We are delighted that you are considering a church wedding at either St Nicolas or St Michael & All Angels.
Those who already are allowed to marry in a particular church (i.e., when either partner lives in the Parish (or both, of course), or if either is on the Church Electoral Roll of a Parish) are not affected, and neither is the law concerning the re-marriage of divorcees in Church.
But, there is a whole new group of people who can marry in a particular Parish Church – those who have a Qualifying Connection with the Parish i.e.
At least one of them:
- was baptised in the parish; or
- has been confirmed and the confirmation has been entered in a church register book belonging to the parish, having been prepared for confirmation in the parish; or
- has at any time had their usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
- has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
or that a parent of at least one of them
- has at any time during the lifetime of the applicant had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
- habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months; or
or that a parent or grandparent of at least one of them was married in the parish..
Provided you have a Qualifying Connection please telephone the Rev’d Sheena Williams on 023 8076 8123 to have an initial discussion. Her rest day is Tuesday and it will be appreciated if you avoid calling her unless it is an emergency.
Weddings elsewhere – if you are planning to get married in a church elsewhere but you or your partner live in this parish, you will need to have Banns read here. To do this, please telephone the Rev’d Sheena Williams on 023 8076 8123.