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Marriage Preparation Day

Saturday 31 January 2004

St Nicolas' and St Mary's Churches

On this Saturday we held a Marriage Preparation Day for couples who have booked to be married at St Mary's in 2004. Altogether 18 couples came.

Pictures of the couples taken during the 11:00 slot


Here is a brief resumé of the Programme for the day.
10:00  Arrive & Coffee
10:15 Welcome & outline of programme
  Introduce clergy to all
10:30   couples & clergy meet together
   - introduce each other etc!
  Why a church wedding? 
11:00  Promises & Commitment
  - excerpts from DVD of a wedding at St Mary's last year
  Introduction of a married couple (this year Wendy & David Price) to discuss commitment, overcoming difficulties, growing in a relationship, children, work, finance tensions, etc.
12:00 "Mr & Mrs" - How well do you know each other?
  An initially light-hearted approach to introduce in-depth questions for the couple to ask themselves later at home.
  Time for questons and discussion
12:30 lunch with wine
13:15- 14:00  Practical details about the Service
14:30  Meet in St Mary's
  Introduction to the layout of the church building
  Looking at the Registers
  Talk - what to do about Flowers
  Choosing the music -  meet the Director of Music
  Listening to excerpts of music from the organ 
15:15  Short Service to ask God's blessing on all that we have talked about
  Couples then arrange with the priest their next individual meeting and depart.


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