Weddings in ASCaT Parish
Those who live in the parish of Albourne, Sayers Common and Twineham and those people whose names are on the Electoral Roll by virtue of having worshipped here regularly for at least six months are entitled to be married in one of our beautiful ancient churches.
A church isn't a venue to be chosen for your wedding like the hotel for the reception. There is so much more to a church wedding and making your vows in the presence of God than that. Every year several couples choose to make one of our ancient, beautiful (photogenic!) churches their home place of worship and visit us once a month or so. Then, when it comes to the wedding day, everything is so much more meaningful and wonderful than it would be if the church was just a venue booked for an hour. We know each other and the couple have a sense of belonging in the place. If you think that you would like your wedding to be conducted in one of our churches on those terms, then please get in touch in the first instance with Julie Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org who will assist you further.
In addition, people who have a strong personal association with the Parish, but who for some good reason cannot fulfill the other criteria, may apply for an Archbishop's Special Licence to marry here. Divorce is no longer an impediment to marriage in church. If one or other of you has been married before, your situation will be considered in a personal interview, following the guidelines provided by the General Synod of the Church of England.
Enquiries are welcome from people wishing to discuss the possibility of a service of thanksgiving following a civil marriage or the celebration of an anniversary; and we are happy to welcome those in civil partnerships who wish to come to church for prayers.
There is more about Marriage in the Church of England on www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals