A Celebration of Life

Funeral ImageDeath is something that affects us all, and we are here to support you through this difficult time, from the moment you contact us, throughout the funeral service and for as long as you need us afterwards.

A Christian funeral is an opportunity to say goodbye to our loved ones and celebrate their life, as well as giving an opportunity to express our grief and sadness at their death. But also at the heart of a Christian funeral is the message of hope, that because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, death is not the end. This message of hope is not only for those who have died, but for those who are left behind as well.


Who do I contact when arranging a funeral service?

When a death occurs in your family, please contact the Vicar on 01228 810616, who will work with you and your family to determine how to honour the life of your loved one.

Where can a funeral service be held?

Funeral services can be held in church, or at Carlisle cemetery or crematorium.

Can I have a funeral in church if I don’t attend church?


What are the advantages of having a funeral in church?

A service at a local crematorium / cemetery chapel is normally restricted to a maximum time of 30 minutes, whereas if you hold the service in church you will have more time, as we can agree a length of time for the service which fits your requirements. Another practical advantage is the larger size of a church compared to most crematorium / cemetery chapels. If you are expecting many mourners to the funeral, we are able to accommodate a much larger congregation.

Finally St James Church is equipped with data projectors, which can be used during the service should you wish.

Do you have a churchyard for burials or scattering of ashes?

St James doesn’t have a churchyard for burials or scattering of ashes. Burials and burial or scattering of ashes can take place following a service at St James in one of the local cemeteries. This can be arranged in advance with the funeral directors.

How do I go about planning a funeral service?

Planning a funeral service can seem very daunting, but we are here to help. The vicar will meet with you and your family to plan your loved ones funeral service.

The Church of England provides a helpful website with lots of resources for planning a funeral service, to visit this site click HERE.

What arrangements can I make now for my own funeral?

Increasingly people like to make plans for their own funerals. We would be very happy to help you in discussing what sort of service you would like. It is important that your next of kin are aware of your wishes.

Most funeral directors now offer schemes whereby you can arrange and pay in advance for your funeral, thereby removing some of the worries from those left behind.

St James' Church
St James' Road

Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm