Getting Ready for Weddings

by Michael Ford last modified 30 Mar, 2011 09:47 AM

The Diocese of Salisbury is promoting church as the best place to get married. Clergy from the 50 parishes who take the most weddings will be offered specialist training in Salisbury over 4-5 April.

Getting Ready for Weddings

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The invited clergy will share good practice to ensure that couples are cared for and have a great experience of church before, during and in the year after the service. They will be given welcome packs to pass on to couples and cards inviting guests to pray for the newlyweds. Other clergy are invited to a follow-up event on Tuesday 3 May.

The training will be led by a team from the Church of England Weddings Project, commissioned by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2007. 

Fewer church weddings have taken place since 1995, when the law was changed to allow civil ceremonies in places such as castles and hotels. The Weddings Project encourages couples to choose a church wedding, many of whom recommend church weddings to others or even join a congregation themselves.

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, is acting as the diocesan ‘champion’ for the Weddings Project. He is assisted by the Project Development Officer for Salisbury Diocesan Mothers’ Union, Joanne Triffitt, who will co-ordinate the follow-up to the training.

Dr Kings said today, “The Church of England is vastly experienced in its marriage ministry, and most couples value the role that clergy play in their big day. But until now the Church hasn’t done much to understand the importance of weddings in our wider mission, or to provide appropriate resources.”

He added, “We hope that by training those who conduct the most weddings, we’ll make the most of this opportunity to give couples a fantastic wedding day.”



Facts and figures
The project has been road-tested successfully in the Dioceses of Bradford and Oxford, where there were rises of 50% and 10% in the number of church wedding bookings respectively. In 2008, 14% of the Diocese’s 356 parishes conducted 51% of the 1153 weddings. Talbot Village, Poole, and Westbury, were the top 2 with 28. 

The diocesan Weddings web page 

Further information contact
The Revd Jonathan Ball, Chaplain to the Bishop of Salisbury
Telephone: 01722 334031/07500 872081

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