Can we get married in the benefice?

We would love to welcome you for a church wedding at one of our churches and the good news is that you can marry in our churches regardless of your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and whether or not you have been a regular churchgoer.

Because getting married gives you a whole new legal status with many benefits, there are some legal requirements you need to meet to get married at one of our churches. You can get married in our benefice if you or your fiancee meet any of the following criteria:

  • you live in one of the parishes in our benefice (Easington, Liverton or Liverton Mines) 
  • you are on the the electorall roll of one of our churches
  • you are able to demonstrate that you have a qualifying connection to our benefice.

Qualifying Connections

You have a Qualifying Connection to our benefice if:

one of you:

  • has at any time lived in our benefice for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised in our benefice  or
  • was prepared for confirmation in our benefice or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in our benefice  for a period of at least 6 months or

one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in our benefice for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in our benefice or a period of at least 6 months or

one of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in our benefice

And did you know that if you move house, you’re immediately connected to the church there? That means you can marry in the church of your new parish.

In all cases involving church services - i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage - this applies only to Church of England services. Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry in our  church.

Marriage After Divorce

Here in Easington with Liverton benefice we wish you a lifetime of love that grows within God’s protection. But we recognise that some marriages do fail for all sorts of sad and painful reasons. So in certain circumstances the Church of England accepts that a divorced person may marry again in church and this has been the case since 2002. If one or both of you are divorced please contact our priest in Charge Danny Walker (01287 644907) who will be happy to discuss whether it is possible for you to be married in our benefice. Even if it is not possible to do your wedding, we may offer a blessing service after a civil wedding.

Not Sure?

Contact us on 01287 644907 or email revdannywalker@outlook.com


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