The Bible encourages grief and mourning when death comes: there is ‘a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,’ (Ecclesiastes 3:4). The Christian hope is that Jesus defeated humanity’s last enemy, death: ‘by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.’ (Hebrews 2:14-15).
Funerals are conducted at St Mark’s according to the Anglican Prayer Book funeral rites. We acknowledge our loss, give thanks for the life of the one who has died, make our last farewell and begin to take up life once more. A Christian funeral proclaims the Christian hope in the face of death - Jesus Christ, whose resurrection is a promise of our own.
St Mark’s works in conjunction with funeral directors to assist families in the organisation and implementation of a suitable funeral, burial or memorial service under the guidance of one of our ministers.