Weddings

Weddings at St. George’s are part of our worship, and we welcome all who are serious about FEATURE_AandIWeddingdeepening their Christian faith and making a relationship with the Anglican Church. At St. George’s, we seek to become as supportive as possible of your marriage and of your relationship for years to come. Those seeking marriage here are in effect also seeking a relationship with our community, and as a part of that commitment, one member of the couple must be both baptized and an active member of the Christian faith seeking to continue to grow their spiritual life within the Christian community. Where one partner is a member of another faith community, arrangements can be made for an interdenominational or interfaith ceremony with the clergy from that community participating.

Along with planning the many details of the wedding day, couples are also required to attend the Diocesan Marriage Preparation Weekend led by lay couples. This workshop is for those who have not been married before and for those entering into subsequent marriages. The program typically address subjects such as communications, conflict resolution, personality differences, intimacy, and the spiritual dimensions of a relationship.

The wedding ceremony will be conducted according to the rites of the Anglican Church of Canada. There are two services: a traditional liturgy (Book of Common Prayer) and a contemporary form (The Book of Alternative Services). In these options, there is room for personal choice and the clergy will be pleased to assist you in making choices regarding readings, prayers, music and other significant gestures.

Same-Sex Blessings

St. George’s welcomes and celebrates same-sex couples and is delighted to offer Blessings of Marriage to them.  It is our hope that the Anglican Church of Canada will eventually allow us to offer same-sex weddings, but sadly that is not yet the case. However, while blessings are celebrated in the church, it is possible to have a civil marriage in our community hall or garden before the blessing.

Blessings, too, are a part of our worship and our community, and same as with traditional weddings, we ask that one partner is both baptized and an active member of the Christian faith.

There is room for personal choice within these blessings, and the clergy will be pleased to assist you in making choices regarding readings, prayers, music and other significant gestures.

 

If you are considering a marriage or blessing at St. George’s, as a first step, contact us so we may meet and discuss your wishes, preparations, dates, times and all the important details. Please contact the office at 250-472-2090 or by email.