St James's Church welcomes couples who wish to discuss getting married or having a marriage blessing in our church. Besides meeting individually with a member of the clergy, couples might be invited to meet together to share common experiences and learn from one another. Have a look at the Chuch of England's page Thinking of a Church Wedding? to see if you have a Qualifying Connection enabling you to be married at St James's. Please then contact the office to discuss marriage at St James's. Our beautiful building and facilities will make your special day particularly memorable.
Marriage may not be not for everyone, though here again the Church can be present at this stage of life's journey, this time with a couple seeking love, support and prayer as they commit themselves to one another. A wedding is a great and very public moment in life – joyous, but also solemn as two people pledge to be with one another until the end of their lives.
In a wedding service there is a ritual of separation as bride and groom enter with their supporters, but are left alone with the minister to make their vows. They then leave the church together having journeyed together from being two single people to being a married couple. At St James's the couple walk the length of the church at the end of the service – their journey continues as they head out through their families and friends and out of the door, into the world. Briefly they have separated from that world, and now return to it in a new way. Just as in baptism we have the visible sign of water with spoken words so in marriage we have the visible sign of joined hands with spoken words. A ring or rings worn on a particular finger is further physical evidence of a new life that has begun.
Sample Order of Service
Some Suggested Readings
Old Testament Readings
See the full texts in the page Suggested readings for marriages.