Sent to set hearts on fire to live and love as Christ did. Since 1831.
Spanning generations, from many nations. Since 1831.
Loving our community. Since 1831.
At St James’s we take very seriously the needs of those who are grieving, and we seek to make sure that the funeral is both a celebration of life, and a proper and fitting send-off to that larger life with God.
As the parish church for Enfield Highway and Brimsdown, St James’s is a place for all of life’s big events, including celebrating the life of one who has gone ahead and onward to new life in God’s nearer presence.
A number of families are opting to have their funerals at crematorium chapels, and the clergy at St James’s are of course available to conduct a funeral that is personal, poignant, and solemn.
As the time for a funeral in a crematorium chapel is very limited, you always have the option to have the funeral service at St James’s Church, which allows more time—and indeed more options—for the funeral, particularly for tributes and music.
When planning for a funeral, it’s prudent in the first instance to consult a funeral director. If you would like to have St James’s be involved in the funeral, please mention this to the funeral director.
In church we have a Memorial Book, in which names are inscribed, and on special dates, we at St James’s remember those names before God in our prayers.
We also hold a Memorial (Bereavement) Service at the end of October each year, so that families who have experienced bereavement may remember their loved ones once more before God.
The churchyard is original to the church, with graves over many decades. The churchyard (the portion of land immediately surrounding the church building) has been closed by Order of Council, with only limited burial of ashes on existing family plots.
The churchyard—consecrated and hallowed ground burial ground, is the parcel of land in front of, and for just a few metres to the sides and in back of, the church (called the curtilage). Extending to the back towards Durants park is the Hertford Road Cemetery, a municipal cemetery run by the cemeteries department of Enfield Council and has never been owned by the church or parish.
It’s not always clear whether your loved ones are buried in the churchyard or in the Hertford Road Cemetery. Unless you have written documentation confirming that the plot is in St James’s Churchyard, in the first instance you should contact the Enfield Cemeteries Department (note that a search fee will apply).
Though the Hertford Road Cemetery is largely full, there are still small plots available for the interring of cremated remains. We are happy to conduct a service of Committal of your loved one’s ashes, if you wish.
Fees and charges apply for funerals, committals and burials, whether in church, at a crematorium, or at a cemetery; some are statutory fees set by the Church Commissioners for England and ratified by parliament each November for the following year; others are charges set by St James’s church council at its December meeting for the following calendar year. (Note that there are no statutory fees for a funeral for a someone who died aged sixteen or younger.)
For a 2017 list of fees and charges for Funerals, Burials and Committals of Ashes as a PDF, please click this link: Funeral-Committal Fees 2017 St James’s
For more information about funerals in the Church of England, please click on this link, or on the orange ‘FUNERALS’ graphic above.