St Philip and St James’ Church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DL


Funerals


 

During 2020 our Church building will be closed for our reodering.  You can read more about the Reordering project here.

During this time, we can arrange to conduct funerals at one of tghe other Churches of the South Cheltenham team.  Our nearest Church is St Stephen’s, Tivoli.  We can also arrange for services to be conducted at St Peter’s, Leckhampton.

Usually the first arrangements are made between the family and the funeral director, who will in turn contact the vicar. Should you wish to contact Revd Nick Davies, the Team Rector, please feel free to call him anytime on 01242 321268.

Many people have a Church of England funeral ceremony at Cheltenham Crematorium, others have a funeral service in church followed by a shorter committal service at the Crematorium or elsewhere.  Sometimes families choose to have a brief committal service for close family, followed by Thanksgiving Service in church.  A service in church often allows more time for tributes, prayers and hymns and for more people to attend, as we can easily seat several hundred people.   We will do all we can to fit in with the family’s arrangements.

We hold a memorial service in November each year where everyone is welcome to come and remember those we have loved and lost, to light a candle and say a prayer. If you would like to receive an invitation to this service please contact the office.

There is a memorial book in the chapel where the names of those whose funeral services have been taken by clergy at St Philip and St James may be recorded. During 2020 the Memorial Book has been moved to St Stephen’s, Tivoli.  Please contact the parish office if you would like a name recorded.

Here is an outline of the Order of Service for a Church of England funeral

Here are some readings people often have at funerals

Here are some hymns that are popular for funerals

Here is a Collection of non-Biblical readings that are often used at Funerals

Fees

Fees are usually paid via the undertakers. Our fees for 2020 are as follows:
Funeral at Church without choir £368
Funeral at Church with choir £498
Funeral at Crematorium £204
Interring of ashes in Columbarium £265