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Thinking of getting married?

I, N , take you, N, to be my husband/wife,
to have and to hold from this day forward;
for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish,
as long as we both shall live,
according to the will and purpose of God.
In the presence of God I make this vow.

A welcome from Rev Adam Pawley, the Rector:

If you are looking at this page with a view to soon getting married – firstly – congratulations to you both on your engagement! Secondly – thank you for considering one of our churches for your wedding venue. In Church we recognise marriage to be a holy, sacred and lifelong event. We would therefore be delighted to host your wedding service and invite God’s blessing on your married life together.

In Hope and Emmanuel Churches we endeavour to offer couples wishing to be married here a comprehensive ‘wedding package’, including marriage preparation and assistance with your service planning. We will do our very best to give you the traditional church wedding service that you no doubt would like; but also you are invited to input into the service content yourself. We want your wedding day to be your own and we will do our best to give you happy and unique memories that you can treasure in your lifetime together.

The below information will hopefully answer some of your initial questions, but to make further enquiries, request a copy of our wedding pack or make a marriage application you will find my contact details at the bottom of this page.

Not least if you would like to be married here then we appreciate that you will want to finalise a date as quickly as possible – we will do our best to help make this happen.

With thanks and our prayers,
Adam and all at Hope & Emmanuel Churches


The Parish Church of Ss Cynfarch & Cyngar (better known in the village as “Hope Parish Church”) is by all means our most popular venue. It is an attractive Grade 1 listed building, kept in excellent condition that includes a decorative interior, an excellent organ and six church bells. The church can host up to 240 guests.

Emmanuel Church in Penyffordd is arguably our hidden secret for weddings. Being a 1959 build not everyone assumes it is licensed for weddings, but it is! Plus in October 2011 an extension and full refurbishment was completed meaning it now has a very clean, fresh and modern feel. It is a smaller, more intimate setting that can seat up to 60 guests.

You are welcome to view both our churches. Please do join us for Sunday worship. Additionally the Parish Church has an open doors policy and is open every day Monday to Saturday from dawn to dusk, so feel free to pull up in the car park and pop in at a time convenient to you. We also host a coffee afternoon every Thursday from 12:30pm-3pm in the church hall. You will be very welcome to join us. Emmanuel Church, Penyffordd also hosts a coffee morning every Tuesday from 10:30am-11:30am. You are very welcome to join us here too. Alternatively Emmanuel Church can be viewed upon request. Please contact our churchwarden Mrs Jane Kirkham on 01978 761458 who will gladly show you around.

Do I qualify to be married in Hope or Emmanuel Churches?
Today it is easier to be married in church than ever before.
If the bride and groom are both British, single, aged 18+ and resident in the Borderlands Mission Area* then provided we have your choice of wedding date available, your marriage application can even be accepted immediately.

If you have been married before (more information below) then you may still qualify to be married in church; as too can non-British/EU nationals. You should contact Adam directly to discuss your individual circumstances.

Qualifying Connections
In 2010, UK law introduced the ‘qualifying connections’ rule to churches meaning that you may now be married in one of our churches not only if you live in the ‘parish’ but if one of you satisfies one of the following requirements:
1. You live in the ‘Borderlands Mission Area’ (see * above)
2. You have lived in Borderlands Mission Area for more than six months
3. Your parents have lived in the Mission Area for more than six months
4. You were Baptised (Christened) or Confirmed in the Mission Area
5. You were confirmed outside of the Mission Area but were prepared for Confirmation by a church within the Mission Area
6. Your parents or grandparents were married in the Mission Area
7. You attend church regularly for 6 months

Getting married in church after divorce
Re-marriages in church are possible depending on your circumstances. Adam will need to talk to couples about this. Please bear in mind he is expected to follow The Church In Wales and St Asaph Diocese guidelines and if necessary consult with the Bishop when making his decision.

How much does it cost?
The basic cost for a wedding in Hope or Emmanuel in 2017 is £564*.
This includes
• Use of the church
• Your officiating minister (usually Adam)
• An organist
• A verger (someone to help set up and tidy up the church and be a general all-round helping hand)
• Your marriage certificate
• The reading of your banns of marriage

Plus we can offer you the following optional extras:
• Church Bells £130 (half an hour before the service and again afterwards)
• Choir £84 (extra support for hymn singing and during signing of the registers)
• Permission to Video £70
• Duplicate marriage certificate £10 *Fees are reviewed by The Church In Wales on an annual basis. For example, when booking a wedding for (say) 2018 or 2019 they are likely to be slightly higher than in 2017.

Contact Us
To ask further questions, request a ‘wedding information pack’ or make a marriage application then please do get in touch with Adam directly. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Rev Adam Pawley, Rector
01978 760439
or info@hopeparishflintshire.org.uk

In the presence of God, and before this congregation,
N and N have given their consent and made their
marriage vows to one another.
They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands
and by the giving and receiving of rings.
I proclaim that they are therefore husband and wife.

Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.