The Church of England holds to the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. You may be interested in getting married at St George’s and we would be happy to help you.
A church wedding means making your commitment to one another before God. We are here to help, advise, and prepare you for your big day in any way we can. For the Church, a wedding is not something done for profit, but rather a sacrament in which man and woman are united together. This has many advantages, not least as the clergy will treat you as individuals to be guided and cared for. Also, they are there to help you not only before your wedding but afterwards as well. In a church wedding there is no pressure of time, as we will ensure that the service, whilst using the form of service set by the Church of England, will reflect you and your spouse.
You are legally entitled to be married at St George’s if one of you:
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least six months or
- was baptised in the parish concerned or
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least six months.
Or that one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least six months or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least six months.
Or that one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish.
The best way to discern this is to contact the rector. If you have been married previously, and still have a living spouse, then St George’s keeps the tradition of not allowing remarriage, but we are very happy to offer couples a service of prayer and dedication, which will allow you to make vows of commitment before God.
Please do contact Fr Michael about this and he will be pleased to have a relaxed chat about it.