Special remembrance service for the recently bereaved
More than 450 people packed Rainham’s St Margaret’s Church in December as families and friends who had lost loved ones over the past year took part in a special multi-denominational service of remembrance.
The annual event was organised by Medway funeral director John Weir and his dedicated team. The service was led by the Vicar of Rainham Judy Henning, assisted by Reverend James Harratt, also from St Margaret’s.
Also taking part in the service was Deacon Pru Cahill of Rainham Methodist Church and Peter Tongue, a Civil Life Celebrant. Father Sean O’Conner from Our Lady of Gillingham Roman Catholic Church led the prayers. The Mayor of Medway, Councillor Stuart Tranter, was joined by staff from John Weir to light commemorative candles.
The Last Post and Reveille were played by Royal Marine Buglers Colour Sgt Andrew Cornish and Sgt Tom Charnley, and soloist Joy Dey sang Time To Say Goodbye. Piper Peter Tennant played laments for the visitors during the beginning and end of the service.
Mr Weir said: “This was a very touching and emotional service, which gave people the chance to come together as they remember family and friends who have passed away during past year.”
A retiring collection, which was made at the end of the service, raised £526.84 for St Margaret’s Church.Tags: celebrant, Christmas, John Weir, Rainham, remembrance, service, St Margaret, St Margaret's Church