Congratulations on your engagement!
Here at Christ Church we would be delighted for you to choose to have this important date celebrated at our church.
You can get married in our church if just one of these criteria applies to you.
* one of you was baptised or prepared for confirmation in our parish (and that includes Cottage Lane Mission) ;
* one of you has lived in our parish at some time in your life for at least six months
* one of you has at any time regularly attended church services here for at least six months
* one of your parents has lived here for at least six months since you were born;
* one of your parents has regularly attended church services here for at least six months since you were born
* your parents or grandparents were married here.
There is special provision for those who have been divorced – please contact the vicar who will explain the guidelines published by the Diocese. Essentially this is at the discretion of the Bishop of Liverpool.
For information on service orders, hymns and reading, please see the Church of England website.
BOOKING THE DAY
Our experience is that it is usually much easier to book the church than the reception. So you may prefer to provisionally book the reception, then make contact with us. Any day except Sundays and public holidays.
Simply e-mail, phone or write to the Vicar with any questions or enquiries. He will then send you an application form (which you may also download here)
Your wedding is not formally booked until you return the application form duly signed by both of you.
The legal preliminary for a wedding service in church is normally the publication of banns over three consecutive Sundays in the parish church or churches where you both live.
If you both live in our parish, then your banns are simply called here, at Christ Church.
However, if one of you lives outside our parish, then you need to arrange for your banns to be called in the parish church where you live. You must do this at least four weeks before you are married: three months would be safer! Once your banns are called the vicar or rector there will provide you with a certificate, which will be needed, for the service: this costs £34.
If you are on the Electoral Roll of a parish other than from where you live, you still need to arrange for the banns to be called in your resident parish.
PASTORAL INTRODUCTION FROM COMMON WORSHIP
A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine. Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children.
For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses. On this their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. You are witnesses of the marriage, and express your support by your presence and your prayers. Your support does not end today: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them.
Love is patient; love is kind;
love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13.4-7
We wish you every happiness in your life together and pray that God will bless you both in the years ahead.