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Can family members erect a permanent memorial to a loved one in a Garden of Remembrance, where ashes have been placed?
The extent to which memorials are permitted without a faculty depends on the Churchyard Regulations issued by the Chancellor of the Diocese
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What are 'Parochial Fees' exactly?
Parochial fees are the required (legally payable) fees for weddings, baptisms and funerals.
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Where do I buy all of the resources?
Professionally designed and printed resources, many of which can be customized with your church’s details, can be ordered on the Church print Hub:
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How do I find out how many spaces are left in a churchyard? How long before we can re-use a plot?
The first port of call for this is your Diocesan Advisory Committee.
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Can we charge extra on top of the parochial fee if our church building is large?
No, it would be unlawful to do so. In rare circumstances, and in consultation with the archdeacon or other diocesan advisor in every case, the person paying may be invited to make a voluntary contribution to help cover additional costs incurred. This would be to help cover exceptional costs only, su
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What PCC items are covered by parochial fees?
Any costs and expenses in relation to routine administration connected to a service apply to the PCC part of the fee. This includes arranging dates and times, making entries in the marriage register, plus making the church building available and lighting it. It is unlawful to make any additional cha
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What are the current fees for baptisms, weddings and funerals?
The fees fluctuate each year according to interest rates and other factors. For the latest fees for each kind of Life Events service, visit the Church of England website:
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Can parochial fees ever be waived?
In cases of genuine financial hardship of the person paying, the incumbent/priest-in-charge has the right of waiver, but should consult with the PCC and churchwardens first. That said, fees cannot be waived generally - they can only be waived 'in a particular case'. So there needs to be good r
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Can a CofE minister allow a non-religious funeral to take place in her church?
A non-Christian funeral is not permitted in a church, but it is worth bearing in mind that a family looking for a totally non-Christian funeral cannot really achieve that in a church anyway - by its very nature, the building, the furnishings, the stained glass etc, all speak of the Christian faith
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Does a Church of England funeral have to have a commendation?
If the Common Worship funeral service is used, the service must include a prayer of entrusting or commending the departed to God's mercy: the commendation is not an optional part of the service. The Series One burial service provides the option of including words of commendation in the prayer of
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