If you or your partner live in the Parishes of Beeley or Edensor we are happy to
marry you. We can also offer a Service of Blessing. If you live outside the Parish
boundaries we can marry if you qualify under one of the other conditions (see Qualifications
to get married page).
Why get married in church?
Because in some way or other you are seeking God at the centre of your marriage.
Yet suppose God doesn’t mean much to you? Suppose you believe there is a Someone
or Something but you’re not sure what? Now that you are getting married, now that
you are looking forward to something better, now that you are feeling a bit confused
as well as happy, now that you are beginning a new life, THIS IS THE TIME TO TRY
- OR TO TRY AGAIN - TO DISCOVER GOD.
The most obvious experience of God is the love you have for one another. For God
is Love. We see this love uniquely in JESUS.
* He loves generously enough not to demand but to give.
* He loves deeply enough to understand.
* He love strongly enough to forgive.
* He loves to the end – and after.
At your wedding you will promise to love like that. You will ask God to make your
love for each other like his love. Remember, Jesus gave out all the time. He healed
people, He made them feel valuable, He knelt and washed their feet, and in the end
He gave His Life: He died for them.
It’s not likely that you will have to die for your partner! But in the ordinary rough
and tumble of living, in the inevitable battle of wills in marriage, sometimes giving
feels like a bit of you is dying. And the more you die to your selfishness the greater
you become. Two people become one in love.
At your wedding in Church you will ask Christ to take you both, join you together
and lead you in the exciting venture of love.
The art of marriage
A good marriage must be created.
In the marriage, the little things are the big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once each day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together and facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right person,
It is being the right partner.
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