Manchester Diocese is participating in the Church of England’s Weddings Project, which aims to attract more couples to marry in church, build a good relationship with them and care for them beyond the marriage ceremony.
Building on the introduction of the Marriage Measure, the Weddings Project was commissioned by the Archbishops' Council and has been tried and tested in the dioceses of Bradford and Oxford. It has developed resources to support the Church’s ministry to couples marrying in church.
Manchester has now joined the Project. We will receive an ‘Investor in Weddings’ mark as a sign that we are is focused on this area of ministry for mission.
Manchester clergy will receive extra training and resources to help them provide the best possible ministry to marriage couples, from the very first contact, through marriage preparation and planning the big day, right through to the marriage ceremony and beyond to celebrating the first anniversary.
The aims of the project are to help attract couples to marriage in church, build a relationship with them and care for them and their guests so that:
The resources will help busy clergy make weddings personal and memorable for those involved, and resource them to reach out to the community beyond the wedding day.
Every wedding conducted in the diocese over the next year will be able to make use of the Weddings Project resources. Special packs have been developed that can be handed out to couples. There is more information for clergy at www.yourchurchwedding.org/project.
Various resources are available for use by parishes. Preview them here.
Order resources by contacting Helen Fallone on 0161 828 1411.
The diocese participates at the UK Wedding Show every year in Manchester and at some local wedding fairs. Members of Manchester Mothers' Union and clergy work together at the fairs to pray with couples, offer advice about planning a church wedding and help couples make contact with their local parish.