Getting married at St John’s Church Ainsdale
Weddings at St John’s are always special. It's not just the beautiful village church as you approach. It's not just the amazing stain-glass windows and newly refurbished building. It’s the way in which each couple is cared for from the moment they first get in touch with us to the moment they walk out of the church as husband and wife. It’s the way that God’s love is demonstrated as the wedding is planned and prepared for. It’s the way they are welcomed back after their honeymoon and whenever they come to worship.
St John’s is a special place to get married, a place where you know God’s presence is with you as you say those wonderful wedding vows. And because the wedding day is only the beginning, it’s a place that you can come back to time and time again as you celebrate your married lives together.
Getting married in a Church of England Church has been made easier and more accessible since the new marriage measures came in during October 2008. This means that you can get married in our church if you are resident in the parish and also if:
One of you were baptised or prepared for confirmation in this Church
One of you has ever lived in the parish for six months or more
One of you has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for a period of six months or more
One of your parents has lived in this parish for six months or more in your lifetime
One of your parents has regularly attended public worship in this parish for at least six months or more
Your parents or grandparents were married in this Church
Should you find yourself unable to meet these criteria then you may achieve qualification by attending services at this Church for a period of six months in order to apply to go on the Church electoral roll after which you can ask to be married in our Church. We can pencil in a future wedding date on the understanding that you make yourself eligible to register on the Church electoral roll.
With any of the situations above, or if you have been married before, then a chat with the Vicar needs to take place first. We look forward to seeing you soon.
For information contact Revd Graham Birch, our vicar,
Tel 01704 577760