Benefice of Bethersden with High Halden and Woodchurch

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  • The Rectory, Bull Lane
  • Bethersden
  • Ashford
  • Kent
  • TN26 3HA

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Are you thinking of a Church of England wedding but are not sure which parish Church you can choose?

On 1 October 2008 a new set of rules was introduced which are intended to allow couples much greater flexibility about their choice of parish church.  This is because couples often live and work a long way from the parish with which they have personal or family connections and in which they would like to marry.

The new rules mean that you may now be able to marry in a parish church if you or your partner can show one or more of the following:

•  You have lived in the parish for at least 6 months; or

•  You have regularly attended public worship in the parish at Church of England services for at least
    six months; or

•  You were baptised (Christened) in the parish in a Church of England service; or

•  Your parents or grandparents were married in the parish in a Church of England service; or

•  Your parents have lived in the parish for at least 6 months during your lifetime; or

•  Your parents have regularly attended public worship in the parish at Church of England services for
   at least 6 months during your lifetime; or

•  You have been confirmed (in a Church of England service) and your confirmation is entered in a
    register belonging to a church or chapel in the parish.

Of course this is only a brief summary of the rules and there may be other factors that need to be discussed.  If you would like to discuss the possibility of getting married in church in this parish please do not hesitate to contact the Benefice Co-ordinator

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