Church of England Diocese of Chichester Petworth

Wedding's at The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Petworth

We are more that happy for you to be married in Petworth.

If you wish to book a Wedding have a word with Fr Mark or The Parish Clerk:- John Townsend to fix a date and he will send you the forms.

Parish Clerk & PCC Hon. Sec.: John Townsend, 43 Hampers Green, Petworth. Tel. 01798 343336.

Email [email protected]

In order to do so you need a qualifying connection which unfortunately is the law

However if you haven’t got one it is easy to establish one. If you cannot demonstrate connections, you could create one, simply by attending  church usual services at least once a month for six consecutive months. If you decide to do this, leave enough time after your attendance for the banns to be read before your wedding too – about another two months should be enough.

You can marry in a Church of England church if you can show that one of you:

has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or

was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned, or

is confirmed and your confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish (this will usually be the case if you were 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 6 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 6 months, or

has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

was married in the parish

And did you know that if you move house, you’re immediately connected to the church there? That means you can marry in the church of your new parish.

In all cases involving church services – i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage – this applies only to Church of England services.

If you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, you could create one, simply by attending your chosen church’s usual services at least once a month for six consecutive months. If you decide to do this, leave enough time after your attendance for the banns to be read before your wedding too – about another two months should be enough.

Wedding_Banns_Form_, PDF

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