On 4 January the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown for all of England.
“We understand the unique significance that marriages and civil partnerships hold in people’s lives, but coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
This means you should only consider booking a wedding or civil partnership (or continuing with one that is already booked) in exceptional circumstances. This may be for example, if you or your partner is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included”.
Love finds its fullest expression in the promises of marriage made on your wedding day and lived out joyously in the years ahead. These promises, made publicly to each other and before God, initiate the joining together of your separate lives into one. They express your love, and will also sustain and nurture that love, as the years pass. It is a big step and St Mary’s welcomes you and wants to help you make this momentous event in your lives both meaningful and full of joy.
Choosing a church for the place of your wedding underlines your promises to each other and expresses your desire for God’s gracious presence to guide and strengthen you in the years of married life ahead.
Preparing to get married is a very exciting time. There are lots of things to plan and to do in preparation for your big day. The Church of England website can help you work through some of the legal and practical details. The site can be found here.
If you would like to get married at St Mary’s and are eligible to do so (see below), contact the office for a wedding pack. Fill in the application form and return it to us. Once we have received the application, one of the clergy will get in touch to arrange a first meeting. We look forward to hearing from you!
(All dates are provisional until approved by the Vicar.)
Am I eligible to be married at St Mary’s?
You are eligible to be married at St Mary’s if you or your fiance/e live in the parish of St Mary’s or;
That one of you:
has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
was baptised at St Mary’s, or
was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
has lived in the parish of St Mary’s for a period of at least 6 months or
has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church of St Mary’s for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
was married in the Parish of St Mary’s, Ealing.
As marriage is a legally binding contract in British Law, documentary evidence of any of the above qualifying criteria will be required before a wedding service can be take place.