“Thank you for everything. We both know its going to be an amazing ceremony and couldn't be more happy getting married at St Barnabas.
I can’t stop smiling thinking about it.”
What a wonderful message to receive from a bridegroom, in the days before his wedding here at St Barnabas.
A wedding is one of life’s great moments; a time of the solemn exchange of vows and promises and a time of great joy, laughter and celebration. Christians remember how Jesus shared in the celebrations for a marriage and performed his first miracle at this marriage celebration. So we see marriage as a rich gift from God.
Are you thinking of a Church Wedding?
If so – congratulations! A Church wedding is a unique opportunity make a public commitment to each other in God’s presence, supported by friends and family and to ask God to bless your marriage. At St Barnabas we’d consider it a great privilege to share in your marriage preparations and to work with you to make your Wedding Day truly special.
Are we the right Church for you?
Many people marry in their local parish church. You can find out if we are your
It may be that you don’t live in the parish and are not on our electoral roll but would still like to be married at St Barnabas because it has special significance for you. Thanks to some recent changes this may be possible if you have a ‘qualifying connection’ with St Barnabas. The Vicar can talk this through with you or you can find more information on the Church of England’s website.
To ensure a marriage complies with both UK Civil and Church law, there are certain aspects of a church wedding that must be fulfilled.
The Reading of Banns / The Licence Procedure
Banns are an announcement in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. Banns need to be read in the parish where each of you lives as well as the parish church in which you are to be married, if that is somewhere else. You must have your banns read out in church for three Sundays during the three months before the wedding. This is often done over three consecutive Sundays but does not have to be.
If there is not enough notice given for the Banns to be read before the marriage is due to take place, or in the case of the marriage of people whose nationality is not British, or if one or both of you do not live in England, the Licence procedure is used rather than Banns.
Guidelines for people who are divorced.
There are special guidelines on marriage in the church if you are divorced. There may well be a way forward, but please speak with the Vicar about your situation to explore the possibilities for you.
The promises you will make to each other in Church on your Wedding Day are probably the biggest, deepest promises you will ever make.
Marriage preparation sessions are usually with the Vicar and allow us to get to know each other; this really makes a big difference on the Day. Marriage preparation allows us to help you not only to plan your wedding service together but also gives you the time and space to think through the vows you will make during the service.
The Church recognizes how seriously couples take the commitment of marriage and we want to support you all that we can. Marriage preparation sessions help you as you look beyond the Big Day to your married life together.
If you want to take things further
If you require any further information, please send us an email.
- Join us for our regular Sunday services
- 8am Quiet Communion (no music)
- 10am Lively Mass (with youth and children's work)