Smethwick Old Church
Part of the Church of England
We are always ready to support and visit people who are seriously ill and after any death. If you wish to talk to us about a funeral, please speak to The Reverend Deb Buckley on 0121 558 1763 or via her contact form or get in touch via our Contact page.
We are also always ready to be involved in funeral services for anyone who lives in the parish of Old Church or has local connections. Anyone who lives in the parish of Old Church has the right to have their funeral service in church, if that is what they want. They do not have to have a strong recent church connection.
Within the broad framework of a funeral service, we would be delighted to include memories and tributes from family and friends. The ministers would be pleased to read these for you, if that is what you would prefer. You will need to discuss details of the service with the minister taking the funeral.
Please note that fees are payable in connection with the different aspects of funeral services.
You’ll find the details here.
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What to do first
In arranging a funeral, you should first contact a funeral director. On this page you will find links to those funeral directors in the vicinity of Old Church. They will discuss your requirements, give advice where necessary, and contact Old Church to arrange a convenient time and place. The funeral service may be at Old Church, if that is your wish, or at a crematorium. Burial or cremation will follow; cremated remains can, if you wish, be buried at a later date.
Apart from existing family graves and where there is room, Old Church churchyard is full and, unfortunately, burials cannot be held there. However, there are graveyards close to the church; your funeral director can advise about this. For those with close links to Old Church, there is limited room for the interment of ashes in our churchyard.
The Dorothy Parkes Centre, adjacent to Old Church, could be available for those who wish to arrange a reception after the service. Please enquire on 0121 558 2998. You will find further contact details on the Centre’s website.
Local Funeral Directors
96 Cemetery Road
0121 558 9601
278 High Street
0121 555 5529
Henley Funeral Directors
5 Warley Road
08000 566 564
426 Rotton Park Road
0121 558 8801
Sorting out the paperwork
Annual Memorial Services
Old Church holds two special remembrance services on or around 2nd November which is All Souls’ Day. One service is devised specifically for those who have lost a baby before or after birth, or as a young child, whether the loss is recent or took place many years ago. The second service is devised for those who have lost a much-loved adult family member or friend. Both these services are reflective and candle-lit. They each provide an opportunity to remember your loved one by name, light a candle in their memory, and to pray for family members and friends.
The times of the services can be found on the Diary page from September onwards.
Smethwick Old Church, The Uplands, Smethwick, B67 6EQ. Telephone: 0121 558 1763 Site contents © Smethwick Old Church 2018