St Thomas’ Church is a very beautiful setting for a wedding and we very much hope that we can make it possible for you to be married here and help you to plan your special day.
Planning a wedding is an exciting time, and there is a great deal to think about. Whatever stage you are at, we want to help and support you.
If you live in Winchelsea or Winchelsea Beach, then this is your Church and there should be no difficulty in organising a date for your wedding. It’s always best to plan as far ahead as you can and book a date early, because weekends can be busy, particularly in the summer months. Similarly, if you live in another parish, but want to marry here, we will do all we can to make that possible and enable you to meet what are known as qualifying connections.
In every case, the first step is to call and arrange a meeting with the Rector, who will go through the requirements with you, some of which, such as the readings of banns, are legal requirements. However, within this legal framework and the practical facilities of the Church itself, this is your day and we will do all we can to tailor it to your requirements. If you have been married before, with a spouse still living, a wedding in Church may still be possible, but early discussion with the Rector is essential. You will be aware that the CofE has not yet approved the marriage of people of the same sex in its Churches.
But the first thing is to come and see the Rector who will advise you on the next stages and will take you through the many things that you will obviously be thinking about when planning your big day.
There is a very good website – yourchurchwedding.org produced by the Church of England and this will give you a lot of help and suggestions.
We very much hope that we can welcome you and your family and friends to St Thomas’ for your special day.
Canon Robin Whitehead retired in February 2017. While we wait for the appointment of a new Rector your enquiries will be dealt with by the Churchwardens.Email us a question