Funerals at St. John’s, Toorak, during the COVID-19 pandemic
UPDATE as at 26 March, 2021
Many people wish to farewell their loved ones at St. John’s and we are honoured to care for families wherever possible. Funerals may now be held at the church but a limit of 170 attendants still applies. Social distancing is still encouraged. Masks must be carried. Please ensure that you sign in using the QR code (this is preferred) or on the paper register if you do not have a smartphone.
When a loved one dies, we want to provide them with the best possible occasion to say farewell and entrust them to God’s care. Please note the following:
- St. John’s clergy are available to conduct funerals at St. John’s church, at a funeral chapel, or at the graveside.
- In the case of funerals held at St. John’s, the limit on the number permitted to attend is 170. The Angel Chapel can accommodate 12 people. Social distancing is encouraged in both the main church and the Chapel.
- All who attend must scan the QR code to register attendance before entering the church. Hand sanitiser must be used.
- Clergy can now meet with families in person to organise funerals.
- A requiem Eucharist is possible but the Eucharist is in one kind (bread only).
- It is possible to arrange for organ music at the service and possibly a small choir or soloist.
- You may privately arrange casket flowers and flowers for flower stands.
- Memorial services with no body present can also be accommodated for those who have recently died. In such cases a funeral director should be present to assist the clergy and family.
To organise a funeral at St. John’s during this period, please speak first to a funeral director, and then contact the church on 9826 1434.
The Rev. Dr. Peter French