We are always ready to support and visit when people are seriously ill and after any death. Please contact the Parish Office if you are in need of help or approach us when the Church is open.
We are also always ready to be involved in funeral services for anyone who lives in the parish of Kings Norton or has strong local connections. It is part of our duty as the Church of England in this place and anyone who lives here has the right to have their funeral service in church, if that is what they want. They do not have to have a strong recent church connection.
Within the broad framework of the Church of England service, we also welcome personal memories, tributes which family and friends will find helpful. We like family or friends to offer their own brief contributions, but the minister will always read them on their behalf if asked.
We also welcome any special music. If you would like CDs played, please note that they need to be commercial recordings, as downloaded CDs cannot be reliably read by our system. You will need to discuss all these and any Order of Service with the minister taking the funeral.
In planning the funeral you will however first need to contact a funeral director (see links below). They will discuss arrangements with you and then contact the church to arrange the time and place. The service may be in St Nicolas' Church or at a crematorium with cremation or burial following. Our Parish Office staff will then ensure that the minister taking the funeral will be in touch as soon as possible to help you prepare the service.
If you have just been bereaved, the last thing you will feel like doing is dealing with paperwork. There are, nevertheless, a number of steps which must be taken as soon as possible.
St Nicolas' Churchyard
The pandemic has, understandably, led to an increase in the number of funerals held at St Nicolas' and to growing pressure on the limited space available in the churchyard.
The Parochial Church Council has therefore applied to the appropriate authorities for permission to close the churchyard to new burials.
This does not affect the reopening of graves for second burials where depth allows, nor does it affect the burial of ashes.
WHO TO CONTACT
Cruse Bereavement Care