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Our church family will always be there to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England-led funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed.

Christians believe that each and every person is uniquely made in the image of God. So a Church of England funeral is a good place to give thanks for all that was special about the person you knew and loved.

A Church of England funeral can be held in a place that you choose – whether a church or a crematorium

It can also include unique details, whether that is what people wear, the music that is played, readings that are chosen or simply a photograph at the front. Talk to one of our minister’s about the person you want to give thanks for and work out what is possible.

The prayers at a funeral can also reflect a unique life. They could include prayers for work or a hobby that has been important, for those who have cared during a final illness and for family members by name. They can be led by the minister or by someone amongst family or friends who is at ease leading prayers in public.

Some popular hymns

  • Abide with me
  • Jerusalem
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
  • Amazing Grace
  • For all the Saints
  • He who would valiant be
  • Lord of all hopefulness
  • Lord of the Dance
  • Love divine all loves excelling
  • Morning has broken
  • Nearer my God to thee
  • Make me a channel of thy peace
  • The King of love my shepherd is
  • The Lord’s my Shepherd
  • The old rugged cross
  • There is a green hill far away


Our bereavement support group meets at St Elizabeth’s Church, every Thursday at 2 p.m. for 1 hour

St. Elizabeth’s Close,
Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4UE

For more details ring Jan: 01325 321225