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The Methodist Church
The Methodist Church is part of the worldwide Christian church and grew out of the 18th century Evangelical Revival. Formed in the UK by the Wesley brothers, John and Charles, at their ‘holy club’ at Oxford, it was so named because of the way they used ‘method’ and ‘rules’ to determine their religious convictions. At this time, it was still part of the Church of England, but after Charles Wesley’s death it broke away.
The Funeral Service
A Methodist funeral has all the elements of a traditional Christian funeral. The funeral service can take place in the local Methodist church. However, most do not have burial grounds, or if they do many are full, so cremation or burial at a local cemetery is more usual.
After the Funeral
After the service, it is usual for family and friends to gather together, either at home or at a local venue such as a village hall, hotel or public house. This is an opportunity for mourners to support each other, reminisce and share stories. Light refreshments may be served.
Sometimes, if it is a small, private funeral, a memorial service will take place at a later date for wider family and friends.
What to Wear
It is no longer obligatory to wear black to funerals but, unless the family specify otherwise, smart clothing in subdued colours is expected.
Charitable Donations and Flowers
It is increasingly common for charitable donations to be made to the deceased’s chosen charity, in lieu of flowers. There may be a collection for the charity during the funeral service or it can be made independently by attendees.
Otherwise, floral tributes can be sent to the funeral director, who will bring these in the hearse with the coffin, or to the home of the family.
Burial, cremation, embalming and donation of the body to medical science are all acceptable.
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