We would love to welcome you to our church for your wedding. Under the new Marriage Measure it has become much easier to marry in a church with which you have some strong connection, rather than needing to reside within the Parish. You can marry in Christ Church Blacklands and St. Andrew, Hastings church if you can show:-
That one of you:
has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
was baptised in the parish or
was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
was married in the parish
And did you know that if you move house into our parish, you’re immediately connected to our church? That means you can marry in the church. Please remember that this definition of the parish includes both the new combined parish and the old, separate parishes of Christ Church, Blacklands and St. Andrew, Queen’s Road, Hastings, before they merged in 1965, so if you were baptised or confirmed, or your parents or grandparents married in the old St. Andrew’s church on Queen’s Road you still have the necessary connection even though the Church is no longer there.
In all cases involving church services, that is going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage, this applies only to Church of England services. Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry in your special church. A lot more information is available from the “Your Church Wedding” web site, which also has aids for planning the ceremony, choosing hymns and readings and lots more. Some resources to help you are available on the Parish document store to which you may be given access when you book your wedding.
To quote from the Church of England web site: “Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.“
And remember when the next happy event comes along, Baptisms are free!