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Parish of St Mark, Worsley

with St Mary, Ellenbrook & St Andrew, Boothstown
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A service in church?
St Mark’s Church is available to all who wish to come for a departed relative’s funeral or memorial service, whether or not this is followed by interment in the churchyard. 

We would encourage all who are bereaved to consider this option, which provides more time and space, and a more dignified setting, than a crematorium or cemetery chapel. Such places, however well-run, are for one purpose only; whereas a church is a community of the living as well as of the departed, and has many other associations. Do not be put off by funeral directors who may discourage a church service for reasons of their own convenience! When the service in church is followed by committal at a local crematorium, the service there is very brief and does not involve a long journey. You can encourage friends to come to church to make their farewell, with only the family going on for the committal. 

There are several excellent local venues for a gathering after the funeral; the church hall is also available, if you wish to make your own arrangements.
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 over death. 
Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and regret. To acknowledge this at the beginning and end of the service should help us to use this occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. Those who mourn need support and consolation. The presence of family and friends at the funeral is part of that continuing support

(Pastoral Introduction to the Funeral Service, Common Worship)

Burial in the Churchyard

There are no new graves available in the churchyard, but if you have a family grave, consider using it for a burial. Most of our graves are for five interments. It will certainly be cheaper than cremation, and is more ecological! We can arrange for an inscription to be added to an existing memorial stone


Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance is situated towards the rear of St Mark's Church on the north side of the nave. It is intended primarily as a record of the names, age (or date of birth) and year of death of anyone departed - whether or not they are interred at St Mark. 
Entries are made on the page of the date of death, at the request of an individual donor. Additional information or other material (for example, a suitable quotation) will be accepted at the discretion of the Rector and Wardens

The Book is opened each day at the page of the date, and may be inspected at any other page by arrangement with the Rector. If you are coming from a distance, please check first that the church will be open by ringing the Rector or the church office. See Contacts Page


Interment of Ashes

Ashes may be interred in the Churchyard, The Garden of Remembrance, or The Woodland Rest at St Mark’s by arrangement with the Rector. The interment may take place on a Sunday at 12 noon, following the morning service, or a Tuesday at 10am following the service at 9.15am (both of which provide an opportunity for the family to attend the service beforehand), or at some other suitable time during the week.
The funeral director will deliver the ashes to the church (unless you do this yourself), where they will be kept in the Ellesmere Chapel until the arranged date.


For interment in a grave, ashes should be in a wooden casket; for all other interments, in a disposable container


For more details regarding Interment of Ashes - click here to go to our 'Interment of Ashes' page