“I am the resurrection and the life” says the Lord “those who believe in God, even though they die, live and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” John 11.25,26
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 after death. (Common worship)
The funerals are an important and precious ministry. There is a mixture of thankfulness for the life of the person we love, mixed with profound grief and pain in our losing them. The funeral service brings together these conflicting emotions of love, grief and respect.
Here, in the Parish of Rushall, funeral services will usually take place either in the Parish Church of St Michael, or at Streetly Crematorium Chapel. As Rushall Churchyard is a “closed” churchyard, which means there are no new grave spaces available, most funerals that take place in church are then followed by a committal ceremony at the crematorium or at one of the local authority cemeteries. There is provision for the ashes of loved ones to be interned in the churchyard although there is no longer the possibility of providing individual plaques of remembrance.
For those organising a funeral, the first step is usually to appoint a funeral director. We work closely with all our local funeral directors and each one of them will guide you, sensitively, through the requirements that must be met. The funeral director will liaise with the clergy and the crematorium/cemetery staff on your behalf to arrange the funeral service. Each one of them will guide you sensitively, through the requirements that must be met and advise you as to the costs involved.
Once the day and time of the funeral has been confirmed a member of the clergy will contact the family directly. However, please feel free to contact us beforehand should you feel the need. We will endeavour to meet with you and talk through the service. Our ministry to you is not confined only to the funeral service itself. The name of your loved one is included in our prayers at each church service throughout the week and following month and then later in the year they are remembered again at our annual memorial service.
Our Pastoral Care team will contact you, if you live in the parish, to see how you are doing and if you would like a visit or someone to talk to.