Brides & Grooms – A service of celebration
“It takes years to marry completely two hearts, even of the most loving and well assorted. A happy wedlock is a long falling in love.” – Theodore Parker
All are warmly invited to attend a special service celebrating marriage at 5:30pm on Sunday 3rd July in St Bride’s Church, which has sanctified marriages for 1500 years.
We aim to welcome back as many of our past wedding couples as possible – whether they were married here recently, or have celebrated dozens of anniversaries – for a special service followed by a celebratory drink in the Rectory garden.
We are delighted to announce that Canon David Meara and, hopefully, Canon John Oates will be in attendance. Together with the current Rector, Canon Alison Joyce, this spans four decades of marriage and blessing services at St Bride’s.
This is also an opportunity to remember and reflect for those whose spouses have died or whose marriages have not stood the test of time.
The service will include hymns, readings and choral music from our wonderful St Bride’s Choir on the theme of marriage. There will also be a congregational prayer as an Act of Renewal, celebrating the blessings marriage has brought us and asking for forgiveness for the times when we have fallen short of our vows.
We first held this service in 2019 and it was a great success. This has been our first opportunity to repeat the event since the pandemic.
It would help us immensely with our planning if you could kindly let the office know if you are able to come – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7427 0133. A crèche room will be available for any who wish to bring small children.
EV’N like two little bank-dividing brooks,
That wash the pebbles with their wanton streams,
And having rang’d and search’d a thousand nooks,
Meet both at length in silver-breasted Thames,
Where in a greater current they conjoyn:
So I my best-beloved’s am; so he is mine.
– Francis Quarles
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