To arrange a wedding we ask that you visit the Church Officeand fill in a fairly
simple application form. If that is difficult, or if there are issues you need to
discuss (see below for some common queries), please contact the Vicar (tele 0191
410 2115 or email
We are also happy to discuss the Blessing of a Civil Marriage which has been conducted
at a Registry Office or other venue, as well as Services of Thanksgiving, Blessing
of replacement rings or renewal of vows at a significant anniversary.
If one (or both) of you live in the Parish, arranging your wedding here should be
straightforward. However we are governed by legal and Church regulations and some
situations, although not normally a problem, may require further discussion. The
sooner you contact us the sooner any potential problems can be looked at and hopefully
solved, and, please, stay in touch.
Some common questions:
Getting married at another Church:
If either (or both) of you live in Birtley but wish to marry at a Church in another
Parish, you need to contact St Johns about a legal requirement called ‘Banns of Marriage’,
which is normally required.
If required ‘Banns’ must be read publicly in Church on 3 weekly occasions and you
will need a certificate to prove this.
The minister of your other Church should advise you on this as well, but any doubts
please contact the Vicar, the earlier the better - no certificate and the marriage
may not be able to take place as planned - better safe than sorry.
Want to marry at St Johns but live elsewhere:
If one of you lives elsewhere you will need to contact the Church in their Parish
about having Banns read there.
If neither of you live in Birtley but you have a particular reason for wanting to
marry at St Johns (eg lived in Birtley but recently moved away, strong family ties
with Birtley or St Johns), the regulations have recently been relaxed on this situation
(subject to certain conditions), so again contact the Vicar for a chat and to see
what we can do.
The Church of England now permits the re-marriage of divorced people in Church (subject
to certain conditions), so divorce does not automatically bar someone. However, there
are additional procedures we are required to follow, so it is important that you
contact the Vicar at an early stage.
We must stress that marriage is a legal process and the Church is bound by laws.
It is important, and strongly advised, that you contact the Church as early as possible
in your planning and keep us informed of changes - particularly addresses or phone
numbers. This should ensure that everything is completed correctly and in good time,
and avoid any complications or disappointments later on.