God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.
(1 John 4:16)
Guidance from the Church of England Regarding Weddings During the Outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are due to get married in the coming months, we recognise that this may be a time of great concern.
It will be possible for your wedding to go ahead
with minimal numbers in attendance, or if you wish to rearrange your
day, we will do everything we can to help you do so.
While wedding services may continue, numbers attending the ceremony in church will need to be strictly curtailed to the legal minimum, which is the priest, bride, groom and two witnesses.
Where family relatives or friends are unable to attend given the restrictions on numbering, churches will be happy to explore ways to allow others to join the service, either through platforms such as Skype, or recording the service to send at a later date to anyone unable to attend.
Where no audio link can be achieved, an order of service could be sent either by email or post.
Apart from the bride and groom, the physical distance should be observed as far as possible.
The priest does not have to touch the rings to bless them, nor does he or she have to touch the couple’s hands as part of a prayer or blessing, so it is possible for the service to proceed as normal.
No additional church personnel will attend the service, for example organists, vergers or sound system operator etc.
If a couple wishes to cancel their wedding, then any fees or deposit paid to the church will be refunded in full, and if the couple wishes to postpone, the church will work with them to find a suitable future date wherever possible.
Where it has not been possible for marriage banns to be read because of restrictions to public services, a Common Licence or Special Licence may be appropriate. The priest will be able to help you to ensure you have what is necessary.
For those going ahead with their wedding, it could be possible to have a blessing at a future date with more friends and family in attendance. Prayers can also be said during the service for any who are unable to attend.
St. James' Staveley, St. Anne's Ings and St. Cuthbert's Kentmere are all lovely church venues for your wedding and we are committed to working with you to make you wedding day truly memorable. Please contact us, or fill in the wedding enquiry form below, if you would like to talk about planning your wedding with us.
St. James' Church Staveley offers a village setting for a wedding with the beautiful William Morris and Burne-Jones window as a backdrop. We can accommodate up to 150 guests and our Mothers' Union will offer to serve your guests refreshments after the service, while you have your photographs taken in and around the church building.
The Nelsons were married at St. James' in 2016.
St. Cuthbert's Church is set in the beautiful Kentmere Valley and can seat aprox. 100 guests. Kentmere Institute is right next door if you would like your reception in the valley too.
The Kellys were married at St. Cuthbert's in 2014
Church wedding services are special as we take time at the start of your marriage to praise God, to thank him for your love and commit your marriage and your lives to Him. We sing hymns, have a bible reading and pray for you together.
As part of our commitment to you we invite all our wedding couples to a Marriage Preparation Day in February each year. We run this with other local churches and it offers you time and space to think about what marriage means to you and to explore the service, its meaning and significance. We also offer help and advice on choosing your hymns, music and bible readings.
After an initial meeting with our Vicar you will be invited to attend The Marriage Preparation Day. You'll meet the Vicar again to discuss your service and have a wedding rehearsal a day or two before the big day. But you can contact us at any time if you have any questions.
You do not have to be a Christian or a churchgoer to be married in a Church of England Church but you do need to be able to demonstrate a qualifying connection. Your Church Wedding website offers advice on this and we are keen to help you make a connection if you don't already have one.
The documents below might help you as you start to plan your wedding service; our vicar and organists are more than happy to meet with you and help you make the best choices for your happy day.
As a Fairtrade Church we would like to encourage you to consider Fairtrade Gold when choosing your wedding rings and Fairtrade Flower too. These links will help you find suppliers of these Fairtrade products and help producers benefit from your special day.
For Valentines Day 2017, support by the Mothers' Union we held a
Celebration of Marriage Service.
We celebrated 626 years of marriage; couples had been married from 2-58 years. An opportunity was offered from couple to renew their vows and each were given a button hole to wear, a certificate and heart shaped chocolates.
we even made the local paper!