Is your church making the most of weddings?
This book is for anyone in parishes that would like to develop their ministry to wedding couples.
Drawing on many years' experience as a parish priest as well as 'good ideas' used by parishes throughout the UK, Andrew Body offers advice and practical wisdom on how churches can:
promote their church as an attractive wedding venue;
make positive initial contacts with wedding couples;
help couples organize the service (including understanding the legal requirements);
offer good marriage preparation and support the couple in the build-up to the big day;
take the service well;
ensure the wedding couples are not forgotten after the day itself.
Andrew Body is a Church of England clergyman and a founder trustee of FLAME (Family Life and Marriage Education). He was a counsellor for Relate for 30 years. Andrew has been married to Pippa for more than half a lifetime and they have four children. Andrew and Pippa are the compilers of "Pocket Prayers for Marriage" and Andrew is also the author of "Growing Together" (Church House Publishing).
Foreward by the Bishop of Hereford Introduction 1 - Opportunties and attitudes: making the most of weddings 2 - Selling the product: having confidence in what we do 3 - The church that wants to say Yes: giving a postive message 4 - Towards the marriage: marriage preparation and wedding preparation 5 - Towards the wedding: practical issues 6 - The day itself: making things run smoothly 7 - Doing the service well: 'The service was wonderful, Vicar!' 8 - And afterwards: getting the follow-up right 9 - New opportunities: two case studies 10 - Radical alternatives: weddings economic, green and ethical Appendix 1 - Leading people through the service Appendix 2 - A wedding service worksheet Appendix 3 - Ideas for weddings on a budget Resources list