Information for Funeral Directors

Funerals would normally be conducted Rev’d Paul Hamilton or St Nicholas Parish Lay reader, Mrs Pat Horton. Funerals are also available in St Stephen's (East Ham estate) and All Saints east Horndon so please ensure people have this choice.

We have another lay reader and priest in secular employment who are licensed to conduct funerals but whose availability is limited.

Services in Church

St Nicholas' church yard has a limited number of spaces for people who live or die in the parish.

A great deal of money has been spent levelling the church yard and we would ask you to adhere to our burial instructions   which will enable us to keep the church yard in good order.

We are very keen and willing to have services at St Nicholas’s church. We prefer services at St Nicholas’ to be after 1pm if possible due to car parking clashes with our pre school. We are able to accommodate earlier in the day by arrangement if required but there are no bathroom facilities until the Pre School has concluded..

Please ensure that the cortège parks at the lynch gate at the front of the churchyard. Pulling into the car park creates enormous congestion problems, is inappropriately close to our pre school and does not carry the same dignity as entering church from the front.

We do not keep trestles in church so we are always grateful to use yours. Please ensure we know if you need us to acquire some or yours are unavailable for any reason.

Fees & Other Details

We adhere to the CofE's rules on fees which are available here.

Our organist fee for playing at a service is £60. Our Verger fee is £40 and our clergy travel expenses our £20. Please bring these as cash in a seperate envelope.

We permit recorded music in church and have the facility to play most CDs. We like to have a copy in advance to check its compatibility with our system. We do not charge any extra for this service.

Please make all cheques payable to 'Paul Hamilton's Church Fees Account'. This enables the secretary to administer the monies towards the Diocese and the PCC.

We are happy for service fees to be paid on monthly account with exception of Organist, Verger and other occasional officers.

We do allow a collection box in church for the families chosen charity but ask for a 50/50 split towards the ongoing work of the church. All other fees are listed on our fees page

Monday is the Rector's day off so please leave a message on his voice mail. In an emergency he can be contacted on 07854 214409 or by email.

During times of holiday or sickness we are happy for any licensed Anglican minister to conduct funeral services in church. Brentwood Deanery ministers are contactable by visiting www.deaneryofbrentwood.co.uk

Garden of Remembrance

The garden of remembrance is available for the burial of cremated remains upon request. Due to limited space we restrict this to the parish of St Nicholas’ only. Ashes are poured into ground rather than buried in containers; however we will consider allowing the burial of bio degradable containers if pouring is particularly distressing for families, but this must be by prior arrangement.

Parish Boundaries

We are grateful for the opportunity to minister to all the bereaved people within our parishes irrespective of religious affiliation or none. If people request another Christian minister we would still value the opportunity to pray for families and we would be grateful to receive contact information if they are willing for us to have it. This also gives us the opportunity to invite people to our annual All Souls service whether we’ve conducted the funeral or not.

If you are unable to cover services from another parish then please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to help.

Headstones

Headstone erection and inscription is done via the normal CR1 form. We follow the Diocesan Guidelines with regards to size, design and wording.