Marriage

 "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us." 1 John 4: v11 (NIV)


We encourage marriage as a life-long commitment and a celebration of the gift of God's love that couples find in each other.

St Philip's Church provides an intimate venue for a wedding and everyone involved aims to make the day very special and personal.

Our wedding services have a friendly, happy and light feel, but we take marriage seriously and spend a long time in preparation to ensure everything goes smoothly.

We do realise that some marriages break down and, if you approach us in this position, we will look at your situation fairly.

If you would like to get married at St Philip's Church, the process is simple and easy:

  • Contact the Parish Office who will send you an information pack and invite you to fill in the forms and send them back.
  • Set an initial date with the Parish Office.
  • You will then be notified which of the Clergy will conduct the service.
  • Four months before your wedding the Clergy will make contact with you to talk you through and plan your marriage service. This will include discussing hymns, readings and prayers etc
  • You will then be invited to two marriage preparation sessions led by a couple from our church.
  • A date for the marriage rehearsal is also set, which is usually a few days before the wedding.
  • For more details about the publication of banns or the need for a marriage license, why not browse here.

If you would like to discuss your marriage with us, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office.

 

 

Helen and Julian Fox

  

"Getting married at St Philip's was dead easy and straight forward. Everyone we had contact with was very flexible and accommodating.

"We wanted a smallish wedding with close family and friends - not a big song and dance! We wanted it to feel very personal and we felt a lot of people had made a very big effort to make our wedding special to us.

"I grew up going to that church so we already knew a lot of people and Duncan was very easy to talk to. His sermon was very personal to us and this meant a lot, especially to my mum.

"The last family occasion we had in the church was Dad's funeral so it was really good to have a happy occasion there later. At the wedding we lit a specially decorated candle for my Dad, with a flower arrangement, as it was really important to us to have him as part of the day.

"Sheila Revans helped with the flowers on the day and, leading up to the wedding, she came round to help us. She also came on the day with another lady on the flower rota.

"The process was really simple. I spoke to Duncan after a service and said I wanted to get married there. He told me to get in touch with Ruth. She sent us some forms to fill in and we then met with Duncan to go through the service and hymns and have two marriage preparation classes.

"The service was very meaningful and we couldn't have asked for a better day."