Marriage Matters!

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Thinking about getting married at
Christ Church, Purley?


We are delighted that you wish to get married at Christ Church, Purley!  

You may have heard that new regulations allow weddings in more churches. This leaflet is designed to help answer some of your questions.
 

Can I get married at Christ Church?


You may get married at Christ Church, Purley if you or your partner:
  • have lived in the Parish of Christ Church, Purley for at least 6 months either now or in the past
  • have regularly attended public worship at Church of England services in the Parish of Christ Church, Purley for at least 6 months either recently or in the past
  • have parents or grandparents who were married in the Parish of Christ Church, Purley by a Church of England service
  • have parents who lived in the Parish of Christ Church, Purley for at least 6 months during your lifetime
  • have parents who regularly attended public worship at Church of England services in the Parish of Christ Church, Purley for at least 6 months during your lifetime
  • are currently on the Christ Church, Purley Parish Electoral Roll (note that this is the church not the civil Roll)
  • were baptised in the Christ Church, Purley parish (by a Church of England form of baptism)
  • have been confirmed (in a Church of England service) and your confirmation is entered in a register belonging to the parish of Christ Church, Purley.
We will help determine your right to get married Christ Church, Purley.
 

How do I prove this?

We will help determine your right to get married Christ Church, Purley. You will need to provide proof of identity and current place of residence. We will also ask you for evidence to support your application in one of the above categories and will help you with that when we can.
 

What is the situation if I am divorced or if I am not a UK national?

If you have been divorced or if you are not a UK national it may be possible to get married at Christ Church, Purley - but let us know early on as these are special issues and it may not be possible. For example we do not automatically remarry people who have been previously married.
Do bear in mind that a Service of Thanksgiving (following a marriage at a civil ceremony) is an acceptable alternative for many whose circumstances are complex.
 

Is there any preparation involved?

As you are asking to get married in a church, we will ask and invite you attend a pre-marriage ‘Alpha Course’ (a 10 week course that helps you understand what the Christian faith is), and we also require you to take a five week course in Marriage Preparation that we provide once or twice a year if you want to get married at Christ Church, Purley.
 

What do I need to do now?

If you think that you are eligible to get married at Christ Church, Purley, the first thing you need to do is to complete and return the initial form, and sign the declaration, returning it together with the requested documentary evidence before we can confirm a date and time for your Marriage Service. You will need to provide proof of identity and current place of residence. We will also ask you for evidence to support your application in one of the above categories and help you with that when we can.
 

For further information please contact:

The Vicar or The Church Administrator at the Church Office by: .
Preparing to get married in church all takes some time, so do contact the Church Office at the earliest stage to explore or find out more about getting married or having a Service of Thanksgiving at Christ Church and what is involved.

If you are planning your wedding and are interested in getting married in a church, the following information and support from the Church of England might useful – yourchurchwedding.org