As well as being here for times of joy and celebration, the St Stephen's community also exists to give hope and comfort in more difficult and challenging times.
The clergy here at St Stephens regard the leading and arranging of funerals as a vitally important and privileged part of their ministry. We give a lot of time to visiting families, comforting those who are facing loss, finding out what service they want to use and helping them to arrange and personalise it.
Many people do not realise that they have the right to a funeral in their parish church, even if they have not been regular churchgoers.
The funeral service is for friends and family to gather together, to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend their loved one into God's keeping.
Whether the service will be 'small' or 'large' in numbers attending, we are able to provide whatever you may require.
You can find out more about Funerals at the Church of England's Funerals website
I am the resurrection and the life,' says the Lord. 'Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
John 11: 25-26