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Awaiting the Resurrection?
Our church is movingly surrounded by its ancient churchyard – far older than the present 1872 church of course. Here for centuries the people of Kensington came to bury their dead – but only until the mid 19th century, when the scandal of overcrowded burial grounds (see Dickens’ Bleak House) caused the closure of all London churchyards and the provision of new general burial grounds on the then outskirts – such as Kensal Green. Many of us strongly regret the severing of the connection between the living worship of the church and the burial of the dead, and we commend to you a project to go some way towards reversing that. We are in the process of gaining a Faculty to permit us to set aside the area of the churchyard immediately beneath the great East Window as a garth where we may bury cremated remains. This provision will be reserved for former members of the congregation or their immediate families. The ground will have to be properly prepared and our architect has designed a beautiful stone kerb that will mark out the area. It will be inscribed with a bidding to remember before God all those whose ashes are buried within, and their names will be recorded in a special Memorial Book inside the church. Because this work must be done to the highest standard it will cost a great deal of money: although the exact figure will depend on how much VAT is levied, it will be in excess of £27,000. Our church is beautified by the record of those who have worshipped here down the ages – perhaps you might wish to contribute to this new memorial?
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