St. John’s Toorak has been the venue for many services celebrating the lives of all manner of people over a great many years. The staff at St. John’s are well used to preparing and leading services of this nature, and are always willing to consider the particular needs and wishes of the families concerned.
Whilst there is considerable flexibility, it should be noted and understood that St. John’s Toorak is an Anglican Church and that an Anglican Church can only be used for the purposes of Anglican services of worship, with an Anglican priest presiding. This means that it is not possible for St. John’s Church to be “hired out” or “used” for other purposes. It should be further noted that under no circumstances may a civil celebrant lead, preside or participate at any part of a funeral service in St. John’s church or in the Buxton Hall.
The Order of Service
Before the Service
After the Service
The St. John’s catering guild may be able to provide catering. Contact the parish office to check the price per person and availability of the Guild.
Music & Hymns
The funeral or memorial service always includes at least one Psalm, and one other reading from the Bible; there may also be further readings from other places. A family member or friend may be invited to read the reading/s, or the clergy will read. Click here to download a collection of Readings from the Bible suitable for the funeral service. You are welcome to suggest a reading of your own choosing.