Marriage in the Benefice
The new ‘Wedding Project’ of the Church of England explores ways in which it can improve its service to couples seeking marriage. An independent company had carried out research on our behalf, and I’m delighted to report that the findings were very positive – in fact we got 10/10 for the wedding day. It is suggested, however, that couples are hesitant to approach their local church because they don’t know what sort of reception they will get from the vicar, and how much the wedding will cost. So here’s our benefice policy for couples. We’re happy to welcome you, and if neither of you has been divorced, there should be no barriers to the wedding if either of you lives in the parish. If you don’t, don’t despair, there are recently changed rules, which mean a greater number of people are entitled to use the church. [Also we do on most occasions remarry divorced persons, but there does need to be some longer discussion.] The basic cost [not including extras such as choir, bellringers, organist or banns at another church] is currently £415 (at January 2016).