WORSHIPPING, CARING, SHARING
in the name and love of God
St Laurence, Appleton
is a registered Fairtrade Church
Legal Rights and Qualifying Connections
There is a legal right for all those living in a parish to be married in the local church. However, if neither bride nor groom is currently resident in the parish, they also have a legal right to marry at St Laurence Church if either of them can demonstrate just one of the following seven connections with the parish:
> The bride or groom:
• was baptised at St Laurence Church (1)
• was prepared for confirmation in the parish (2)
• previously lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months (3)
• regularly attended normal Sunday services at St Laurence Church for a period of at least 6 months (4)
> One of the parents of the couple, at any time after their birth:
• lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months (5)
• regularly attended normal Sunday services at St Laurence Church for a period of at least 6 months (6)
> One of the parents or grandparents of the couple:
• was married at St Laurence Church (7)
1. All couples will need to show the Rector their passports as proof of nationality.
2. Couples will be asked to provide proof of address or evidence of their qualifying connection to St Laurence Church (e.g. a utility bill or their parents’ marriage certificate). The incumbent will provide guidance on acceptable documents.
There are a number of legal requirements and restrictions on which the incumbent will be able to advise, e.g.
a. No-one may be married in the UK until they are 16 years old; and anyone under the age of 18 must have their parents’ consent to marry.
b. Couples from outside the parish must arrange for their Banns to be read at the church of the parish in which they reside, as well as at St. Laurence.
c. The wedding must take place between 8am and 6pm (on any day of the week).
d. It is not legally permissible for same-sex couples to marry in a Church of England church.
Special guidelines apply to the marriage of divorcees in a Church of England church. If one or both of the couple are divorced, it will be necessary to:
1. show the incumbent their decree absolute and
2. discuss and explore their situation with the incumbent.
The incumbent may decline to conduct the marriage of a divorcee without reference to the PCC. If the incumbent so declines, (s)he may - or may not - agree to allow a visiting minister to conduct the wedding at St Laurence. In such circumstances, the incumbent will inform the PCC of the decision reached. Further information for prospective couples is available on the Church of England website: click here