We are delighted to encourage people to marry in church. You do not have to be regular members of this church, nor even members of the Church of England, to qualify to be married in church.
There are some rules, however!
You are entitled to marry at St John’s if one of you live in the parish. You can find out if you do – or else, which is your local church, by entering your postcode at this site. If not, you are still entitled to marry here if you fulfil one of these criteria:
One of you:
- has at any time lived in this parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- was baptised in this parish or
- has at any time regularly worshipped at main services here for at least 6 months.
Or, one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in this parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- has regularly worshipped at main services here for at least 6 months.
Or, one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in St John on Bethnal Green, or one of the now demolished/redundant churches that has become part of this parish.
If one of you holds a non-European Union passport, or if one of you is divorced, there is not an automatic entitlement, but we would want to meet you to discuss your situation.
Sadly, we are unable to marry same-sex couples in church.
To discuss any of this, or to complete an application form, you can speak to a member of the clergy in church any Saturday between 10 and 11am or contact Fr Alan Green on 020 8980 1742 or send an email.
There is a wealth of further information about every aspect of a Church of England marriage here