviction and message that God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death. Such faith is hard but ultimately offers comfort and hope. Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect. To acknowledge this at the beginning of the service should help us to use this occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality.

An Outline Order of Service

The Church of England funeral service is as follows although you may wish to have a different number of hymns and readings, a time for music or reflection.

A specimen Order of Service can be found here.


Choosing Hymns

Some appropriate Funeral hymns are listed below:


St Mary's churchyard is closed for full burials, and the most common place for this to take place is at the cemetery on Riley Lane.

The area set aside for Cremated Remains is now also full so no further interrments can take place in the churchyard.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC), is keen to ensure that the churchyard looks attractive to all who see it. You will find that the PCC plays its part by ensuring that grass is mown and the wider churchyard cared for. The PCC would like you to play your part too by observing the guidelines below (please note that items not permitted will be removed).

  1. Each grave should have only one pot of flowers; (glass vases must not be used);

  2. Flowers should be natural, or if artificial then made of silk. No plastic flowers should be used;

  3. Dead or fading flowers will be removed;

  4. ‘Seasonal’ decoration such as Christmas wreaths, Easter flowers, Mothering

    Sunday bouquets and Remembrance Crosses will be removed after a fitting


  5. No ornaments should be placed on or near graves e.g. candlesticks, model

    animals, trinkets, solar lights, photograph, poems etc. Glass containers are

    not permitted for health and safety reasons.

  6. Memorial stones should not have stone chippings (e.g. slate, gravel) around


(Drawn from the guidelines of the Diocese of Winchester a full copy of which is available from the Church Administrator)

The PCC hopes that by the observation of these simple guidelines the churchyard can be maintained with dignity for the departed and to the benefit of all who cherish this special place.