Why get married in church?

A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of your love and commitment for each other.

When you choose to get married in church, there is an added dimension – you are also declaring your love and commitment to God and inviting Him to bless your marriage and be part of your relationship.  Including God in your marriage doesn’t mean that you will avoid all the usual ups and downs, but you will know that you can look to God for help and guidance and that His love will sustain you.  You will also have the support and encouragement of the Christian Church family.

What do Christians believe about marriage?

Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God.  In the marriage ceremony, a couple make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love each other, come what may.

The Bible compares married love with the love Jesus has for his followers. He expressed his love by being prepared to sacrifice himself, even to die for the people he loved.  This is amazing, unconditional love. Jesus never said “I love you, but..”.  In our marriages we can try to follow his example by loving our partners in this self-sacrificial way and putting their needs before our own. No one says it’s going to be easy!

The marriage ceremony gives you a new legal status as husband and wife and a new stability within which your relationship can flourish and grow.  Christians believe that marriage offers the right place for the fulfillment of our sexuality and that it provides a stable and secure environment for bringing up children.