We believe that Christian marriage is just one part of a whole life of Christian discipleship and following Jesus.
More than just an expression of two peoples’ love for one another, we believe that marriage is a means of God’s grace in which the spiritual lives and characters of those called to be married are shaped by the joys and trials of lifelong, life-giving, selfless love centered around Jesus Christ. We also believe that marriage is something which ought to be entered into with prayerful discernment, and sober preparation.
For a couple to be eligible to be married at St.Paul’s, the following requirements must be fulfilled:
- At least one member of the couple must be a baptized Christian
- Both members of the couple must be active participants in and contributors to the life and mission of St.Paul’s Anglican Church, Hampton for a minimum of one year before they begin the marriage preparation process
- Both members of the couple must also complete the Alpha Course and the Marriage Course or Marriage Preparation Course
- The couple must meet with the incumbent (pastor) of St.Paul’s for a minimum of 3 marriage preparation sessions with the understanding that at any point in the process the incumbent reserves the right to decline the couple’s request to be married at St.Paul’s
We believe that it is Christ’s living presence in the life of a couple and their mutual submission to his loving guidance and power which sets Christian marriages apart. We are convinced, therefore, that the most effective thing we can do to support marriages is to point to Jesus Christ and to help couples grow in their relationship with him first and foremost.