In Christian marriage, a man and a woman establish a life-long partnership with one another. They promise before God and the Church to be faithful to one another throughout good times and bad. The bond between them reflects that between Christ and the Church, and its strength helps them to care for any children that may be born to them.
The Church of England gives all British citizens, with no former partner still living, the right to get married in the parish church where they live, or in the church where either of the couple are on the church's electoral roll. Those who have a special (‘qualifying’) connection may also apply to be married in one of our churches. The London diocesan website hasa quick guide with further information on this subject.
Although there are other means of fulfilling the legal requirements, most church weddings take place after the couple have had their banns of marriage read in church. The banns are public announcements that a marriage is due to take place. They are normally read during the month preceding that in which the marriage is due to take place.
Couples who are due to marry in one of our churches will receive individual preparation, and will be invited to an annual day course covering different aspects of marriage.
If you would like to be married at St John's or St Luke's, please contact our Banns Secretary, Mrs Maureen Shapland (020 8363 7217) email: firstname.lastname@example.org