HOLY Trinity, Stalybridge, held its annual bereavement service on Sunday, November 12.
The ‘Service to Remember’, now in its fourth year, is aimed at the bereaved, either recent or long term, to give thanks for the lives of their loved ones.
There were traditional hymns, readings, a short message and time to reflect.
At the start all those who attended were given a flower and these were brought forward during the service as the names of all their loved ones were read out.
During the service, the flowers were incorporated into beautiful floral displays which were available for further viewing in the church lounge the following week.
After the service, the guests were served with home-made cake, tea and coffee, and had the opportunity to talk to the bereavement team.
The service was well attended and most were not regular church goers and the church felt the event had made a significant contribution to the community.
“We had a lot of very positive feedback from people who attended, regarding how the service and the welcoming atmosphere had helped them,” said church official Janet Danzi.
An event on December 16 entitled ‘A Christmas Treat’ will be another opportunity to remember a loved one at Christmas.
The church will be open from 1pm-4pm, and there will be carols playing, cakes, mince pies and a memory tree on which people can hang a heart with the name of their loved one.