marry in our Churches?
new regulations that became law in October 2008, there are four ways you can marry in any Anglican
- One or
both partners living in parish
- By one
or both partners being on the Church Electoral Roll
- By Archbishop's
- By having a 'Qualifying Connection' with our parish
and the Law - Banns of Marriage
can be married, certain legal formalities have to take place to make sure
that you are both free to marry. Usually this is done by the reading of
Banns in the parish churches where each of you is resident. There is a
fee payable for each the banns reading, currently it is £22.
least one of you lives in the Parish of Fawkham and Hartley, your
Banns will be read in the parish on the first three Sundays of the month
preceding your wedding. Most couples like to be present to hear their
banns read, and we look forward to welcoming you to the services when
your banns are to be read. We also hope that you will enjoy coming to
church on a regular basis in the months leading up to your wedding. To
discover more of God's love for you and his purpose for your lives will
be a strong foundation for your marriage.
of you lives in another parish, your Banns of Marriage will also have
to be read in that parish church. It is your responsibility to contact
the Rector / Vicar there and make the arrangements for your Banns to be
read. He or she will arrange to have the Banns read and then issue you
with a Banns Certificate for which there is a fee payable. You must give this certificate to the Rector as soon as you
are issued with it because your marriage cannot legally go ahead unless
he has seen it.
- We suggest
you contact your local minister about four months before your wedding.
of you lives in the Parish of Fawkham and Hartley you will have to have a qualifying connection. You will have the required connection if
one of you;
- was baptised in the parish. (This does not apply where the baptism formed part of a combined service of baptism or confirmation); or
- had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish; or
- has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
- has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
or a Parent of that person has at any time during that person’s lifetime:
- had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
- habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
or a Parent or Grandparent of that person was married in the parish.
If you are going to attend services for the 6 months, we recommend
that you attend our Family Service on the third Sunday of the month at
10.30 a.m. at All Saints Hall. You will also need to have been baptised.
Please join us at our Sunday services as soon as possible so that the
Rector can confirm the arrangements for your wedding, otherwise the booking
will lapse after the six month period. We hope that you will find a real
welcome in the parish, and that because you have joined in worship here,
your wedding will be even more meaningful.
- You will
also need to arrange for Banns of Marriage to be read in the Anglican
Parish Churches where you both live, as well as in our parish.
To answer any questions you may have at this stage, then we suggest that you have a look at the wedding section on the Church of England website. It has a ver good FAQ section which will answer most common questions. Click here
building should you choose
of Fawkham and Hartley is one parish formed a number of years ago from
two individual parishes. This means that we are blessed with two lovely
Churches within the parish. Should you decide to go ahead and get married
in Fawkham and Hartley, you can choose which church to get married in.
There are a number of considerations; maybe you have family links with
one particular building, the churches have different capacities and also
different car park arrangements, you also may prefer the look of one building
over another. If you would like some background historical information
on the churches select History on the menu and you will find a page on