Marriage

Marriage is a wonderful gift of God that serves not only to unite a man and a woman in a covenant of love but also to be a dynamic model of the love of Christ Jesus for his people. With such an emphasis we take marriage very seriously at St. John’s. Your wedding day is a special event in your life — but it is only the beginning of a lifetime of learning to love each other in keeping with Christ’s example.

It is our normal practice to marry people who are part of our worshipping community.  The clergy and staff would be pleased to meet with you in order to explore how we might help prepare you not just for a wedding but for marriage. The information here will answer some of the questions you may have but to learn more, you’ll need to set up an appointment The Rev Anne Crosthwait (acrosthwait@sjym.ca, 416-225-6611 x 226).

Getting married at St. John’s

At St. John’s we are committed to ensuring the care of all our married couples. We are prepared to invest time and energy in every wedding we do. Of course, our resources are not unlimited. For this reason, we only perform weddings for members of our own parish or, in the case of couples who live in another city, who are active members of another local church.

A member of St. John’s is defined as someone who seeks to follow Christ, regularly attends services here and supports the ongoing ministry of this church.  If you’re not a member currently but are interested in becoming one we warmly invite you to join us for Sunday worship and speak to our greeters or clergy.

In order to be married in the Anglican Church at least one partner must be a baptized Christian (of any denomination) and the intention of the couple must be for a lifelong relationship of mutual faithfulness.

We don’t normally rent our facility to other denominations. If you wish to do so, you need to speak to the clergy.

Initial Application

Getting Started If you are interested in being married at St. John’s, you need to obtain an Application for Marriage Preparation, complete it and then submit it to the church office. We will tentatively reserve space in the church, pending review of your application.  Your wedding ceremony is not confirmed until you received a confirmation outlining planning details.

Marriage Preparation The priest who will preside at your wedding will meet with you a few times in the weeks leading up to your wedding. In addition, we require that couples take a marriage preparation course that covers both foundational and practical topics on marriage. Participants have found the course to be an important and worthwhile part of the preparation for their wedding day and for their lives together in marriage.

Wedding Arrangements

Music Our director of music will assist you in choosing music that will enhance your wedding day. Our soloists can also be a wonderful part of the worship service. Our clergy will help you sort out all the details important to your ceremony, including receiving your marriage licence and preparing the printed order of service.

Flowers and Decorations Our Chancel Guild will discuss with you decorations for the church. Any decisions regarding pew decorations, wedding candles, flowers or runners will be made in consultation with them. We do not use confetti or rice within our building.

Photography As a wedding service is a worship service there is no flash photography permitted. A stationary video-taping station may be set up and/or a discreet photographer for the moments of entry, signing and recession.

Guests Our worship space holds 400 guests. The Garnsworthy Room adjacent to the sanctuary and our lower level auditorium are available for receptions. In the warm weather our foyer, patio and lawn are also available for a reception.

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