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Liverpool church considering to only hold funerals when heating is on due to rising energy costs

by Alex Collett

A church in Liverpool has said they may have to restrict when they hold funeral services, to when the heating it on, due to the rising cost of energy bills.

Rev Adam Maynard from St George's in Liverpool, told Sky News he is looking to hold funerals only when other events are planned and the heating is already on.

He has considered taking this drastic action as the sound system, the lights and heating are all part of the costs. 

When the church treasurer told Rev Maynard how much the bills had risen by, he was said to be "in shock."

He  said: "With heating bills being so high, we're going to have to think really carefully about how we arrange things like funerals.

"So for instance, are we going to have to try and make sure we're arranging funerals when other things are happening in the church?

"Having funerals around those times or just before or after those other things - so the heating is already on and therefore saving money - rather than the days when nothing is happening in the church and to turn the heating on would be really, really expensive.

"We have faith, we will continue to offer that, but we will be looking more closely at the bills as we do it."

St George's is more than 200 years old and is not easy to keep warm.
As Britain moves towards the cold winter, there are talks of so-called heat banks or places where people can go to warm up and meet others to share a hot drink. 

Commenting on this, Rev Maynard's wife Naomi told Sky News: "The Church of England would naturally want to be on the frontline of offering this. But the reality facing many churches in old buildings is we just can't afford to do this.

"We can't be there in the way we want to be this winter without the finances to do that."

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