Statement Concerning Funerals during COVID-19
Funerals at St. John’s, Toorak, during the COVID-19 pandemic church closure period
As at 26 May, 2020
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.
Funeral Directors and Florists
Organising a funeral can be very challenging. May we suggest just a few possibilities that may assist you as you prepare to farewell a loved one. The following funeral directors and florists know St. John’s well.
Allison Monkhouse: https://monkhouse.com.au/
Tobin Brothers (Malvern): https://tobinbrothers.com.au/malvern/
Selwyn Allen: https://selwynallenfunerals.com.au/
Le Pine Funerals: https://lepinefunerals.com.au
Flowers Vasette: https://flowersvasette.com.au/
Victoria Whitelaw: https://victoriawhitelaw.com.au/
The Fresh Flower Man: http://www.thefreshflowerman.com/