‘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 will never die.’ – John11:25,26

God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ after death

Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect. To acknowledge this at the beginning of our bereavement, and the subsequent journey through the funeral preparation, should help us to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. Those who mourn need the comfort and support of family and friends, and it is our intention to offer you our comfort and support from your family here from St John’s church in Baxenden

If you are considering holding a funeral at our church please let the funeral directors know and please do get in touch with the Vicar. He will then arrange to meet you as soon as possible to discuss the arrangements and to offer as much support as we can. We want you to know that you are not alone for the love and presence of God is always by your side, and the love of our church family will hold you in our thoughts and prayers

For further information on funerals please see the Church of England website

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ – Matthew 5:2


Miss Me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room;
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little – but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me – but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,

A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me – but let me go