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Weddings & Blessings after a civil ceremony

Wedding bride flowersGetting married in church is a very special event, not only are a couple beginning their new life together before their families and friends, but also God's blessing is sought for this new couple.
 
All of our churches host weddings and we strive to make your "big day" personal for you.
 
Because we believe that Christian marriage is special we will arrange to meet with you at least twice before your wedding day. In addition there will be a rehearsal, usually the evening before your wedding.
 
Of course because we are churches and not just a venue there may be restrictions and limitations upon aspects of the service that you might want, or upon dates and timing, but all that can be discussed and arranged when you meet with the minister.
 
How far in advance should you book the church? Well, some people book with just a few months to go and some with several years in hand, but we do ask that whenever you book, you provide a £200 deposit to secure your date and time.
 
People often have questions about how much the full fees are or if a church wedding is still possible if they have been married before, again all these will be covered if you contact the Vicar, Rev'd Malcolm Ingham. He can be reached using the contact form  or by calling him on 01327 314428.
 
Please also contact him if you would like to make an enquiry about a Blessing after a Civil Marriage.
 
More information on weddings in general is available from the Church of England's website.

wedding-bride and groom
 

Wedding couples from outside the Knightley benefice

 
Do I qualify to Marry at one of the churches?
 
An engaged couple are welcome to be married in church in a parish if just one of these applies:
 
    one of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
    one of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more;
    one of them has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more;
    one of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child’s lifetime;
    one of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for six months or more in their child’s lifetime;
    their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
    (All of these refer to Church of England services)
 
If you do not meet one of these requirements then it may still be possible, please speak to Malcolm to explore the possibilities.
 

Special Licences

 
If you have been in contact with Malcolm and you have been advised to obtain a Special Licence in order to proceed with your marriage, then please follow the link below to the Faculty Office of the Church of England to obtain an application form for the relevant license.
 
The Faculty Office
 
Banns of Marriage Application

Marriage order of service text
 
 
Malcolm Ingham, 17/01/2021
Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet in five Church Buildings - well, six including a small chapel (details below) for our Sunday Services. Currently we are running a "Recovery Stage" plan of services as we return to our buildings after Lockdown, you can find it here. Take a look at the online diary to see what service is happening where and when. We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone and handed anything you need to guide you through the service.

Some of our churches serve tea, coffee and biscuits following the service so don't dash off, it is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 
Visit the Our Churches page and click on the name of the church you want, at the bottom of the page you will find a what3words link which will open a map showing you precisely where the church building is.

Alternatively, Open Google Maps

Accessibility: If you need assistance, please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in Badby church.

Our Service

The main service begins with a warm welcome from one of our team members. The service might be led by Malcolm (our Rector) or one of the Ministry Team or even a visiting member of clergy. We will sing a hymn or song, hear a short passage read from the Bible and the leader will then explain what that passage is all about - how God speaks to us through his Word and how we can apply it to our lives. We will pray and join in some responses (you don't have to if you don't feel it is appropriate) and there might be a short symbolic meal called Communion. During the service, there may be a baptism which is when we welcome someone into our Church fellowship and family. Of course, you don't have to do any of these things, they might seem strange the first time you encounter them, so take your time and don't feel any pressure.

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What about my kids?

Children and young people are very welcome in our church buildings and services.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up throughout the service and we really value worshipping God all together as a family.

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Soon we will be starting up a Fellowship Group where we can explore together what it means to be a Christian today, discover what God has to teach us through the Bible, pray for one another , share our hopes and hurts and hopefully (when restrictions permit) also great cake and coffee. Being part of a small group like that will allow you to make new friends, share together and support each other.  Check out Small Groups and see if it would be a good time for you could join, or we can put you in touch with the Fellowship Group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays and week day events run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team, why not speak to someone on the welcome team at church. 

 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
Name:
Telephone:
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

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Revd Malcolm Ingham   Liz Ingham
Malcolm was born in the North West and then trained in the South West, and Midlands before working just about everywhere. He once worked in an advertising agency in London and then for several national and international mission agencies. He is married to Liz with two grown up children and loves walking, music and bizzarre films (according to the rest of the family).   Benefice Administrator
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

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