A message from Heather Molloy, who is the member of our ministry team with special responsibility for helping couples wanting to get married in church.
If you’re looking at this then I guess you’re thinking about getting married and maybe in church. So what can I say that will help you to decide that Christ’s Church Harwood really is the place for you?
Well, we really do have all that you need to make your day really special.
Our church itself, while small, is beautiful and still has many of its original pews in place. It also has a number of interesting historical artefacts – such as the pulpit, made for the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace, London, in 1660 and said to be the place from which Charles II heard his first sermon after his restoration to the throne. So your wedding would be in a place that contains much of historical significance while outside is our award winning churchyard.
We have an amazing group of people who arrange the flowers in church for our services. They will arrange and even buy the flowers for your wedding if you would like.
A number of talented organists play at our weddings and we can put you in touch with one of them if you’d like to speak to someone about the music you want for your big day. There is also a Sound Desk Team who can play any of your own music that you would like to include.
According to Church Regulations, marriage is only conducted ‘after appropriate preparation’ and so we run a ‘Marriage Preparation Day’, two or three times a year, usually in the Spring on a Saturday.The Minister who is to officiate at you wedding will meet with you a few months before the service to make sure that both we and you know what is to happen and that all the legal requirements have been taken care of; and to help with any final decisions about hymns and readings etc.
The days run from 9.30am to approximately 4.00pm and are held in the church with lunch & drinks provided.
There are short talks & DVD clips interspersed with time out for you as a couple to talk together around topics such as ‘The art of Communication’. There will be breaks during which you will be able to chat to other couples but that will be on a social level, you are not expected to ‘share’ anything with anyone other than your partner.
The minister who is to officiate at your marriage is usually there for part of the day so that you have the opportunity to meet them (if you haven’t already) and talk to them about your big day.
Couples usually really enjoy having the space and time (away from all the other preparations) to just sit and talk to each other, as well as enjoy good food and company.
There is no charge for this day and we look forward very much to seeing you there if you do decide that Christ’s Church, Harwood is the place for your Wedding.
Download here Thinking about a church wedding - a list of frequently asked questions about getting married in the Church of England.
Further information and guidance on the marriage service itself is also available from the Vicar, Wendy Oliver -see our Contacts page for her details.
The Church of England has recently made it easier for a couple to marry in a church where they have a family or other special connection, even if you don’t live here, so do talk to the Vicar about your plans.
www.yourchurchwedding.org Celebrating the new law that makes it easier to marry in church, this web site contains case studies of real weddings, a wedding planner, information about marriage, the ceremony, choosing music and more.