Please remember that your church is still here for you; we are so sorry for your loss and we are praying for you.
Just B is a support group and meeting point for those recently bereaved. It meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 2.30 – 4 pm in St mary’s Church. If you’ve recently been bereaved and are finding it difficult to cope please come along. There is more support to the bereaved on our main website.
We are still here to support you and feel free to contact us by email or by telephone (01989 562175) We can then arrange for someone to contact you.
Meanwhile here are some ideas that you might find helpful: –
You can use this site to remember your loved one.
You can light a candle on-line at www.churchofengland.org/funeral-candle
If you are not able to attend the funeral of a relative or friend there is a service of reflection available for you to use at home on the day of the funeral or at another convenient time.
Our churches are now open for private prayer but please remember the rules regarding social distancing etc. if you plan to visit. You can leave prayer requests electronically or by phone 01989 562175. If you do that your prayer will be remembered by the ministry team and in prayer groups across our churches.
In times of bereavement people find scripture helpful –
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
And here is a prayer –
You have not made us for darkness and death,
But for life with you for ever.
Without you we have nothing to hope for;
With you we have nothing to fear.
Speak to us now your words of eternal life.
Lift us to the light and peace of your presence,
And set the glory of your love before us today:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen