As long as you meet one of these seven conditions you may be married in our church:
That one of you:
has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
was baptised in the parish concerned or
was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months (see note below) or
that one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months (see note below) or
that one of your parents or grandparents:
was married in the parish.
Please note: ‘The Church of England Marriage Measure 2008 allows a person to establish a qualifying connection with a parish by habitually attending worship in the parish church for a period of six months.
Habitual worship would mean at least once a month. The period of six months begins on the day a person first attends a service and is not completed until six months after that date. So, for instance, if a person first attended worship in St Mary, Almeley on Sunday 8th January 2012, the qualifying period would not be complete until they had worshipped in St Mary, Almeley at least once a month in every succeeding month up to and including Sunday 8th July 2012. They would then have to leave at least four weeks for banns to be read. ‘
In all cases involving church services - i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage - this applies only to Church of England services.
Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry in your special church.
Talk to our Vicar well in advance to discuss the options open to you.