Getting Married at
Sefton Parish Church

We pride ourselves on giving you the best of beginnings, by helping you prepare carefully for your Marriage Service, and by trying to meet your needs as best we can.

Who may marry at Sefton Parish Church?

We welcome requests to be married at Sefton Parish Church and as a picturesque and historical location it is a very popular venue. Recent changes to the marriage rules allow you to be married in a church outside your own parish if you can prove that you have some qualifying connection with the church.

You have a Qualifying Connection if you:

  • were baptised here;
  • had your confirmation entered in our register;
  • have at any time had your usual place of residence in the church parish for at least 6 months;
  • have at any time habitually attended public worship here for at least 6 months;
  • one of your parents has at any time during your lifetime;
  • had their usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months;
  • habitually attended public worship at Sefton Church for at least 6 months;
  • your parents or grandparents were married at Sefton.

In order that we are able to keep a record that you are attending church regularly we ask that you join our envelope scheme – we give you a pack of small envelopes in which you put your collection when you attend church rather than put it straight on to the collection plate. If you are a tax payer we ask you to fill in the front of the envelope this allows us to reclaim tax. If we are asked to show proof that you have attended church (which we can legally be asked to do) this will then be possible. We hope you will assist us in this – and the money you give will also go towards keeping the doors of Sefton Church open for future generations.

Times of Sunday services are as follows: 10.45am & 6.30pm

What if one or both parties have been married and divorced?

The Church of England has set guidelines that allow Clergy to marry people who have been divorced. You will need to be prepared to discuss with the Rector the circumstances of the breakdown of the first marriage and to supply a copy of your decree absolute. The decision to offer marriage under these circumstances is at the discretion of the Rector.

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There are a number of audio and video recordings of services held at our church.

  • The latest is a video of the 2014 Nine Lessons & Carols service
  • An audio recording of the first of the new Family Service format which by coincidence was also the retirement service for Tony Nightingale, our Organist and Choirmaster
  • An audio recording of the Royal Jubilee service held at Sefton Church on Sunday 10th June 2012, a service of thanks and appreciation for Queen Elizabeth II in the 60th year of her reign

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