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The church in New Zealand has a tradition of conducting weddings and its ministers are registered by the state as marriage celebrants. This is certainly the case at St. Albans Uniting and because of St. Albans Uniting’s desire to be an inclusive community that aims to be Christ in the Community with no strings attached anyone is welcome to celebrate their marriage and make their vows at St Albans Uniting. The minister may also be available to lead a marriage service at some other location of your choosing.
Every request is approached with the assumption that in coming to St Albans Uniting the couple have a serious intention to establish their marriage on Christian principles and the parish believes that as well as meeting the requirements of the law a church marriage also involves far more. Those being married in a church also seek God’s blessing on their marriage, and make a solemn vow, not just to each other but, also in acknowledgment of a presence that is greater than both of them.
The first step in planning a wedding at St Albans Uniting is to phone the minister at 03 385 7545 and arrange a meeting. The minister will want at least a two meetings to get to know the couple so that the service belongs to them. In giving options and suggestions for the format of celebration the minister will also encourage the couple to speak about their hopes and expectations for this most important event. The parish has information available on the legal requirements of a wedding service and guidance in preparing the service but the key focus will always be on creating a service that is relevant and owned by the couple and families involved.