A wedding marks the beginning of married life and is centred on a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses. Those present are invited to express their support and offer their prayers for the couple. That support does not end with the wedding: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years that lie ahead of them. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
In legal terms, to get married you must be 18 years of age or over, or 16 with your parents’ permission (this is under review). There are a number of formal, legal steps you need to go through and you need ideally to start that process at least 3 months ahead of the date. For more information see www.yourchurchwedding.org.
At the beginning of each year the parish runs a Marriage Course for couples being married in the coming year in our village churches and for those who are already married or in a long-term relationship. This popular course is a great way of helping couples to think through issues that affect all our marriages, and is helpful whether you have just got engaged, have been married before, or are already living together. The course is divided into five themes – communication, conflict, commitment, connection, and adventure. It is based around a series of videos with questions for you to talk through with your partner. You won’t be asked to share anything with the group, or tell anyone your secrets. It’s an excellent preparation for married life and getting to know other couples also preparing for marriage. The course is being done mainly over Zoom.
For details, contact Caroline or Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly, some marriages end in divorce. In certain cases, it is possible to marry again in church provided certain criteria are met, the church is satisfied that past hurts or grievances have been resolved, and the new partnership in marriage promises to be a fruitful one. Contact the Priest-in-Charge at email@example.com if you wish to explore this.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 01373 837337
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