Part of our ministry is to be the presence of God in the midst of our local communities and we take seriously the different ways we can be of service to those who are bereaved and have lost loved ones. As Christians we believe God is with us always and especially with those who are in need. Our services are founded on deep beliefs and the hope that God is with us and has conquered death because of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
At a Christian funeral we focus on a number of closely related things:
Christian funeral services attempt to keep these various aims in balance and to integrate them into an act of worship which reflects our faith, our experience and our feelings. We express our faith in the risen Christ, remember the person who has died, read from the Bible and say appropriate prayers. Suitable hymns or other music may be included, though they do not have to be.
The ritual actions include the carrying of the coffin into the church or other place chosen for the funeral, the optional setting up of appropriate symbols (of which the paschal candle, the Church’s sign of the light of the risen Christ has particular importance) in the vicinity of the coffin or even upon it, and the burial of the remains of the deceased person. See below about the burial of cremated remains.
Special provision can also be made to assist the private reflection and devotion of those who have been bereaved: at home before the funeral, in church on the eve of the funeral, at home after the funeral. When a child or young person dies, the funeral has a different nature and the prayers and readings will reflect this.
Since every funeral is different, the Church in Wales provides a very wide range of services. The family is invited to select the one which appears most appropriate to their own needs.
Funeral Fees 2017 :
Ministry Fee - £81 (payable to the officiating minister), committal fee £21*
* For a committal following a separate funeral service elsewhere, at which a different minister has officiated
Church Fee - £100 (payable to the Church or PCC)
Verger Fee - £35
Organist - £50