SSt Peter’s is a wonderful venue to have your marriage service. It is of course a beautiful church, but more importantly holding the ceremony in church means seeking God’s blessing for your relationship. It also means that you will be held in the prayers of the local Christian community.
All couples are invited to an initial meeting with the Rector. For weddings between citizens with UK passports, marriage is normally arranged by “banns”. This means that an announcement is made in church on three consecutive weeks in the three months before you are to be married. If you live in Limpsfield and hold UK passports you will automatically qualify to be married here. If you do not live in Limpsfield but have a special connection with the church or village (for example you used to live here, your parents lived here or you or your parents used to worship at St Peter’s) it may still be possible. All initial enquiries should be made to the Rector through the Parish Office by telephone on 01883-712512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the wedding couples are invited to attend a marriage preparation day. This explores expectations of marriage, its meaning and dealing with relationship issues. It is also a good opportunity to meet other couples getting married within our team of churches.
For weddings where at least one one of the couple holds an overseas passport, you will almost certainly need to be married by “common licence” instead of banns. Please call the Parish Office to learn the process you need to go through.
If either party has been divorced, marriage in church is possible but not automatic and needs to be carefully considered together with the Rector. In line with Church of England policy marriage of divorcees is allowed within certain condition. The couple is encouraged to meet the Rector to discuss their circumstances.
If you wish to consider getting married at St Peter’s, the best thing to do is to come along to a service on a Sunday and to see the church and introduce yourself to a member of the clergy.
For an initial conversation or to book a meeting with the Rector contact the Parish Office.
For married couples who wish to give thanks for their marriage and to seek God’s blessing there is the opportunity to have a special ceremony with their family and friends in church. This may be for a couple who were originally married some time ago in a civil ceremony at a Registrar’s Office and who have now decided to bring their marriage under God and to renew their vows according to the church’s understanding of marriage. Alternatively it may be for a couple married some years ago in church and who have reached a special anniversary or a significant moment in their relationship.