Scottish Charity Number SC006700
Arranging a Funeral in Church
Nether Lochaber Church of Scotland is a Parish Church. We are here for everyone living in the parish, not just for the people who come to Church. We will be glad to help provide you with the funeral that is best for you.
This page sets out arrangements for a service within the Church, though if it is your wish the minister can explore other options with you. The most common pattern is that we begin with a service in the Church and then have a short service of committal and interment at the graveside. The practical arrangements need to be made in conjunction with the Funeral Director.
Local Funeral Directors
Mike McFall, 10 Battlefield Crescent, Inverlochy, Fort William, PH33 6NB.
Tel: 01397 701 110. Mob: 07789 918 554.
John McLellan & Co. Ltd., Dudley Road, Fort William, PH33 6JB.
Tel: 01397 702 128 (24 hours). Email: email@example.com
If you would like the help of Nether Lochaber Church with a funeral service, contact the Minister, the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Kinnear on 01855 831 227 or the Session Clerk, Mrs. Jean Coke on 01855 821 003.
The local Registrar should be contacted before you arrange the funeral. Contact Isobel Mackellaig on 01397 704 583.
The Church Service
A service in the Church may be expected to last for about 20 to 30 minutes. The content and format should be discussed with the minister who will be conducting the service.
It is customary to have 2 or 3 hymns during the service, the choice being discussed with the Minister. Organ music or recorded music can be provided before and after the service. The choice of music can be discussed with the organist, Melville Paton on 01855 821 371.
The words of hymns and readings can be shown on a screen if desired. It is also possible to display photos and tributes to the deceased on screen prior to the service. One may wish to provide in addition a printed Order of Service. This can be arranged by the Funeral Director.
You may, if you wish, decorate the church with flowers. Access to the Church should be arranged with the Church Officer. After the funeral, you may wish to remove the flowers for your own use, or leave them in the Church for the following Sunday service.
Local florists are –
Forget-Me-Not Florists, 109 High Street, Fort William, PH33 DG Tel: 01397 701 300.
McDonald Bros., 12-13 Battlefield Crescent, Inverlochy, Fort William, PH33 6NB. Tel: 01397702 221.
The Church Officer is responsible for heating and lighting in the Church. He will also open the Church at a pre-arranged time to receive the coffin prior to the funeral. Please contact Andrew Coke on 01855 821 003.
Fees and Donations
Use of Church £100
Church Officer £30
Minister No fee – expenses only.
Fees and donations should be placed in envelopes for giving to recipients on the day of the funeral.
The Church community continue to be concerned for you in the time following your bereavement and are here with the Minister to support you. Your experience of bereavement may raise questions and issues regarding your own personal faith so please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
The weekly service is held at noon to which visitors are always welcome.
www.netherlochaberchurch.co.uk provides full details of the Church and its activities.
“I am the resurrection and life, says the Lord. Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies.” John 11:25