Funerals

We will be there to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A church-led funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed

If you have recently been bereaved, the vicar and team at St Peter’s want to assure you that we will do all we can to make this difficult time more bearable for you.

If you are visiting this page to enquire about support after bereavement, please contact the Church Office or speak to the vicar at the end of one of our services. If you have already arranged a funeral director, mention to them that you would like to be put in contact with someone from St Peter’s and they will help you to make arrangements.

As soon as you have made contact with us about arranging a funeral, the minister taking the service will be available to talk with you about anything that concerns you, particularly, of course, planning the funeral itself, but also thinking beyond the day of the funeral to the weeks and months ahead.

Some questions may be better answered by the funeral directors, but we will do our best to offer helpful and reassuring advice or information whenever you need it.  Click here to download an information booklet about having a funeral service in church.

If you don’t know where to start when thinking about the service, there are plenty of suggestions for music, hymns and readings on the Church of England website. We hope this resource will be helpful, but the minister who is taking the service will be pleased to give you advice and support throughout the preparation for the funeral.

Merciful Father,

hear our prayers and comfort us;

renew our trust in Your Son,

whom You raised from the dead;

strengthen our faith

that all who have died in the love of Christ

will share in His resurrection;

who lives and reigns with You,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Is there a cost involved?

Yes, there are set fees from the Church of England regarding funeral services. As of 2024, the current fees are:

Funeral Service in Church (£228)
Cremation or Burial immediately preceding or following on from Service in Church (£34)
Minister travelling fee to Crematorium (£15)
Funerals at Crematorum or Cemetery only (£228)
Burial of Ashes in St Peter’s Garden of Remembrance (£292)

Fees are revised each year

Can I have a celebrant or other minister of religion?

Unfortunately, our church building is only licensed for Church of England services with a clergy or lay reader with permission to officiate in the Diocese of Chester. If you wish to have a celebrant, this is usually possible at most crematoriums or cemeteries. Please speak with your Funeral Director to find out more.

Burial of Ashes

For many people, having a place where they can visit to remember a loved one can be of great comfort. Although we do not have a Church Yard, we do have a Garden of Remembrance for burial of ashes (also known as Interment of Ashes). We allow interments for those that lived in the parish or have a special connection to St Peter’s.

Illegal disposal:

Ashes must be legally interred in a service led by the vicar, or clergy (with permission to officiate in the Diocese of Chester) or licensed lay reader. It is illegal to dispose of ashes without the permission of St Peter’s (or any landowner) and must be done in the correct way. We have CCTV surviellance and will report unlawful disposal to the police and remove ashes that have not been properly interred. 

How are ashes interred?

Our plots are located directly outside the church building within fenced areas. Unfortunately, we do not allow gravestones, markers or plaques. We have a grid system, with one plot per ashes, which is prepared in advance by the Verger, the ashes are poured directly into the plot and then recovered with soil and turf. We keep a record of names at the Memorial Desk in church, with a record of where the person’s ashes were interred. 

Can I leave flowers?

You are very welcome to lay flowers throughout the year. Please ensure you remove the plastic from bouquets. Please note that we periodically remove flowers for essential garden maintenance and upkeep of the grounds. All flowers and foliage are left at own risk. We do not accept responsbility for anything left on the plots.

Can I add ashes to an existing interred plot?

We are only able to inter ashes into the new plots in the next available spot available. 


Can I reserve a plot?

We are not able to reserve plots in advance. 

Aftercare Support

After the funeral the minister who conducted the service will aim to be in touch with you, but please feel free to contact them at any point. Supporting those who have been bereaved through a time when there are so many adjustments to be made is an important part of our ministry.

We will normally pray for your family for a number of weeks afterwards in our main Sunday services and at daily prayers.

We’re here for as long as you feel you need support.

Funeral Enquiry

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All Souls

Recently bereaved families and friends are invited to attend a special service during which we remember their loved ones. This service takes place on a Sunday evening nearest to All Souls Day.