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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 up to 30 guests including your photographer, if we can seat them in bubbles with the necessary distancing. 


All our churches are lovely 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.

Our Churches

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.

St, James' Church Staveley

Mr and Mrs Nelson

The Nelsons were married at St. James' in 2016.

St. Annes Church Ings

St. Anne's Church Ings is a smaller church building and offers flexible seating arrangements for up to 120 guests with the option of hiring Ings Parish Hall for your reception.

St. Cuthberts Church KentmereSt. 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 wedding

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.

Choosing music for your wedding.

Choosing readings for your wedding.

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.

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buy fairtrade flowers

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.

Celebration of MarriageRenewal of vows

we even made the local paper!