St Mary’s Church,
Walton Clevedon

A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of

John Henry Milton Bailey

3rd July 1929 – 31st December 2023

Thursday, 1st February 2024

Order of Service

Processional Music

Welcome & Introductory Prayer

The Revd. Nicholas Maddock

Jesus said: “I am the Resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”John 11 : 25–26

He also said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5 : 4

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.John 3 : 16

Heavenly Father,
you have not made us for darkness and death
but for life with you for ever.
Without you we have nothing to hope for;
with you we have nothing to fear.
As we gather here to give thanks for John’s life
speak to us your words of hope;
lift us from the darkness of our grief
into the light and peace of your presence,
and let us see again the wonder of your love
made known through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven, to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy grace receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above;
Pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation:
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Words: C. Wesley (1707 – 88)
Tune: “Blaenwern” W. P Rowlands (1860 – 1837)

Bible Reading

Read by Stephen Coghlan

Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and take you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. Whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”

Thomas saith unto him, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; so how can we know the way?”

Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no-one cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”John 14 : 1 – 6, 27

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

My Father Remembered

by his son, Nick


The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
the darkness falls at thy behest;
to thee our morning hymns ascended,
thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping,
and rests not now by day or night.

As o'er each continent and island
the dawn leads on another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor dies the strain of praise away.

So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never,
like earth's proud empires, pass away;
thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
till all thy creatures own thy sway.

Words: J Ellerton (1826 – 93)
Tune: “St. Clement” C C Schofield (1819 – 1904)

Memories of John in the Town Hall

by Councillor John Crockford-Hawley

I Thank thee, God

read by Jo Thomson

I thank thee God, that I have lived
In this great world and known its many joys:
The songs of birds, the strong sweet scent of hay,
And cooling breezes in the secret dusk;
The flaming sunsets at the close of day,
Hills, and the lovely, heather-covered moors;
Music at night, and the moonlight on the sea,
The beat of waves upon the rocky shore
And wild white spray, flung high in ecstasy;
The faithfulness of cats, and treasured books,
The love of family and the fellowship of friends,
And all that makes life dear and beautiful.
I thank Thee, God, that I have lived.

by Elizabeth Craven (1750 – 1828)

The Address

The Prayers

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


For all the Saints, who from their labours rest,
who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesu, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win with them the victor's crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the Saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Words: W Walsham How (1823 – 97)
Tune “Sine Nomine” R Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)

The Commendation

Go forth upon your journey from this world, O Christian soul;
Go in the name of God the Father who created you;
Go in the name of God the Son who died for you;
Go in the name of the Holy Spirit who strengthens you;
Go aided by the angels and archangels,
and all the company of the heavenly host;
May your portion this day be in peace,
And your dwelling the heavenly Jerusalem. Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
 according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation :
 which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :
 and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
 and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be :
 world without end. Amen.Luke 2 : 29 – 32

The Blessing

Processional Music

John’s Ashes will be laid to rest at a later date with those of his beloved wife Jean.

The Soul of Gerontius

Cardinal John Newman (1801 – 1890)

I went to sleep; and now I am refreshed. A strange refreshment, for I feel in me an inexpressible lightness, and a sense of freedom, as I were at length myself, and ne’er had been before.

How still it is! I hear no more the busy beat of time. No, nor my fluttering breath, nor struggling pulse; nor does one moment differ from the rest...

Another marvel: Someone has me safe within His ample palm.

Donatons accepted for the charity Shelter.