Congratulations on your engagement!
We look forward to spending your beautiful day with you.
The story of your relationship as a couple may have begun fairly recently or some time ago. Either way, getting married is a whole new beginning for you, your family, and others in your life. We look forward to sharing that new beginning with you and to welcoming you to St Oswald’s Church.
Marriage is one of the greatest joys of life. Christianity understands marriage to be a holy estate and a lifelong commitment; the vows that you will make to each other promise that this will be for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health. At St Oswald’s Church, we will do everything we can to provide proper preparation and support to couples who come here to be married.
If one of you lives within the parish boundaries or are a member of the congregation on the electoral roll, you are very welcome to be married at St. Oswald’s church.
If you do not presently meet that criteria, you may have other connections with this parish that will still make it possible for you to be married here. Examples will include you or your parents having lived previously in the parish for six or more months, or that you were baptised here. In any event, please be in touch and we will be pleased to explore these and other such ‘Qualifying Connections’ with you.
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Once arrangements are in hand, we will invite you to a Marriage Preparation Day in Church (usually in the September of the year before you are married), but we will also meet on several occasions to discuss the legal matters (such as reading your banns) and also to arrange all of the details for your special day.
If you would like more information, the Church of England provides a lot of really helpful guidance; their Wedding site can be found here.
If you would like to speak further and potentially begin to organise your wedding with us, please get in touch! We would love to hear from you.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts — for as members of one body you are called to live in peace.”
Images captioned as seen above; bride & groom from Church of England Weddings; candlelight by steffannyffenegger on Pixabay, rings by Pexels on Pixabay, registry taken from Church Times Unease at ‘timetable for clergy to adapt to new marriage formalities’- istock photo share; image of outside of church taken from http://stoswaldschurchbidston.org/Pages/accessibility.html