Blessing

Many people who have a civil wedding feel they would like to dedicate their marriage to God in church soon afterwards.  St John’s conducts Blessings of the Marriage ceremonies.

It is a simple service, open to anyone. The words of the service acknowledge the commitment you have already made and ask for God’s blessing and guidance in your new life together. Because it is not a marriage service, banns are not required, there is no exchange of rings and there is no signing of the Register.

1. WHO CAN BE BLESSED AT ST JOHN’S?

St. John’s has an open policy in regard to marriage and blessing.
You do not need to live in the parish area.
You do not need to be a member of our church or another.

2. FIRST CONTACT

Couples desiring to be blessed at St John’s should contact the parish office to check that the time and date desired are available. At this point a tentative booking may be made, although this will not be confirmed until a deposit of $250 has been paid.

3. CELEBRANT

All ordained ministers of our church undergo extensive training, and by virtue of what they do on a daily basis, develop highly professional skills in leading services, addressing gatherings of people, and in public speaking.  At most blessing ceremonies at St John’s the celebrant will be the church rector, Father Keith Dalby.

4. DAYS AND TIMES

A booking for a Wedding Blessing ceremony may be taken by phone, or other forms of communication, and confirmed at any time. The next step will be the first meeting,  which is with the Rector of St John’s, Father Keith Dalby, who is celebrant at most blessing ceremonies in our church.

5. MUSIC

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6. THE REHEARSAL

The rehearsal normally takes place during the week prior to the ceremony. Typically the rehearsal will take between 30 and 60 minutes. The main purposes of the rehearsal are to practise the entry of the bride and her attendants into the church, and to give the bride and the groom some practical instructions about where things happen and how the service proceeds. The time and date of the rehearsal is arranged in consultation with the celebrant through the parish office.

7. CONFETTI

Confetti or rice are prohibited as they constitute either littering,  (Confetti) or a trip or slip hazard (Rice). Biodegradable matter only (i.e. rose petals and potpourri) may be thrown in the church grounds, or you may distribute bubbles which can be blown both inside and outside the church.

8. PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS

The church has no objection to professional photographers taking photographs of the service nor to the ceremony being filmed by a videographer arranged by the couple.

It is important that the photographer and / or videographer introduce themselves to the clergy before the service begins for a comprehensive briefing on church etiquette.

Permission to record the music of the service should be sought from your musician(s), if any.

9. FEES AND PAYMENT

The fees are made up of two components:

(i) A non-refundable deposit of $250 which must be paid to confirm a booking.

(ii) The blessing fees.

A fee of $700, which includes the organist, clergy and the church, or $300 (not including organ or flowers), applies.

A deposit of $250 is required at the time of booking.