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Weddings 

 

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Weddings at Christ Church

Christ Church is a lovely venue for a wedding both inside and outside. Whatever time of year, we are able to offer a warm welcoming venue with modern facilities to cater for your special day; our church buildings are also able to cater for smaller wedding receptions.

A Church wedding is a special occasion where couples make solemn vows before God, their friends and their family. On your wedding day a new chapter of life begins – as such we want to help couples make that day special and to enter into married life with a sense that every day needs also to be special.

Anyone who lives in the parish or who can show a special connection with Christ Church, is eligible to marry here (you don’t have to be a regular church goer).  If you are divorced and wish to re-marry in church, we may be able to help you, so please get in touch.

In order to establish if you live within the parish of Christ Church please click on the link below and enter your Postcode.

A Church Near You

If you decide to get married at Christ Church, the Vicar will have a few informal meetings with you to help you in your preparations for marriage and the wedding ceremony, there will also be a rehearsal approximately one week before.

Costs

There is a required legal fee for marrying in a church. This is set by the Church of England nationally and is the same for every church.
This basic legal fee includes the cost of the vicar, the church, calling your banns, a banns certificate, the marriage certificate, lighting and all administration. Please see the attached link for more details: https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/article/the-cost-of-church-weddings/

Other fees are added to this, such as the fees for an Organist, Verger, and any specific requirements that you may have – we are happy to discus and help you plan your special day.

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Before your Wedding Day, we will read out your Banns of Marriage in our main Sunday service for three consecutive weeks – to which you will receive an invitation.   If you live outside of our Parish, you must have your Banns of Marriage read in the parish where you live. If you both live in separate parishes other than ours, your Banns will need to be read in both parishes before you are able to marry.

For more information about Church Weddings the following link will take you to a site which gives lots of information and can help you to begin planning you wedding service:

Your Church Wedding

If you would like to enquire about holding your wedding ceremony at Christ Church or to enquire about visiting the Church to have a look round, please contact us and then our Church Administrator, Fiona Townsend, will be in touch with you.

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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits from 10am, before the service begins. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.
  • Livewires (3-7 years)
  • Encounter (7-11 years)
  • Katalyst (11-15 years)
  • Young people (15+ years) Stay in service.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Night Shelter
  • Foodbank
     
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

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