A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. We believe that marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife 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 a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.
On their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. The support and encouragement that can be shown by friends and family at a wedding service are important but shouldn’t end there. It should be treasured in the years to come.
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)
Booking Weddings in Kirkby
Weddings can take place in all four of our churches. It is up to couples as they make their plans to decide which would suit them best. In the first instance you are advised to come to our bookings office in St Andrew’s Church, Highfield, Tower Hill, every Tuesday evening between 6.30pm and 7.30pm when a member of the clergy is usually present.
Planning a Wedding?
We have provided some resources here that we hope you will find helpful for planning the service in one of our churches. A link to the current fee list is also in the list below.
We can provide an able choir that can both help with congregational singing and offer some perfomance items during the signing of the register. They are generally only available on Saturdays. Please ask for more details.
We can provide printed orders of service simply and relatively inexpensively. Click on the Service Sheet Planner button in the information tab above.
A standard service card is always available in church at no cost.
Links and Downloads
Pictures of the inside of St Chad’s:
One of our blogs containing some pictures (link)
View down the church from the back (JPEG picture)
View up the church from the front (JPEG picture)
View of the Altar (JPEG picture)
Suggested list of Bible readings for wedding services(pdf document)
Suggested list of hymns for weddings (pdf document)
Rough order of service as a guide for home produced service sheets (pdf document)
Wagner: “Bridal March” from “Lohengrin” (Traditional Processional Music) [MIDI file]
Mendelssohn: “Wedding March” (Traditional Recessional Music) [MIDI file]
Jeremiah Clarke: “Trumpet Voluntary” (Bright alternative Processional piece) [MIDI file]
Beethoven: “Fur Elise” (For the signing of the Registers) [MIDI file]
Pachelbel: “Canon” (Signing of the Registers or before the service) [MIDI file]
JS Bach: “Book 1, Prelude 1” (Signing the Registers) [MIDI file]