Holding a Funeral at St Peter’s Takapuna
Jesus said, ‘Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.’
St Peter’s is available to the wider community for funerals. The Vicar is available to take the funerals of those who wish to have a Christian funeral.
In general a funeral service at St Peter’s will follow the format laid out in ‘A New Zealand Prayer Book’. The Vicar and family together will select what is suitable for each individual funeral service.
Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life and that there is renewed life in Christ after death. The service reflects this belief.
The service also offers prayerful support for those who are grieving.
In the service we begin by remembering the person who has died and offering comfort to those who mourn.
We honour the life of the person who has died by way of spoken tributes.
We say the Lord’s Prayer.
We hear God’s word of hope and consolation from Scripture.
We give thanks for Christ’s victory over death.
We pray for a deeper faith for ourselves and for all who mourn.
We make our farewells to the deceased in a commendation to God’s mercy and love and conclude with the Blessing of Peace.
The committal of the body may take place at the graveside or the crematorium or during the service before the Blessing of Peace.
It is an option to include the Eucharist during a funeral service.
For a service of remembrance when the body of the person who has died is not present the Funeral Service without The Committal is used.
If you would like to hold a funeral at St Peter’s please ring the Vicar, Rev’d Jonathan Gale, on 021 254 3791 to make arrangements for this to happen.
Prayers at the time of Death/ Last Rites.
Of all human events, death concerns us the most deeply. When death approaches, whether it be our own or that of someone close to us, it immediately becomes our principal and overriding concern. When people die their family and friends suffer loss, shock and grief. Grief is like a wound which requires care and time if it is to heal. Nevertheless, God’s love continues through our loss and in our grieving. At the time of and immediately after death the need for care is critical. People can be strengthened by prayers at the time of death.
Where possible the Vicar will ensure that the dying person is prepared beforehand for death. If the dying person wishes, The Reconciliation of a Penitent may be used. Prior to the service the person may receive Holy Communion if they so wish and/or an anointing with holy oil.
The Committal of Ashes
‘There is a season for everything.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1
After a cremation, the family may wish to mark the reverent disposal of the ashes in a significant way. The church offers a short service which includes prayers that provide the family with an opportunity to do this.
There is a Garden of Remembrance next to St Peter’s Church where ashes can be interred. This Garden is reserved for the ashes of active Parishioners.
For many people the final resting place focuses a family’s grieving and their memory of the one who has died. The church offers a short service which is normally conducted by a priest for the unveiling of a Memorial, usually one year after the person has died.
If you consider the Parish to be your spiritual home, you may wish to think about including a bequest to St Peter’s in your will.
A bequest is a gift to the Church which has effect on your death. It is made by including the gift in a new will or adding it to your existing will with a codicil (amendment).
If you don’t have a will we strongly recommend you get one done. A will needs to be signed and witnessed in a special way and have some clear wording for legal effect, we recommend it be prepared by a lawyer or the Public Trust. Lawyers usually have a relatively low standard charge for a straight-forward will, and the Public Trust do not charge.
Making a bequest is a way of giving now and in the future, and it is a good way, especially if you feel that you would like to be giving more than you are presently able to. It is a way in which you can make a difference to your Church – to help it be the spiritual home as much for future generations as it is for you now.
If you already have a will, a codicil to create a bequest is a simple, quick thing for your lawyer or the Public Trust to do.
Making a bequest to the Parish is a perfect way of helping the Parish in the years ahead. It could be stated in your will that the bequest is for a specific purpose – such as for some aspect of Ministry or the upkeep of some part of Church property that you particularly treasure, or the bequest could be stated to be for the Parish’s general purposes.
If you would like any information on how to leave a bequest to the Parish, please contact the Vicar 021 254 3791.
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