On Saturday 29th March 2014 marriage between same-sex couples became legal in England Scotland and Wales. As a Christian Denomination our Society welcomes this acknowledgement that all people are equal in the eyes of God by appropriate parliamentary legislation.Our basic marriage service is shown here for your interest. All our services can be customised by the officiating minister to suit those requesting their ministry.

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MARRIAGE SERVICE
For the attention of Ministers asked to conduct a Marriage
Service:
The Marriage can only take place in a building which is registered by the
Registrar General for the solemnisation of marriages.
A marriage is a registered building must be solemnised with open doors
(i.e. doors not closed so as to prevent persons from entering that part of
a building in which the marriage is solemnised), between 8 am and 6 pm.
The contracting parties: two credible witnesses and a registrar of
marriages or an authorised person appointed for the registered building,
or for some other building in the same registration district should be
present. Therefore an authorised person may act in any registered
building as long as it is within his or her registered district.
Couples wishing to be married in any religious building, apart from the
Church of England, must give formal notice of marriage to the
Superintendent Registrar of the district(s) in which they live. They can
be married by ĎCertificate without Licenceí or by ĎCertificate with
Licenceí. Staff at the Registrar Office can give further advice or
information. A notice of marriage is valid for one calendar year.
If either of those intending to marry is resident in a district that has no
registered building, the marriage may take place at the nearest district in
which a building of the desired denomination is to be found. At least
one of the contracting parties must belong to that denomination.
The service may be performed in a building registered for such purpose
in a district where neither party resides provided that the building is their
usual place of worship.
Those about to marry should be referred to throughout the service by
the full Christian/first names and Surnames which they use and are
generally known by:
The Marriage Act 1994 empowered local authorities, from 1st April
1995, to consider applications to approve premises other than Register
Offices as venues for Civil non religious marriages. This allowed hotels,
stately homes, etc, to apply for approval.
The secular nature of civil marriages precludes the use of any building
with a recent or continuing religious connection. The marriage
ceremony at an approved premise must be entirely civil in nature i.e. it is
solemnised by the Superintendent Registrar and registered by the
registrar for marriages for the district concerned. Furthermore any
enhancement to the ceremony by way of prose, poetry readings or the
inclusion of a piece of music must be secular in nature.
Marriages in Scotland are subject to Scottish Law. Advice in this respect
may be obtained from:
Registrar General
General Register Office
New Register House
Edinburgh
EH11 3YT
0131 334 0380
Now for The Marriage Ceremony
Opening Address
Dear Friends, We meet today in the presence of God to unite in the
bond of holy matrimony, (Name) and (Name). Marriage is a dignified
and respectable undertaking, blessed by God through His son, who
performed His first miracle when He turned water into wine at the
marriage at Cana in Galilee. It is fitting therefore, that we remember
marriage is a sacrament, when solemn promises will be made between
two people, with God and this congregation as witnesses, and should
not be entered into frivolously, irreverently or without due heed. It
should only be done after much thought and careful consideration, and
with prayer to God for guidance, remembering the reasons for which
matrimony was ordained.
It was conceived of to enable humankind to fulfill Godís holy purpose. It was ordained in order that two people might complement each other and live together as one.
That the good disposition and characteristics of one, may enhance and
support those of the other. Where there is true, unselfish love, supreme, happiness is attainable. Family connections of love and friendship are strengthened by the union of both partnersí families, and precious bonds are formed.
Being able to share concerns, and having respect for each othersí
feelings are the bedrock of successful marriages. It is imperative that the dictates of one are never selfishly inflicted upon the other. Rather there should be harmonious agreement and unconditional love in all aspects of the union that is entered unto.
HYMN
THE MARRIAGE
Addressing the congregation the Minister says:
If any person here present can show any just cause why this man/woman and this man/woman may not lawfully be joined together, let him speak now or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
Addressing those about to be married the Minister says:
I require and charge you both, as in the sight of God, that if either of you know any cause or impediment why you may not be lawfully joined
together in Marriage, you do now confess it.
If there be no alleged impediment, the Minister will then require the person designated to speak and affirm first to repeat
after him as follows:
I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I
(Name in full) may not be joined in matrimony to (Name in full).
The Minister will then require the person agreed to be the second one of the couple to speak to repeat after him as follows;
I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I
(Name in full) in may not be joined in matrimony to (Name in full).
The Minister will then say to the woman/man:
(Name in full) wilt thou have this woman/man to be thy wedded wife/spouse, to live together according to Godís holy laws? Will thou love, honour, comfort and keep her/him, in sickness and in health, and cleave only unto her/him as long as you both shall live?
The woman/man shall answer:
I WILL.
The Minister will then say to the woman/man:
(Name in full) wilt thou have this woman/man to be thy wedded husband/spouse, to live
together according to Godís holy laws? Wilt thou love, honour,
comfort and keep her/him, in sickness and in health and cleave only unto her/him as long as you both shall live?
The woman/man shall answer:
I WILL.
The Minister will then say:
Who giveth this man/woman to be married to this man/woman?
A parent or other nominated person will answer:
I DO.
Then the Minister receiving the man/woman at his/her parentís or nominated personís hand, shall cause the man/woman with his/her right hand to take the man/woman by his/her right hand and
repeat after him as follows:
I call upon these persons here present to witness that I (Name in full) do
take thee (Name in full) to be my lawful wedded spouse/wife from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, according to Godís holy ordinance.
Then they shall both release their hands; and the man/woman, with his/her right hand taking the man/woman by his/her right hand, shall repeat after the Minister as follows:
I call upon these persons here present to witness that I (name in full) do
take thee (Name in full) to be my lawful wedded spouse/husband, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, according to Godís holy ordinance.
They again release their hands, and the ring(s) shall be placed on the book held by the Minister, who will then say:
(This/These) ring(s) shall be a token of the covenant between you, as
the ancient and accepted symbol of Marriage, and as witness of the love
in which you have declared yourselves to be wedded one to the other in
accordance with Godís holy ordinance, and the law of this land. May the
wearing of the ring(s) keep you true and faithful to each other, and
enable you to live together in this holy bond of Matrimony.

The Minister taking the ring, shall give it to the man/woman to place upon the third finger of the man's/womanís left hand: and the man/woman, holding the ring, will say after the Minister:
With this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son andof the Holy Spirit. Amen.
If rings are to be exchanged, the Minister shall give the ring to the woman/man to place upon the third finger of the woman's/manís left hand: and the man/woman, holding the ring will
say after the Minister:
With this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
They shall then both kneel down and the Minister will say:
Heavenly Father, we pray that you will bestow Thy blessing upon
(Name) and (Name) and in doing, may they be enabled to faithfully keep
and maintain the sacred vows that they have made today in Thy
presence, and as witnessed by this congregation. Let their future life
together be one of contentment. May they be blessed with happiness
and good health. And may the bond of true love which has brought
them together, be with them and remain with them throughout their
lives. This we ask in the name of Love. Amen.
Then joining their right hands together the Minister will say:
Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
As (Name) and (Name) have solemnly pledged themselves to each
other, to live together in Holy Matrimony, and have asked God and this
congregation to be their witness; I now pronounce that they be spouse/husband and spouse/wife together; in the name of the Father: and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Minister now asks the married couple to stand and invites the couple to kiss.
Invite the congregation to recite THE LORDíS PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom
come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who
trespass against us. And leave us not when in temptation; but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
BIBLE READING: Corinthians 1 vs 4-8 & 13. Love is patient; love
is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, or
rude; never selfish, not quick to take offence. Love keeps no score of
wrongs; does not gloat over other menís sins, but delights in the truth.
There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance. Love will never come to an end. Of the three qualities that are essential to our lives, faith, hope and love, the greatest of these is love.