St Edward the Confessor offers Marriage to those that wish to bring their relationship before God to be blessed.
Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God. It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind, as Christ is united with his bride, the Church. The gift of marriage brings husband and wife together in the delight and tenderness of sexual union and joyful commitment to the end of their lives. It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured and in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love.
Marriage is a way of life made holy by God, and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Marriage is a sign of unity and loyalty which all should uphold and honour. It enriches society and strengthens community.
No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly but reverently and responsibly in the sight of almighty God. The couple enters into this way of life. They each give their consent to the other and make solemn vows, and in token of this they each give and receive a ring. The Church prays with them that the Holy Spirit will guide and strengthen them, that they may fulfill God's purposes for the whole of their earthly life together.
© Archbishops Council 2000.
If you would like to speak to us about the possibility of being married at St. Edward's, please contact the Churchwardens, either Jonathan Kingcome (01444 248433) or Val Broom on (01444 235305)
Banns of Marriage: If you are being married elsewhere and either or both of you live in St. Edward's Parish, you will need to arrange to have your Banns of Marriage read at St. Edward's. To arrange this, please contact the Churchwardens as above..