What is marriage in the Anglican Church?
Our church holds to the classic biblical understanding taught by Jesus that marriage is lifelong union between a man and woman. It is a symbol of God's love for his people, and of the union between Christ and his Church. It is a gift from God for human wellbeing, and for the proper expression of natural instincts and affections with which he has endowed us. In marriage a new family is established so that children may be born and nurtured in secure and loving care. Under Australian law, religious celebrants can only conduct weddings according to the rites of their religion. In the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Sydney there are no rites for a same-sex wedding, so our ministers could not conduct such a wedding.
What kind of marriage preparation is required?
To help you prepare for you marriage we get all couples married at St Martin's to undergo some form of Pre-Marriage education. This is most often, undertaking the Prepare course. You will also meet with the minister who will conduct your wedding.
Can we "bring our own" celebrant/minister?
All weddings conducted at St Martin's will be officiated at by one of the Ministers at St Martin's according to the rites of the Anglican church. Other Christian ministers may be involved at the discretion of the Rector.
Do you have to be Anglican, Christian or baptised?
No, there is no requirement. Often though this is a time when couples re-assess their Spiritual life together and we will be pleased to encourage you to take the next step that is appropriate for you in your spiritual journey.
Do you marry divorced persons?
Yes it is possible with the permission of the bishop. We seek to be as compassionate and helpful as possible. A preliminary appointment with the minister enables us to understand the circumstances and see if we able to proceed. From there we are able to tailor your preparation appropriately.
How many does the church seat?
St Martins comfortably seats 250-275 people and is ideal for both small and large weddings. However, due to Covid19 restrictions that apply when applicable, the church can accomodate 90 persons based on the 4m2 rule and 180 persons based on the 2m2 rule. This excludes the Minister and any paid staff. Attending a Sunday or Wednesday service will give you an idea of the space and feel of our beautiful church.
Church music and bells
We have an organist available to play at your wedding. If you wish to organise your own musicians or band please discuss this with the minister at the first interview. We have a single bell that may be rung on your arrival and exit.
Due to the Covid19 restrictions, there will be no singing in church by the congregation, until further notice. (possibly till 1 Dec'21)
You may have a soloist or play any music through our sound desk.
Do you have facilities for refreshments after the wedding?
Due to the Covid19 restrictions, serving of food and drinks are not allowed at this stage. Contact the office for more details.