How do I arrange a Funeral at St. Elphin’s Church?
Everyone who lives within the ecclesiastical parish of St. Elphin’s (comprising Howley& Fairfield) is entitled toa funeral service in St. Elphin’s Church by the Rector, or a fully trained and authorised member of the Funeral Ministry Team, regardless of whether they attended church or not.
At St. Elphin’s, it is no longer possible to hold burials or inter ashes, as the churchyard has been closed since 1960. However, the Local Authority provides alternative places of burial at Warrington Cemetery and Fox Covert Cemetery, and the minister can carry out the burial there instead of the church or crematorium.
The funeral service can take place either in Church or at the Crematorium. Please discuss these details with your Funeral Director, who will make contact with the Rector to make the necessary arrangements, and then either the Crematorium or Cemetery on your behalf.
Sometimes it can help to talk to a person who is not a member of your own family or a close friend. If you would like to have someone from St. Elphin’s Pastoral Team come to visit you in the coming weeks we would like to support you and encourage you in this. Please contact the Rector if you would like this to be arranged.
Although St. Elphin’s Church is often locked for security, we do open the church to visitors from May to Mid-September, on Wednesday between 2:00-4:00 pm and on Saturdays between 9:30 am – 3:00 pm and at other times during the year between 9:30-11:00 am on Saturdays.
Every year around the first weekend in November we hold a special evening Memorial Service at 6:30 pm for those who have lost loved ones in that year. Candles are lit for each of the people we are mourning, and their names are read out. We will send you an invitation to this service nearer the time. We do hope you will be able to attend.
You are also welcome to join us for our regular church services. You will find details about these on the first page of our web site.
The usual pattern of services at St. Elphin’s is:
(Occasionally, where there are major Civic services at St. Elphin’s, these times may change)
Planning a Funeral
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.
Some deaths will be especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected. The Church has special funerals for children, or after sudden or violent deaths, including suicide. Talk with your minister about what is possible.
Choosing a Funeral Director
Knox & Son Funeral Directors
Maddock’s Funeral Directors
Cheshire Funeral Services
Houghton’s Funeral Directors
Houghton’s Funeral Directors
The Funeral Service
The Outline Order for Funerals