Weddings in church are once again able to go ahead and we are ready to welcome you to St James.
It’s great that you are thinking about getting married in church: we believe God has given human beings the gift of marriage so that a man and a woman can be united physically, mentally and spiritually. One author says this: “God’s mathematics are strange and beautiful, because when it comes to marriage (and sex for that matter), one plus one equals one:
‘A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.’ – The Bible book of Genesis, chapter 2, verse 24.” 
Marriage provides a safe, stable environment for real enjoyment and commitment to each other and to children, if and when they come along. So as a church, we very much want to encourage you in your wish to get married in church.
There are some legal considerations we have to mention, if you are to be married at St James’s, Bramley:
- You need to be living in the parish of Bramley itself, or at least to have lived here for at least 6 months at some time in the past, or to have parents living in Bramley (there are also several other possible “qualifying connections”, e.g. being baptised in St James).
- If you live somewhere else, and don’t qualify on any other grounds, you need to attend St James’s on a regular basis (say, at least twice a month) for a period of at least 6 months and to join the electoral roll, the list of members of the church.
If either of you have been married before, this is not a barrier to a church marriage and will need to be discussed with the Vicar.
We also offer a service of prayer and dedication for those brides and grooms who are married in a civil ceremony at the Registry Office.
We will help to prepare you for your wedding and for the years of marriage that lie ahead of you and of course you will get lots of help in putting together your wedding service and choosing hymns and readings for it.
Please do get in touch by phoning Steve Day on 07341 552732 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can complete the information on the link below and submit it to us, then we can contact you to discuss.
 If you could ask God one question, by Paul Williams and Barry Cooper, The Good Book Company, 2011