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Death can happen when you are young or old; it can be expected or sudden; it can be a tragedy or, in some senses, a release. Christians believe that God's love and power extends over all creation, that God is with us from before birth and through every second of our life, so He does not abandon us when we die but rather longs to welcome us to Heaven. 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’s victory over death at Easter. 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.
St Mary’s is here to serve all of the people of Newton and Flowery Field, whether you come regularly to church or whether you don’t. If you would like to talk about a funeral then please don’t hesitate to contact us, by email or by phone. 
The funeral service is an occasion 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. The church offers funeral services as a way of providing support and consolation to those who mourn. We offer funerals in St Mary’s Church or at the Crematorium.
St Mary’s Churchyard is still open for burials, Newton’s Churchyard in the heart of Newton. Neither you nor your loved ones need to be churchgoers to be buried in our Churchyard.
Whilst most funerals conclude with cremation, burial in the Churchyard (rather than in a municipal cemetery) is usually the lowest cost funeral option.
If there is anything at all we can do to support you through a bereavement, or if you’d like to think about the outline of a funeral when you’re planning for the future, or if you just have a few questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’d be more than happy to help. 
The Revd. Sheila O'Flaherty: 0161 368 1489