If you are planning your wedding, then congratulations from all in the Parish of the Claydons!
We are delighted when couples choose to get married in church, and recent changes in the law make this much easier. You do not have to be baptised or a churchgoer to get married in church, although the marriage service is of course a Christian one, in which you make promises to God, as well as each other.
Our Parish is a popular place to get married.
You are welcome to get married in any of our churches, All Saints Middle Claydon, St Mary’s East Claydon or St Michael’s Steeple Claydon, as long as you fulfil one of the following criteria:
One of you must have:
- lived at any time in the parish for a period of at least six months
- been baptised at any of our churches
- been prepared for confirmation in the parish
- attended regular services in any of churches at any time for a period of at least six months
Or that one of your parents, at any time after you were born, has:
- lived in the parish for a period of at least six months
- attended regular services at any of our churches for a period of at least six months
Or that one of your parents or grandparents was:
- married at any of our churches.
To find out whether an address is in the parish of The Claydons, please go to www.achurchnearyou.com and enter your postcode. There may be other circumstances in which you could get married in any of our churches; please do contact the Reverend Rickey Simpson-Gray.
If you would like to get married at any of our churches, please contact the Reverend Rickey well in advance. The priest who will officiate at your wedding service will need to fill in some forms with you, and will want to talk to you about your special service, and the Christian understanding of marriage. The Church of England has its own site dedicated to church weddings. Please go to this link.