A wedding in St. John's
A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy.
The patron saint of our church is Saint John and in John's Gospel that we hear how Jesus shared in the celebration of a wedding in the village of Cana, and turned water into wine - a sign of God's transformative love for us.
Marriage is intended by God to be a loving, creative relationship, and by seeking God's blessing we pray that a new husband and wife will love and support each other in good times and in bad, and share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also a way of sharing together in the life of Christ.
Can you be married in the Church of England? - The legal position -
Any person of British Nationality who normally resides in England is entitled to marry in his or her Church of England parish church, provided that :
1) the other partner is also of British Nationality and also normally resides in England;
2) there are no legal impediments of any kind; and
3) neither of the couple is a divorcee whose previous partner is still living (the Church of England's regulation on this matter is recognised in law, but it is now possible in some circumstances for such a marriage to take place, so please speak to the Priest-in- Charge - all you need to do is have a conversation about it; please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Can you be married in Saint John's?
Whether or not we are allowed to marry you depends largely upon where you live. Church of England weddings are normally limited to the parish church of either the bride or groom, however it would also be possible for you to marry in St. John's if either of you have lived here in the past, or have another "Qualifying Connection", of which there are several. (Check these on the Church of England website or contact the Priest-in-Charge).
If you live in different parishes, you have the choice of being married in either parish church. Fees vary slightly from church to church, depending on the some of the variable expenses. Our fees for a wedding service and "all the trimmings" adds up to £530 excluding the flowers.
BOOKING YOUR WEDDING ....or updating your arrangements.
Please contact the parish office - see the "Get in touch" tab on the left of the screen. Arrangements are usually made during our weekly Office Hour on Wednesdays at 6 pm, but it's good to know in advance if you're planning to pop in, so please do get in touch.