The Marriage Service says ‘Marriage is sign of unity and loyalty, that enriches society and strengthens community and is a great foundation for family life. Getting married in church is a public declaration before God and your family and friends that you are pledging yourselves to a lifetime of love and companionship. It is a reflection of our eternal Christian relationship with God.
St Mary’s used to be a village church so it has a rural look about it, particularly with its lych gate which greets you as you walk up the church path. This means that it is a popular venue for weddings.
We are able to marry people who live in our parish, and also those who satisfy one of the qualifying connections below.
A person has a Qualifying Connection with a parish if:
was baptised in the parish. (This does not apply where the baptism formed part of a combined service of baptism or confirmation);
had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish;
has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months;
has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
a Parent of that person has at any time during that person’s lifetime: had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
a Parent or Grandparent of that person was married in the parish.
Please note that it is up to the individual priest as to whether he/she will marry those who have been divorced.
If you want to book or find out more information about baptisms or Marriage then please come to church on a Monday night at 7.15pm