Weddings

from This Day Forward to Have and to Hold
 
Many people don’t realise that they can have the country church wedding they dream of, even if they’ve never been to church before
 
A couple can be married in St John the Baptist Church Hellidon if either the bride or groom is resident in the parish of Hellidon, or if the bride or groom have a Qualifying Connection #1 that allows them to be married in the church. If neither of those things apply then the couple would need to worship in the church regularly for a minimum of six months prior to their wedding. 
We’re a small village church and we’re always pleased to welcome new faces into our congregation as you make plans and get ready for your big day.
Alternatively, you can apply for an Archbishop’s Special Licence, although these are quite costly and further conditions apply.
 
We hope you will enjoy coming to church in Hellidon
 
All you need to help you plan a personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful church wedding can be found on the new Church of England web site: www.yourchurchwedding.org 
 
Please contact us as soon as you start making plans and wish to get married in church. There will be time to discuss the service, choose hymns and readings to make the service personal and very special. Then there will be an opportunity to talk about making the most of your future together. 
 
We hope that each wedding day is a wonderful and happy day for all who are there.
 
For such a special day, we offer a special place, just a ten minute stroll from the Hellidon Lakes hotel. 
On a sunny day, it’s the most delightful walk...
 
# 1  Qualifying Connections: You can marry in a Church of England church if you can show that one of you:
  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned, or
  • is confirmed and your confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish (this will usually be the case if you were 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

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

 or

That either of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish