IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING A WEDDING AT ST JUDE’S IN 2021 or 2022 PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS WEB PAGE REGARDING POTENTIAL BUILDING WORKS
If you are looking at this page – Congratulations! (We guess you’re reading it because you’re thinking about getting married. If you are just looking for information on Banns of Marriage click here . Also, if either of you have been married before and are divorced, please follow this link).
There have been changes to the Law from the 26 March 2021 that will affect how Marriages are registered from the 4 May 2021 onwards. This now means there will be a need to create a Marriage Document with the Vicar prior to the date of a Wedding that will continue through to the signing of it at the end of your wedding ceremony.
If either of the couple wanting to marry are non UK nationals, the changes in the law mean this process is slightly varied and will need to begin with some pre-registration form filling with the local civic Registrar to create what is called a Marriage Schedule instead of the Marriage Document the Vicar would produce. That Schedule then becomes part of your wedding ceremony.
Churches will no longer complete a legal Register for marriages, though there will still be an informal Register kept by the Church for their own records. This now also means that the Church can no longer issue legal Marriage Certificates either, as the completed Marriage Document (or Marriage Schedule) needs to be returned to the Register Office for the registration to take place in the UK’s Electronic Marriage Register before a certificate can be issued. The ability for any Church to issue copies of certificates of past marriages also ceases, they equally are all now held on the national register and can only be obtained via a Registrar.
And so weddings in churches of the Church of England are covered by the law of the land and the local clergy operate as ‘Clerks in Holy Orders’ which gives them authority to marry folk under certain controlled circumstances. (If either the bride or groom are not UK Nationals, then please ask for guidance).
An early step you’ll need to take if you want to get married at St. Jude’s is to contact the Vicar, Tim Smith, to arrange to meet him for an intitial discussion. (use the ‘Contact Us’ page of our website) Before you do that, please take the time to read the information below to see if you are eligible to be married at the Church. The Vicar will need to see certain formal documents, details of which can be found on the application form you can download here: St_Judes_Wedding_Application_Form_2018 (The form may change as the new Registration requirements mentioned above come into force – again please ask if this affects you and a wedding at St Jude’s)
You have a right to marry under Banns (Churches involved read out your names in Church over three Sundays to make sure you meet the criteria below, in the hope that someone who may know you would confirm any irregularities – such as you’re married already etc!) in your local parish church if:
• You are both over 18 (or over 16 with parental permission)
• One of you has a qualifying connection (see below for what they are) with the Church and the Church’s geographic parish boundary. (If you want to check which Church of England Church parish you live in now, or have lived in, and know the postcode, follow this link to check.)
• Neither of you has been married before. If one of you has and is now divorced, there is no right to re-marriage, it is at the sole discretion of the minister. If this applies to you then we need to have a conversation about the circumstances of the divorce to see if re-marriage is possible at St Jude’s Church. Follow this link for more information that you will need to consider before you proceed any further.
After the 1st October 2008 you can marry in a Church of England church of your choice, subject to the conditions above, if you can prove one or more of the following connections:
1. You were baptised in the church.
2. You were confirmed in or from the church.
3. A Parent or Grandparent of yours was married in the church.
4. You have had your usual place of residence in the parish of the church for at least 6 months.
5. Your Parent has had their usual place of residence within the parish of the church for at least 6 months during your lifetime.
6. You have habitually attended public worship at the church for at least 6 months.
8. Your Parent has habitually attended public worship at the church for at least 6 months during your lifetime.
If you are thinking about getting married in Church, but you don’t go to one – why not come along and spend some time with us to find out why St Jude’s a great place to be part of? We have discovered a very real relationship that’s available with God through Jesus, with lives filled with hope and purpose that we believe can help you in your new relationship too. You will find St Jude’s is a very welcoming community of people and our services may be far more helpful and engaging than you might imagine. We’re not at all stuffy or ‘churchy’, and very keen on encouraging family.
Fees for weddings are set by the Church of England nationally. if you are marrying at the Church in whose parish you both live and only one set of banns need to be called, then the cost for a basic wedding would be in the region of £605 (This estimated total comes from £464 as the standard CofE fee for the building and service (in 2021), then St Jude’s also asks for £20 for a member of staff to open and close the church and run the sound desk etc plus a further £40 for heating if it a cold season wedding – its a very large space to heat from cold! There would also be a charge of £31 for the Banns to be read here and maybe things such as a keyboard player if available/needed – typically £50). If one or both of you live outside the parish boundaries the cost may rise a little as banns will also need to be called in those parishes too and you can find information on banns here. This is only a guide and we can give you further details when we meet and the actual fees will always be those in force the year you marry, not when a wedding is booked.
If you want to know more about this or any of the things mentioned here, please initially contact the Vicar before you book anything to make sure a marriage is possible on the dates you prefer in St Jude’s Church (there is a ‘contacts’ link at the top of the page). Even if you qualify to get married in St Jude’s Church, it may not be possible to hold a wedding on a particular date or time – therefore it is crucial you do not book any other venues until you check with us that the date you require is available in the Church.
If you wanted to look at some general ideas about a service, hymn selections etc, why not try the Church of England’s ceremony planning web site. (The site is really helpful and gives some ideas on planning your service, but the actual service at St Jude’s might be in a different order to the way the site shows its results – so please don’t get anything printed until you speak with the Vicar!)
IMPORTANT: POTENTIAL BUILDING WORKS MID 2021
St Jude’s have been working on redeveloping our main Church building since 2006. You can see the plans and where we have got to on our Next Era Building Project webpage here.
At this stage, timing of the start and end of the work is very difficult to predict as there are still permissions to finalise as it is a Listed Building along with some detailed plans to resolve, but there is a possibility the work may begin towards the end of 2021 or early 2022. Whenever the works begin, the church will be closed for possibly 4 to 6 months.
This would not stop St Jude’s holding weddings as, if required, we would gain special permissions to hold our weddings in an adjacent parish church. If our building is a particular reason you would want to marry here, you may need to take this into account before finally deciding. Please do contact us if you want to find out the most up to date information. If you decide to proceed with booking a wedding, we can confirm we will always be able to give several months notice of any changes in the circumstances so that should it need to be held in a different church building you would be able to inform all your guests or change your plans.