Just a few years ago, the Church of England undertook what it called The Weddings Project. The project’s aims were to raise the church profile on weddings generally, but also to double the number of church weddings in two parishes nationally. Those two parishes were not chosen at random; they were the parish with the least number of church weddings per head of population and the parish with the most church weddings per head of population and they were in Bradford and Oxford respectively. The Project achieved its aim, doubling the number of church weddings in both parishes.
Here at St George’s that has set us thinking and our response is to hold a “Wedding Day”, well an afternoon, for anyone who wishes to come and find out more about getting married in church. It will be held on Sunday October 9th from 2pm until about 4ish with refreshments provided and anyone, yet to be married, just married, married a long time or just curious is invited to come along.
We will look at the history of all those traditions in a wedding (why exactly are there bridesmaids???) and other questions like that.
What is the Law about getting married in England and Wales which we have to keep to wherever we marry, church or elsewhere.
We’ll look at the churchy side of a church wedding and what options the couple have when it comes to planning their big day – did you know you can hire the church room (soon to be repainted) for a small reception or even put a marquee on the tower lawn?
And we will have a “wedding walk through” so people get a chance to appreciate the various parts of the service and why they happen in the way they do.
So, a date for your dairies, Sunday October 9th, 2pm until 4ish for our “Wedding Day Special” at St George’s Church.
In other news:
Saturday September 24th is a Craft Fair @ St George’s, 10am – 4pm. This is a first for the church and we hope it will be a fantastic day for all you crafters out there to come and see what’s going on in the crafting world. If you want to know more please look at the church Facebook or webpage. By the time you read this the Littleport Food bank will be up and running. St George’s is very pleased to be part of this initiative which involves many groups from around the community.
And finally, some people are aware that we have had plans to send wireless Broadband from the church tower to the outer reaches of the parish. This has made an excellent start with test users in Black Horse Drove. The signal comes from the Cathedral tower via a relay point in the Fen and if you want to know more, please contact me through the church website.
With every blessing, Rev’d Howard Robson