St Mary’s Church in Edwinstowe
St Mary’s Church is a beautiful and ancient place of worship in the heart of Sherwood Forest. It is visited by hundreds of tourists annually, who come to see the church where, according to legend, Robin Hood and Maid Marian were married! The building dates from around 1175, and is still used daily as a place of prayer and worship. Edwinstowe is a busy village of around 5000 people, with many community organisations and village events. It has a strong mining history, with the now closed Thoresby Colliery on the outskirts of the village. St MAry’s Church is often open during the summer months, but visitors are advised to phone (01623 822430) in advance if they are coming some distance.
It gives us great pleasure to support couples in making the big commitment of getting married! If you are considering getting married at St Mary’s Church, the first step is to contact our Parish office who will arrange for a Vicar to see you and make firm arrangements. See contacts. A wedding is one day – a marriage is a lifetime You have probably already spent many hours planning your wedding. There are so many things to think about – the dress, the cake, whom to invite, the honeymoon. All of these are important, but the wedding is just one day, while marriage should last for the rest of your lives. Alongside the wedding preparations it is also important to spend time as a couple talking through your expectations of marriage. However much you think you have in common, you are still two separate individuals with different backgrounds, personalities, experiences, hopes and fears. All those who are getting married at St Mary’s are invited to attend a Marriage Preparation Session. This is done over lunch which is provided; we look at important issues to do with marriage itself and practical ones like music, the format of the service and so on. The session is light-hearted, non-threatening and user-friendly ( we hope!), and couples seem to enjoy it and find it helpful.
Who can be married at St Mary’s Church?
The law established the right for a couple to marry in the parish church where one or both of them live, whether they are baptised or not, and whether they are churchgoers are not. Today an engaged couple may also be married at St Mary’s if just one of these applies:
- One of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
- One of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more;
- One of them has at any time habitually attended normal church services in the parish for six months or more;
- One of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child’s lifetime;
- One of their parents has habitually attended public worship there for six months or more in their child’s lifetime;
- One or more of their parents or grandparents were married in the parish;
- One or both of them is on the Electoral Roll of the parish church;
- They have been granted a Special Licence.
For more about weddings in the Church of England, go to http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/
Planning a Christian funeral is never an easy thing to do. Saying goodbye to a loved one is often difficult. People grieve in different ways. People also want to give thanks, but again in a variety of ways. We are here to help, both in preparing the service with you, and with any support and prayer we can offer.
At St Maery’s Church we have a Friendship And Bereavement (FAB) group who meet socially once a month. They enjoy the company of others while having a meal, an outing or just over a coffee in the Church Rooms – for more information contact the church office at email@example.com or call 01623 822430.
We also have a memorial book where your loved ones name can be scribed for a minimal fee of £25. You can download a form here and email it back or post it to the church office. Those who have died are remembered in church at services near to the funeral and relatives prayed for. Once a year, near to All Souls – tide (usually the first Sunday in November) we hold a Remembering Service to which you are invited.