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High Mass

   

The Principal Service of the Week.
  

Choral Evensong

  

The heartbeat of our daily worship.
 

Daily Mass

 

The daily offering of Holy Communion.
 

Compline

 

The Quiet at the end of the Week.
 

Baptisms

 

Welcoming you into the Church.
 

Weddings

 

Hold your special day here at All Saints.
 

Funerals

 

Remembering those we have lost.
 

Civic Services

 

For the Borough and County.

    
    

Your Wedding at All Saints …

The Parish Priest and community of All Saints will welcome you and encourage you in your marriage preparation to ensure it will be a special day for you and your guests.

At All Saints we are pleased to welcome couples who are in different stages in their lives. Whether you are just beginning your lives together, or have been together for many years and have already started a family, you will receive the right advice and preparation in helping you organise your wedding day.

The Formal Process
 

You are entitled by law to a first marriage in your parish church; this is true regardless of your own beliefs, lifestyle, or whether you regularly go to church. If you are uncertain what parish you live in, try www.achurchnearyou.co.uk, where you can enter your postal code and find the answer. (A “parish” in the Church of England is a geographical designation. It doesn’t always mean the church closest to your house, and it doesn’t necessarily mean where you go to church.)

If you don’t live in this parish but have reason to want to be married in All Saints, there are some possibilities to explore. You are entitled to be married here if any of these circumstances apply:
 

At any time in the past you or your partner lived in this parish for at least six months.

One of you was baptised in All Saints.

One of your parents during your lifetime worshipped in All Saints at any time in the past for six months.

One set of parents or grandparents was married in All Saints.

If you cannot establish any of these “connections” you are also entitled to be married here if you are on the electoral roll of the parish. To join the electoral roll you must be baptised, and you must sign a statement that for the six months past All Saints has been your regular place of worship. Don’t hesitate to ask for further information about this if you have questions about it.

If you are a foreign national and wish to be married in All Saints please get in contact so that we can establish whether you can legally be married here. This process is more complex and the best advice is to allow plenty of time and be patient!

When you come to see the Parish Priest, he will need to see two forms of identification for both of you: a picture ID (to establish your identity) and a current utility bill (to establish where you live). He will ask you to fill in a short form with your full names, addresses, dates of birth, and your fathers’ names (whether living or deceased) and their customary occupation. This form will allow Banns of Marriage to be read in the church for you.

Banns are the usual way that your freedom to marry is established. On three successive Sundays your names will be read out and those present will be asked if they “know any reason why you may not be married”. If no one objects after those three readings of the banns you are deemed to be free to marry and a certificate to that effect can be issued. (If you do not live in the parish of All Saints but wish to be married here you will need to have your banns called both in All Saints and in the parish where you live. You will need to contact the parish priest of that parish to arrange for this to be done. There is a fee for this, set by law, which you will pay directly to that parish. You will then need to bring the certificate to xyz or to the priest who is to officiate at your ceremony.) There is no requirement in law that you be present in church when your banns are read, though most couples like to do so at least once. (The banns certificate is valid for a period of three months, so you will want to arrange to have them called relatively close to the date of your wedding.)

The Wedding Ceremony

Weddings in All Saints are usually conducted using the Book of Common Prayer. It is possible to add other materials to the service, and the Parish Priest will be glad to discuss this with you.

At least one lesson from the Bible is read during the service. This can be read by the officiating priest, or by someone else chosen by you. You are free to choose the lesson to be read, but here are some suggestions; reading through these together may give you some idea of the breadth of the Church’s teaching about marriage:

www.biblegateway.com 

Music at the Ceremony

Most Weddings at All Saints utilise the internationally renowned choirs; it is possible to book either the boys’ choir or the girls’ choir for the Ceremony. The choirs sing as many as seven services each week, and have recorded eight commercial albums in the last decade.

Usually one or two hymns are sung by the congregation during the service. Here are some suggestions, all of which are found in the New English Hymnal, copies of which are available in the church:
 

239

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy

339

Be thou my vision

368

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

393

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

408

Love divine, all loves excelling

413

Now thank we all our God

427

O praise ye the Lord

436

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

437

Praise the Lord, ye heavens, adore him

440

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

488

And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem)

No pre-recorded music may be used in services at All Saints.

A wedding peal of bells can be rung at the close of your service if it is possible for us to arrange for sufficient ringers. Early booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Your Order of Service

An attractive keepsake service sheet can be printed at All Saints for you at minimal cost, including the texts of the hymns to be sung. (This is necessary if you choose hymns for your service which aren’t included in the New English Hymnal.) We need to have all copy to be included in the service sheet no less than two weeks before your wedding. If you prefer to print service sheets yourselves, you must bring a proof copy to the office at All Saints at least two weeks prior to your service before copies are printed.

Video Recording & Photography

You are welcome to have your wedding service videotaped, and photographers are welcome to take photos during the ceremony. It is not legal to photograph the signing of registers, but after the signing is concluded you can ‘pose’ signing and photographs can be taken. Please do consult with the parish priest about photography. We will make every effort to co-operate with your chosen photographers! Group photographs can be posed inside or outside following the ceremony, though if another wedding is to follow yours we will appreciate your consideration of their needs as well.

Flowers

An arrangement of flowers will stand at the altar every weekend except during the seasons of Advent and Lent when no flowers are permitted in the church; generally the predominating colour of the altar flowers is white. Special requests can be discussed with the flower coordinator. Unfortunately we do not have staff to undertake pedestal arrangements or more elaborate floral programmes, but you can engage a florist for this work. Plans should be discussed with the Parish Priest.

What to do next ...

Contact the Parish Secretary, Margaret White, on secretary@allsaintsnorthampton.co.uk or call the Parish Office on (01604) 632845.
 



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