Weddings

Marriage in St Johns, Loughton

If you’ve recently got engaged or are thinking about getting married - Congratulations!!

Marriage in the Church of England is governed by the law. To marry in this Church you need to either:

Live in the parish.

Demonstrate that one of you:

i) has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least six months;

ii) was baptised in the parish as an infant;

iii) was prepared for confirmation in the parish (and when confirmed had your confirmation entered in a confirmation register in the parish);

iv) has at any time habitually gone to normal church services in the parish church regularly for a period of six months;  or

If any of your parents, at any time during your lifetime:

v) has lived in the parish for a period of at least six month;

vi) has habitually gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least six months; or

If any of your parents or grandparents

vii) were married in the parish;

then you, as a couple, are deemed to have a ‘qualifying connection’ to this parish. Couples are able to choose between marrying in any of the churches where they have a legal entitlement to marry.

Once you have demonstrated your legal entitlement to marry at St John’s you will also need to:

  • Provide evidence of your nationality, in line with recent changes to the Marriage Act 1949.

Second marriages are conducted in this Church.

By law, we are unable to conduct same-sex marriages.

Even if you cannot get married in this Church, we would always be  willing able to offer a service of blessing, thanksgiving or suitable prayers as you begin your new life together.

Love and Prayers,
Chris Davies, Rector

Initial enquiries - contact our parish office or complete the attached form.