The Marriage Preparation Course is designed for engaged couples wishing to build strong foundations for their future together. While based on Christian principles, it is relevant and helpful for any engaged couple with or without a Christian faith or church background. It has been designed to give you the chance as a couple to explore how to communicate well, understand and appreciate your differences, and prepare for potential challenges.
If you would like to take part in a marriage preparation course or would like more details please contact us.
Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual, just as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in – the prayers, promises, and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond.
On your wedding day, the bride and groom face each other, make promises, and receive God’s blessing. The congregation are witnesses of the marriage and express their support by their presence and their prayers.
Who Can Marry at St James?
One or both of you must live in the parish of St James, Southam. If not, you need to have a qualifying connection with the parish. Connections include:
- You were baptised in the parish
- You were confirmed in the parish
- Your parent or grandparent was married in the parish
- You lived in the parish for at least six months
- Your parent lived in the parish for at least six months
- You have regularly attended worship in the parish for at least six months
- Your parent regularly attended worship in the parish for at least six months during your lifetime.
If you live abroad, you are likely to need a special licence.
The Church of England recognises that some marriages do fail for all sorts of sad and painful reasons. Therefore in certain circumstances we accept that a divorced person may marry again in church. Do please get in touch to explore the possibilities for you.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a wedding at St James please contact us.
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