WEDDINGS AND BLESSINGS
St. Giles the Abbot is a very attractive venue for weddings and blessings, with the approach through the Lych Gate, along a winding path and into the delightful, heavy beamed church on the Hill overlooking the magnificent Kent Countryside. It also has many favourable areas for the photographs.
On this page are many photographs taken at weddings at St. Giles. We wish to thank the brides and grooms for giving their permission to publish their photographs on our website
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Getting Married at St. Giles the Abbot, Farnborough
Couples may marry in a Parish Church:
To become a member of the church you do have to be baptised. If you are not baptised, we would be delighted to explore this with you.
Marriage Preparation ClassesNot only are we committed to ensuring that you have a very special and memorable wedding day, we are also keen to help you prepare for married life. To this end we run an eight-week wedding preparation course dealing with the following:
Wedding Blessings at St. Giles following a Civil CeremonyIn today’s world, many couples decide to get married in warm and exotic locations abroad. These weddings can always be very memorable, exciting and different. However, due to logistics, it is not always easy to include a wider circle of family and friends. Over the years, we have catered for a number of couples who have “tied the knot” abroad, but have wanted a traditional church service which will allow them to invite a fuller guest list while at the same time gaining God’s blessing on their relationship. If you are getting married abroad, or at another location such as a country club, golf course or manor house, for example, then why not come to St. Giles to have your marriage blessed by God? Wedding blessings do not require any residency qualifications. In other words, technically, people living anywhere in the world could have their wedding blessed in our church with all the accompanying memories and beautiful photographs.
Renewal of Marriage Vows and Significant AnniversariesFor many people, reaching a significant anniversary in the life of their marriage is a real achievement and warrants a special celebration. At St. Giles we are very committed to supporting and upholding the gift of married life. If you are approaching a significant anniversary, or if your marriage has been through a rocky patch and you would like a fresh start, then a Renewal Service can be just the right thing. In this case you would be invited to stand in front of the altar and repeat the promises that you once made. Children and grandchildren can act as bridesmaids and pageboys; the same hymns can be sung and special music can be played either on the organ or CD player. If this is followed by a family get-together the whole day can be a wonderful and memorable occasion which not only brings everybody together, but strengthens and renews the bonds of love and marriage.
What next?For all wedding enquiries please contact the Parish Office.
You can complete the Banns Application form on line but this needs to be signed and checked in person at Vestry Hour which is held on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 4.30 pm. We will send you our Weddings Brochure which contains all of the information you will require to organise and plan the church part of your wedding day.
Church attendance is not compulsory unless you are getting
married by joining the church's electoral roll. However many couples
tell us that attending the Church prior to their wedding made the
day more memorable and special. For times of services please refer
to the 'Worship' page of this website.
We are here to help you as you plan for this day. Our Parish
Secretary is very experienced in helping couples with their
arrangements, as are the clergy.
We congratulate David and Kim Scott-Wilds, Gary Lockyer and Anna Burrington, Joseph Christopher Champ and Darrelle Conway-Stokes, David and Helen Pratt, Jamie and Sarah Menton, Darren and Kath Rufford, and Jonathan Kearley and Gemma Burley on their recent marriages at St. Giles.
FAITH AND WORSHIP
The application form for Banns of Marriage, also a leaflet giving further information about having a wedding at St. Giles, including fees, may be obtained from the Downloads Page
Please contact either:The Parish Office 01689 853471 firstname.lastname@example.org or
The Rector 01689 856931 email@example.com )
Any divorce is invariably a very sad and painful experience
involving disappointment, loss and other strong feelings.
Finding a new relationship and learning how to love and trust again
can be enormously healing and fulfilling. It can seem natural
and right to want to come to Church to seek God's blessing for a new
start and a new beginning. If this is true for you then you
will find a warm and sympathetic welcome at St. Giles.
Marriage after Divorce
The sacrament of marriage is obviously a very special gift and all we ask from all of our couples is that it is approached with integrity, honesty and a willingness to receive what the Church has to offer you in such an important time in your lives.