23rd January 2016

Another week and having returned from morning prayer at Christ Church I have been looking at the Diary for the week ahead. In which in addition to the services and events on the front page fo the website, I am also taking one funeral this week, and one funeral visit. Two meetings to ensure that couples wishing to marry in Church are legally entitled to do so. One Churches together prayer meeting and at least two people who need a home visit to meet with.

Just in case you have ever wondered about Marriage in Church, first of all we have to check that a couple can legally marry. We check identity and we check that if previously married, that the marriages were dissolved, any doubts we have then the couple are reffered to the Diocesean Chancellor who would make the ruling.

We then check a couple has a qualifyig connection to the Parish, that is if they have resided in the Parish in the past or currently, if any previous family connections have been made, ie parents married in the church. The rules and regualtions are at times quite exacting.

Once we have satisfied ourselves of all these qualifiactions we can sit down and plan the wedding. Much choice can be given these days, and so a typical couple will input and choose content and style of wedding with me, to make sure that they have a truly unique day as they join together with God's Blessing on what we work hard to ensure a wonderful happy day.

If you would like to talk about mariage in Church, or perhaps would like to renew your marriage vows, do contact Alastair, or visit Holy Trinity Office Hour on a tuesday evening.