A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.
On their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. The congregation are witnesses of the marriage and express their support by their presence and their prayers.
WHO CAN BE MARRIED AT ST MARY’S AND ALL SAINTS’?
Normally you must be a bachelor, a spinster or widowed, and one or both of you must live in the parish of Charlbury with Shorthampton or you need to have a qualifying connection with the parish. Connections include:
- You were baptised in the parish
- You were confirmed in the parish
- Your parent or grandparent was married in the parish
- You lived in the parish for at least six months
- Your parent lived in the parish for at least six months
- You have regularly attended worship in the parish for at least six months
- Your parent regularly attended worship in the parish for at least six months during your lifetime.
If you live abroad you will need a special licence.
The Church of England recognises that some marriages do fail for all sorts of sad and painful reasons. So in certain circumstances we accept that a divorced person may marry again in church. Do please get in touch with the Vicar to explore the possibilities for you.
You may find this link helpful: Marriage in Church after Divorce download
Do look at the Church of England Marriage website: www.yourchurchwedding.org
If you have any queries or would like to arrange a wedding please email Revd Sally Welch on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the Parish Office on 01608 810230.