Important Information in view of Coronavirus
One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 lockdown has been the inability of families to hold a funeral service in their church or community. As lockdown rules have eased in Scotland now we are in level 3. This means that funeral services can be held in church and up to 50 people may attend such services. These numbers do not include the minister or person conducting the service, the funeral director and volunteers who will assist with people safely entering and leaving the building. We work closely with Funeral Directors and families to ensure that we all will respect the rules and regulations of physical distancing.
Those attending or helping out at a funeral service must wear their face covering in the building, unless they are exempt of this on medical grounds. Please be prepared that your name and phone number might be recorded for track and tracing purposes. There is a one way system in the church, please follow the signs. There are designated seats for single visitors and family groups at 2 metres distances between designated seats. You will be shown to an available seat. Singing is still not permitted during worship. We use recored worship music and praise instead.
We offer you our most sincere condolences on your loss.
Losing a loved one can be a difficult time emotionally and practically. We offer you whatever help we can, be it praying for you and your loved ones, offering practical support, or simply by listening to your concerns.
At St. Stephen’s Comely Bank we conduct funerals for all members of our parish, whether they were members of the church or not. As an ordained minister, George is licenced to perform funerals and very experienced in supporting those who are grieving.
The service can be held at the church itself, followed by burial or cremation, or you can choose to have the full service at the crematorium. There is a set order of service for a funeral, we can help you to choose appropriate hymns and readings if requested.
In return we charge a small fee to cover the costs of the church, church officer and organist.