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Policies and guidelines

University Chapels - Services

'Official' memorial services

Where the University would expect to be represented with the use of the mace and an academic procession. (Memo from the former Principal 19.07.95 and 31.10.95 and viewed by the then Principal 06.09.02.)

  1. Memorial services involving the official University are not to be confused with the other occasions when the Chapel is used for funeral services or other events immediately following the demise of a member of the university with strong Chapel connections or a student.
  2. Memorial services will require the agreement of the Principal upon petition from the Chaplain with strong support of appropriate colleagues of the deceased.
  3. Such a petition should not be made until about two months after the date of death so that it can be considered in a measured way.
  4. Memorial services normally will be considered only for present staff and students and only rarely for retired staff and former students.
  5. If the petition is granted the service will take place at least a month later to allow full representation of the University.
  6. The content of any memorial service should be determined by the Chaplain.
  7. If the Principal gives permission for the event to be held and if an agreed time and date is identified, the Chaplain should ask the Head of School/Unit concerned to produce an appropriate distribution list in relating to the notification of the event, to circulate this notification and provide the Principal (or his designated deputy) with a detailed programme.

'Unofficial' memorial services

These apply mostly when staff members have been retired. Here the 'official university' is not expected to be represented in the sense of a mace or academic procession. (Viewed by the Principal on 06.09.02.)

  1. A more informal memorial service, not involving the official university, may be arranged by the Chaplain for retired staff (and only exceptionally for former students), with the agreement of the Principal and with the strong support of appropriate colleagues of the deceased.
  2. Such memorial services should not be confused with funeral services.
  3. Such a petition should not be made until two months after the date of death so that it can be considered in a measured way.
  4. If the petition is granted the service will take place at least a month later.
  5. The contents of any memorial service will be determined by the Chaplain.
  6. If the Principal gives permission for the event to be held and if an agreed time and date is identified, the Chaplain should ask the Head of School/Unit concerned to produce an appropriate distribution list in relating to the notification of the event, to circulate this notification and provide the Principal (or his designated deputy if he chooses to be represented at the event) with a detailed programme.

Funeral services

University staff

The University Chapels will normally only be used for deceased members of staff who were active in the Chapels. The Chapels are not parish or local Churches, and it is to these latter that most funerals are referred, should the person's family desire a Christian service. Parish and local Churches can provide a continuing care that is not possible from the University side, as care is given not only by ministers but also by members of churches.

Where a Chapel is used the Chaplain will normally invite the minister of one of the local churches to participate in the service, and hopefully that minister will provide some of the continuing care.

University students

Where there is a funeral for a student in St Andrews, the University Chapels can be used where the funeral occurs in a Christian context. For funerals not in a Christian context the Chaplain will assist to find an appropriate venue.

Graduates and members of the public

Graduates and members of the public who request a funeral (or memorial service) in one of the Chapels will be referred to one of the ministers of the local Churches. The University Chapels are used for weddings of graduates (along with some other categories), but this does not apply to funerals (or memorial services) as again there is difficulty with the continuing care of the bereaved families.

St Leonard's School

When there is a funeral for a former member of St Leonard's School, St Leonard's Chapel may be used, but a minister other than the University Chaplain would conduct the service.

Baptisms

General guidance

There are differing regulations concerning baptism laid down by various churches (see below) but St Salvator's and St Leonard's Chapels are in principle available for baptisms should there be requests from clergy outside the University but with a University connection.

When a baptism is arranged the fees for the use of the chapels and janitorial services (not including the organ / organist) are as follows:

  • St Salvator's Chapel £150
  • St Leonard's Chapel £100
  • Additional fee for organ / organist £100.00 plus VAT

Church of Scotland baptism

Neither St Salvator's nor St Leonard's Chapels are parishes of the Church of Scotland (the situation is a little different with the Episcopal Church). St Salvator's Chapel stands within the Parish of Hope Park and Martyrs and St Leonard's Chapel in the Parish of St Leonard's. In the Church of Scotland no minister can baptise in another's parish without the permission of that minister, unless one or other of the parents is a member of his/her congregation.

Baptism is, in the Church of Scotland unless the circumstances are unusual (illness etc), 'in the face of the congregation' and occurs during the normal service of worship of the congregation and parish where the parents are resident and/or members. Vows are taken by parent to bring their children up within the Church (understood in its widest sense) and a commitment is made by the congregation to help the parents fulfil their vows and support them in this task. It is a community act and not an isolated or a private service for the family. The present University Chaplain is a minister of the Church of Scotland and is under the discipline of the Church and subject to its regulations.

The Chaplain or his colleagues will be happy to advise on any aspect of baptism, or to explain further the purpose of baptism.