Both the St Peter’s Parish Hall and St Luke’s are available for funeral services. We also conduct services where it may be appropriate to the family – e.g. in a Funeral Director’s Chapel or at the graveside.
There is no easy or simple way through grief – it’s a healing process that often requires one step at a time. Grief often means feeling that we are completely alone, that no-one is there for us, and there is an awareness that even God seems to have deserted us.
God often works through the loving actions of people who may be our family, friends and colleagues. Both St Peter’s and St Luke’s are spaces that are available for prayer and support as we seek to be a people of community and compassion.
The words of the service
The Anglican Funeral Service from A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare o Aoteraroa provides the structure around different readings, prayers, music and visual displays that can be included.
Funerals need to have the music that is appropriate to both the person who has died and to the community who will gather. Music could be – organ music, CDs, instrumental, bagpipes, soloists, singing groups or choirs.
Garden of Remembrance
There are no longer any plots available for sale in the St Peter’s graveyard. However, we now have a Garden of Remembrance near the front of the church and plots are for sale here with ashes being poured into the ground beside a plaque.