The Benefice of Swanwick and Pentrich
St Andrew's and St Matthew's


Marriage

We are pleased you are thinking about getting married at one of our churches. Your wedding day will be a wonderful occasion, and we would love to be able to help you make the day even more memorable and enjoyable.

You are welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you have been christened and whether or not you go to church. Today more than a quarter of all couples choose the traditional setting of a Church of England church and research suggests that couples marrying in church are very satisfied with the service they receive.

At St Andrew's and St Matthew's we are happy to consider marrying those who have been married previously with a former spouse still living. If this applies to you the Vicar will need to talk with you about the past, your hopes for the future and your understanding of marriage. The Church of England website provides more information on church marriage.

To find out more please ring the Vicar on 01773 607947 or email.

Blessing of Marriage

If you choose a ceremony in a hotel or registry office or you plan to get married abroad we can hold a special service of blessing which can either be in church or another place of your choosing. It's a way of acknowledging the commitment you've already made and asking for God's blessing on your life together.

Re-affirming your Marriage Vows

If you've been married for some years now you might want to re-affirm your vows, for example to celebrate a special anniversary or to re-commit after a difficult time in your marriage. Whichever applies we are happy to discuss this with you and help you to celebrate your love for one another in a way which is personal to you.

Though this is not a marriage service, it enables a husband and wife to affirm the vows they have already made, to commit themselves to each other before God in prayer, and to seek his blessing upon their shared life and is a very special and moving occasion for all involved.






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