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Reflections on ministry

The role of ‘remembering’ on the journey to faith

As October draws to a close and November begins, the Church of England will see some of its largest congregations ...

Ashes to ashes…and then what?

What happens to ashes after cremation?  How can the church help with the disposal of loved ones’ remains? June this year, ...

Ministry at Grenfell Tower

Rev Dr Gabby Thomas, a curate at St Mary with St Alban, Teddington. She writes here about the churches’ response ...

The Opportunity of Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week, May 8th-14th in 2017, raises an opportunity to help parishes and congregations feel more confident about talking ...

What makes ‘a good funeral’?

The Revd Helen Hancock, Team Rector of the Tolworth, Hook & Surbiton Team Ministry and Emma Sparre-Slater, Senior Funeral Director ...

Stepping into the unknown

Last week I was being royally treated by a diocese somewhere in England. Dire to the pressure of time between ...

Warm contacts, wider contacts

Every week the Church of England is involved with around 3000 funerals, 2000 baptisms of children under 12 and 1000 ...

“Shattered”

Like most vicars I have taken quite a lot of funerals, some straightforward, others complex and challenging. I have also ...

Can a Christian have a vocation to be a Funeral Celebrant?

My name is Alan Stanley. Six years ago before I took an early retirement from my dental practice, I had ...

Dying Matters

The past few years has seen the beginning of a major cultural shift in our attitudes to talking about death. ...