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Wedding policy for St Thomas'

As a church community we welcome anyone wishing to enquire about getting married at St Thomas’s. 

Due to our peculiar legal status we are not a parish church and couples are not able to get married by the reading of Banns. The majority of people wishing to marry at St Thomas will need to apply for a Special Licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Office. It is essential to speak with the Master at an early stage of planning. 

 

A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.

Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as His blessing enables two people to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between two people, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.

On your wedding day you face each other, to make your promises and receive God's blessing. This is witnessed by your guests, who are there to support you by their presence and prayers.  

 

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

        1 Corinthians 13: 4-7


 

In order to apply for a special licence (please do ask - we are well-used to this process), certain criteria need to be met. In brief, you need to:

A)  attend regular worship at St Thomas for a period of at least 6 months.

         B)  show openness to God

C)  show commitment and understanding of faith.

If you would like to enquire further please contact  Revd Catherine Lack, Master, 07582-033125 for an appointment. 

 

Useful Websites:

www.yourchurchwedding.org/project

www.achurchnearyou.com

 

Service of Prayers & Dedication 

We also offer a service of Prayer and Dedication (Blessing) for couples who live in the City of Newcastle and/or are getting married at the Civic Centre.

For information: contact Catherine Lack details above.

 

The Wedding Fees (2017)

Special Licence:  £315.00

Statutory Fees:    £424.00

Organist:              £  40.00

Verger:                  £available on request

 

Flowers:  We do not have resident flower arrangers, couples are welcome to make arrangements to provide their own.

Photography: By arrangement with the priest

 

 

Service of Prayer & Dedication after a Civil Marriage (often known as)                     Wedding Blessing

Fee:         £150.

Organist: £40.00

Verger:    £available on request

 

Fees are updated regularly, and may be changed wihtout notice - please check for up-to-date fees

 

 

 


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