We, at the Scottish Episcopal Church in Monklands are delighted for any couple who are planning to make the lifetime commitment to each other in marriage and we welcome them. But, THE FIRST THING you need to do is get in touch with the rector, to express your desire. This is a small but very pretty church and it means planning ahead to get the space and time you would like.
So please do contact the rector and have that conversation about what kind of wedding you are looking for and get the all-important time booked in.
If you can, please try not to book a wedding reception venue until you know whether the church and the rector are available.
People sometimes ask whether they can get married in church if they have been married before. The short answer is that a proportion of the people who get married in the Scottish Episcopal Church have been married before.
The rector can marry couples where one or both have been married before provided the bishop consents. The rector, will be very happy to speak you about this.
Weddings in the Scottish Episcopal Church tend not to be just done off the peg but are tailored to the pastoral need of couple who are getting married. For example, if the couple are parents, there may well be creative ways of involving the children on the big day.
The couple themselves should expect to have a significant involvement in planning the service, including choosing which prayers, readings and vows are used.
No-one can get married in Scotland without dealing with the local Registrar. On the day of the wedding a couple need to produce a Marriage Schedule from the Registrar Service which is run by the local council.
Following a change in the canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church same sex marriages may be conducted in church. Following on from this, after prayerful consideration and in response to pastoral need, we took the decision to enter into this facility.
During the course of the service, the schedule will be completed by the rector and this then needs to be returned to the Registrar’s Office within three days.
Every joy and blessing to you as you prepare for this great new step on the journey together.
Some questions you may be thinking about:
Do I have to go to church to have my wedding at St Paul and St John the Evangelist?
No, every couple will be responded to based on pastoral need.
Can I have music?
Yes. We have a very fine Brindley & Foster organ, which is the only one of its kind in Scotland. We welcome any member of the Scottish federation of organists or it’s affiliated bodies to play. There will generally be an additional fee for this, currently set by the Federation of Scottish Organists at £60.00. However video is an extra expense either personal or professional and you will need to discuss this with the rector.
How much does it cost?
Generally the wedding fee is £424.00, however there are significant reductions for those in special need and on low income. You will need to discuss this with the rector.
Where can I get more information?
This leaflet produced by The National Records of Scotland’s Marriage and Civil Partnership section should answer all your questions. But please to also talk to the rector