Congratulations on choosing to get married and we hope we can help you have a very memorable wedding in our beautiful church.

By coming to church for your wedding you are choosing to involve God from the beginning. We pray that your marriage will be blessed with the mutual love, honour and comfort which the service celebrates.

All you need to help you plan a personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful Church of England wedding can be found here. The site has lots to offer as you plan your wedding, and you can click here to see the words of the Common Worship service.

Please note that for registration purposes, one of you must live in or have a strong connection with the parish of St Johns, Locks Heath, or otherwise regularly worship at St Johns so you can be on the parish electoral roll. If you live outside the parish then please click here to see if you have a past connection that will allow you to be married here.

So, please send an email to weddings@sjlh.org.uk with your name, full address, contact telephone number and details of your requirements. Our Weddings Coordinator will then contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss and book your wedding. At that meeting a few more details will be taken, your questions answered, and you will be invited to our marriage preparation course called “To Love and to Cherish” in advance of your wedding. For course details and dates please click here.

Remarriage

If you have been married before then it may still be possible for you to get married in church, but you will need to discuss the circumstances with the vicar. If the marriage is not possible in church, for instance, if one of you has been married more than once before, then he will happily introduce you to the very meaningful celebration of marriage following a civil ceremony. You can find more details here.

Celebrating an Anniversary

Congratulations on reaching a special anniversary in your marriage. There is a lovely service called ‘”A Thanksgiving for Marriage” which is designed to help you celebrate your marriage in church with a renewed commitment to your vows. Of course, the service need not be limited to anniversaries. A special service may be appropriate at other times too e.g. for renewing vows on an anniversary years after a Civil Ceremony, when you want to give thanks to God. More information can be found here.
If you would like to discuss such a celebration at St Johns Church then please send an email to weddings@sjlh.org.uk with your name, full address, contact telephone number and details of your requirements.

Banns when getting married elsewhere

If you live in our parish or worship at St John’s and are getting married elsewhere, then please send an email to weddings@sjlh.org.uk with your name, full address, contact telephone number and details of your requirements to make arrangements to fill out the relevant forms and pay the banns fee. You will then be notified of the dates the banns will be read at St Johns church. This will normally be the first three Sundays at the 9.30 service, in the month prior to your marriage, (unless otherwise requested) and in any case not more than three months before your wedding.
After the final reading, your banns certificate will be signed by the clergy and ready for collection when you must give it to the vicar who is to marry you.

Citizenship Regulations

All applicants (even those for away banns) need to have their valid passports to be shown when making arrangements. If they haven’t got a valid passport or identity card and if they were born before 1st January 1983 they can provide their birth certificate and driving licence, or utility bill. If they were born after 1st January 1983 they are not automatically a British citizen so they must provide the following: a full UK birth certificate showing parents’ details, a driving licence or utility bill showing the party’s use of the name, evidence of the party’s parents British citizenship or settled status at the time of the party’s birth (such as parents’ birth certificate) and the party’s parents’ marriage certificate (if the citizenship if claimed through the father).

Learn more

Please click the links below for further information on:

Christenings
Confirmation
Funerals