Early this year the Mission and Ministry team organised three training events focusing on the Occassional offices - Christenings, Weddings and Funerals. To download the slides from the events click links below
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Do you love weddings? Do you experience weddings and associated events as gifts from God, facilitating mission and ministry? Would you like to see more people getting married in church?
Research indicates that over 50% of couples planning to get married would like to get married in church, but only approx. 30% actually do. Many talk themselves out of it because they assume they won’t be ‘allowed to’ or don’t ‘qualify’.
Wanted: A Wedding Fair team.
For a number of years the Church of England nationally has staffed a stand at national wedding fairs at Earl’s Court and the NEC. As a Diocese we now have a Diocese of Derby Wedding Stand that we can take to commercial wedding fairs around Derby.
As part of a team you would attend a number of these fairs with the Diocesan stand in order to promote church as a realistic venue for weddings of couples who want something ‘special’ or ‘proper’ … and dispel some of the myths!
Hosting a Wedding Fair
A number of parish churches have expressed an interest in hosting a wedding fair. The Wirksworth Team did so a few years ago, and St. Peter’s Church, Derby city centre hosted their first fair in October and have a second planned for March 2014.
There is a growing pool of advice and support available but it needs to be stressed that it is extremely hard work!