How to make the most of a couple's big day
The Church Weddings Handbook: The Seven Pastoral Moments That Matter has recenty been published nationally.
Telling the story of the Weddings Project, it is full of resources as well as relevant information. Seven sections outline the seven key opportunities the Church has to build relationships with marrying couples over the two-and-a-half year period between engagement and first anniversary: The First Call, The First Meeting, Space to Think, Reading the Banns, The Big Day, The Warm Glow, First Anniversary.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in his preface to the book refers to the project as “dynamite” and says: “Gillian Oliver and her team have been on tour conducting roadshows to share the findings of the project throughout the Dioceses of the Church of England. Clergy who have been to these have felt affirmed, challenged, informed, and inspired to go out and put these ideas into practice.…This book makes me profoundly hopeful.”
The book also offers a simple guide to marriage law and the Marriage Measure, explains wedding fees, provides simple checklists, and a run through of newly available resources, including the popular website www.yourchurchwedding.org.
Published by Church House Publishing, the Church Weddings Handbook: The Seven Pastoral Moments that Matter by Gillian Oliver is available in paperback (ISBN 978 0 7151 4278 5, £12.99) from http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/product.asp?id=2398029 and from all good booksellers.
A Kindle e-book is also available.
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