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Funeral services

Through its parish system and territorial ministry the Church of Scotland seeks to serve all the people of Scotland and not just the membership of the Church. Nobody in the situation of bereavement within the parish boundaries should hesitate to seek the services of the minister of St Andrews Lhanbryd and Urquhart, either directly or through the undertaker.  

Frequently asked questions

Does the person need to be a church member? –   No

Does the service need to have a religious content?  – Yes

What are the parish boundaries? – If you are unsure, please contact the minister and he will advise if you fall within the Parish. In the event that you do not  – you will be assisted in the finding of your local parish minister.

What is the cost of a funeral at St Andrews Lhanbryd and Urquhart Church? –  the services of your parish minister are free , there is a small charge for the use of the church, the services of the beadle and the payment of the organist.

Our preference is not to have hymns? –   That is your choice however it is a Christian Service that is provided by the Church of Scotland  and will feature, words, Christian reflection, prayers and blessing.

Are funerals services only conducted at the Church? – No funeral services can be conducted at a funeral parlour, at the local crematorium or at the graveside.

A family member or a friend would like to reflect on the life of the bereaved?- This is possible with prior consultation  with the the minister or leader of the service.

I would like secular music to be played or poetry to be read at the funeral service? – this can normally be accommodated provided it is in sympathy with the principles of the Christian faith.

Is there are eulogy? – The minister will seek to give a short summary of the life of the deceased the information being sourced from information  given by the bereaved.

Is it always a minister that will conduct  funeral service? – there are times when the parish minister is unavailable,  arrangements are made for pastoral cover.  When cover is in place it might not always be an ordained minister conducting the service.

I would like my funeral on xxx day of the week?– There are times when the minister is unavailable to conduct a funeral service because of other commitments.  In the event of this happening an alternative day or time will be provided.

I would like to make a donation to the Church – there are occasions when the bereaved would like to acknowledge the church for there services. We do appreciate and welcome such support – but you are under no compulsion to do so.

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