The Bridge Benefice

THE BRIDGE BENEFICE

Nackington   Lower Hardres   Bridge   Patrixbourne   Bekesbourne

Baptisms and Weddings

Services in The Bridge Benefice

Baptisms in The Bridge Benefice

We always welcome enquiries for Baptism at any of our churches, which is the service by which a child or adult is welcomed as a member of the Christian Church. The Church of England website explains more about Baptism as a child and as an adult.

 https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/christenings 

  http://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/adult-baptism

If you would like to find out more, or to arrange a baptism, then please contact Rev Estella Last on estellalast@gmail.com or 01227 206272

 

 

 


Weddings in the Bridge Benefice

All our churches are beautiful ancient buildings and we always offer a warm welcome to couples who seek to be married in one of them. To be married in a Church of England Church there are certain criteria that couples have to meet.

A couple can marry in this church if they are both EEA nationals and one of them:

  1. Lives in the parish
  2. Has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
  3. Has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of 6 months
  4. Was baptised in the parish
  5. Is confirmed and their confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish
  6. One of their parents, at any time after they were born has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
  7. One of their parents or grandparents was married in the parish

If none of 1-7 applies, they can still marry in this church if:

  1. They are granted a Special Licence. (NB. The eligibility requirements for Special Licence should, where relevant, be explained to the couple according to their circumstances.)
  2. Nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area can marry in this church if they have been granted a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate

As we are a Benefice, once qualified, you can marry in any one of the five churches within the Bridge Benefice.

The Church of England Weddings website explains more on marrying in a Church of England Church https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/weddings

For more information please contact the Rev Estella Last on estellalast@gmail.com or complete the following wedding enquiry form:

https://thebridgebenefice.myiknowchurch.co.uk/led/enquiryForm/wedding