Christ Church is a beautiful setting for a church wedding.
Following the guidelines from the Church of England, you must have
a qualifying connection to be able to be married at Christ Church. Information about qualifying connections can be found below.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossions 3: 12-14
A qualifying connection can be classed as one of the following:
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 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 at least 6 months
has regularly gone to normal church services at the parish church for a period of at least 6 months, or
That one of your parents of 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.
Do speak to our vicar, Rev Mark Potter well in advance to discuss the options open to you.