Church family events at St. Andrew’s
There’s always lots going on at St. Andrew’s, please see the list below for dates coming up. Everyone is always welcome to join; if you need any further information on anything that’s coming up please get in touch.
Sat29Apr20174:00pmThe Minster Church of St. Andrew
Saying Goodbye Service
The loss of a child at any stage is a traumatic experience, often leaving parents, siblings, family and friends in a dark and lonely place.
The Saying Goodbye Service is for anyone who's suffered the loss of a baby at any stage, whether recently or decades ago.
Who Can Attend the Services?
The services are for women and men who have suffered the loss of a baby, as well as for their children and their extended family and friends, whether the loss be recent or historic. Additionally we welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they have never had children.
It should also be noted that all are welcome regardless of the type or circumstances of loss they have experienced. Whether you have been through early or late miscarriage, missed miscarriage, an ectopic or molar pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal or early infant loss or any other type of baby or child loss, all are welcome.
If you need to say goodbye to a baby or to grieve, or you want to come along with a friend who needs to say goodbye, you are welcome at any of the services.
Why Should I Attend the Services?
Loss at any stage is traumatic. Early loss is often not acknowledged or discussed, with commemorative services seldom taking place. Services for babies who are stillborn or lost in early years, are usually conducted while parents are in a fog of grief and pain.
The services will give you the opportunity to stand with other people ‘who know’ the pain of losing a child, and offer you a time to publicly acknowledge and remember children who have been lost.