Great news for couples hoping to get married in Leigh!
Following the launch in October 2008 of a new law, couples wanting to marry in Leigh Church will now find it much easier.
Previous law established a right for couples to marry in the Church of England only in the parish church where one or both of them lived. To marry in any other parish required a special licence or six months of regular attendance followed by entry onto the local church electoral roll.
But the new law makes it just as easy for couples to marry in a church where they have a family or other special connection, even if they donít live there.
The changes mean couples are now able to be married in Leigh Church if just one of the following applies:
v one of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
v one of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more;
v one of them has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more;
v one of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their childís lifetime;
v one of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for six months or more in their childís lifetime;
v their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
A church wedding adds a spiritual dimension to a marriage and the beautiful church of St Bartholomew, Leigh will make any wedding that takes place within its ancient walls extra special.
Couples wishing to marry in St Bartholowmew, Leigh should ring the vicar, Revd Jonathan Willans on 01306 611224 or the curate, Revd Frank Lehaney on 01306 611201
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