Christmas Memorial Service 2016
Posted on 15 December 2016
At 18.15 on Friday 9th December, 2016, the staff of the Crematorium and members of the public, congregated in the memorial hall for some refreshments and mulled wine.
At 18.45 everyone made their way to the Ogden Chapel for the start of the memorial service attended by Reverend David Cloake of Ss Philip & James Church of England, Whitton and Colin Irwin, Funeral Celebrant. As everyone entered the chapel The New Egham Singers Choir sang “Sweet Chiming Bells”.
Teresa Kearney, Superintendent/Registrar opened the service by welcoming everyone and expressing her wish “that the service would bring everyone a bit closer together as friends and families in the same purpose – to remember all we love and the good and happy times spent together”. The Superintendent then asked The Reverend David Cloake to open the service. Reverend Cloake offered his thoughts and reflections of Advent and Christmas and concluded by playing his choice of music for the service – O Come O Come Emmanuel by Phil Wickham – a modern version of the traditional carol.
Teresa Kearney then invited everyone to light a candle in memory of their loved one(s), during which the choir sang “Silent Night”
Mr. Colin Irwin, Funeral Celebrant, continued the service offering his thoughts and reflections for the coming season and reciting a poem especially written for the evening. He ended his reflections with his choice of music – No-one stands alone by Blue Murder.
Teresa Kearney then invited everyone to join in singing the traditional carol of “Once in Royal David’s City” ably assisted by The New Egham Singers choir.
Robert Savill – Deputy Superintendent/Registrar brought the service to a close by thanking Reverend Cloake, Colin Irwin and The New Egham Singers Choir for their contributions to the memorial service, and by wishing everyone a happy and peaceful festive season. The service concluded with The New Egham Singers Choir singing “Calypso Carol”.