Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman out of love by God.
From the very beginning, God called men and women to share in that love, and he gives the means by which we might do so: through the sacrament of Marriage. So Marriage is given, that husband and wife may ‘comfort and help each other, living faithfully together in need and in plenty, in sorrow and in joy’, that with ‘delight and tenderness they may know each other in love, and, through the joy of their bodily union, may strengthen the union of their hearts and lives’. The Church teaches that Marriage is therefore the foundation of family life into which children should be born and nurtured.
The holy and visible sign of Marriage is the free consent exchanged between the bride and groom in the taking of vows and the giving and receiving of rings. In this sense, the Priest does not conduct the Marriage, the couple do. The Priest only witnesses the Marriage on behalf of the Church and offers God’s blessing on the Marriage after consent has been exchanged. The invisible grace which the couple experience is the perpetual bond between the spouses, which should be honoured by both in good times and in bad.
To be married in one of our churches, you must have some connection to the Parish. If you are interested in exploring this further, please contact the Vicar.
The Church teaches that Marriage is permanent, but accepts that this is an ideal to which it is hard to aspire. In cases where marriage has broken down, the Church of England holds that it may be possible to be re-married in Church. Again, anyone wishing to do this must speak to the Vicar.