Christ Church with St. Mary’s, Frome
Why get married in Church?
Wherever you choose to get married, you make a public declaration of life-long commitment to love each other faithfully and you take on a new legal status as husband and wife. Family and friends come along to witness this and celebrate with you. If you choose to get married in Church, there is the added dimension of showing that you desire and welcome God’s involvement too.
Including God in your marriage doesn’t mean that you will avoid all the usual ups and downs, but you will know that God’s love is available to sustain you. You will also have the support and encouragement of the Christian Church family.
What do Christians believe about marriage?
The Marriage Service calls it ‘a gift from God’ and the Bible compares married life with the love Jesus has for his followers – in other words, it is unconditional love with ‘no holds barred’ Marriage is intended by God to be creative – a secure place for husband and wife to grow in intimacy, to love and support each other and to enjoy the delight and tenderness of sexual union. It provides a stable and secure foundation for raising children. So Christians see marriage as the nearest in human relationships to the love of God has for everyone, which is why it is sometimes called a ‘sacrament’ – a visible sign of God’s love for us.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Yes! Normally, the parish priest will want to know you a bit and might ask you to come to some preparation meetings or church services before you get married.
Get in touch with the Vicar, Fr.Neil Maxted (01373 473249), to find out when the church is available and when he is available. Arrange a meeting with him to talk through your hopes and plans.
You must have your Banns read out in Church on three Sundays during the three months before the wedding. The Banns must also be read in the parish where each of you lives. Banns announce your intention to marry and give an opportunity for anyone to say if there’s a legal reason why you cannot marry.
(If you are under the age of eighteen, your parents could object to the Banns and in that case you could not be married. It is best to be sure you have your parents’ consent)