God is love, and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4:16
Yarra Valley Anglican Church believes marriage is a gift of God our creator. It is a symbol of God’s unending love for his people, and of the union between Christ and his Church. Christ loved his bride the Church, and gave himself for her.
If you are seeking a Traditional Christian Wedding in the beautiful Yarra Valley, we are here to help! Reverend Matt Smith, our Parish Minister, is an authorized religious celebrant, licensed to perform weddings according to the Rites of the Anglican Church of Australia.
A Traditional Christian Service may be celebrated at one of the many local wedding venues in the Yarra Valley. Alternatively, we can host the service in one of our churches: St Paul’s in Yarra Glen and St John’s in Healesville. Only the ordained Anglican minister of the parish is pre-authorised to conduct a wedding service in one of our churches. The average Christian wedding is 30-40 minutes in length.
The fee for a wedding service conducted by our minister at a local wedding venue is $800. For a wedding service hosted in one of our churches, the fee is $1100. This includes use of the church, rehearsal, ministry and administration. It does not include optional direct costs such as musicians, flowers, printing or photography.
For more detailed information, including terms and conditions, please contact our minister: firstname.lastname@example.org
The words of the wedding service are set according to the rites of the Anglican Church of Australia. No other form of words may be used, including the vows. You are invited to select from appropriate bible readings and musical options.
THE PREFACE: Following the processional – the entry of the bride – the service begins with the Preface, read by the Minister. The Preface sets out the Christian understanding of marriage, drawing on the Christian Scriptures (the Bible), as received by the Anglican Church.
THE READINGS: Marriage ceremonies at Yarra Valley Anglican Church and by our minister will always include one or more readings from the Bible. Further readings from places other than the Bible may be chosen in consultation with the minister. The couple being married can invite one or more family or friends to read the passages selected.
THE HOMILY or WEDDING ADDRESS: Our minister will give a brief (less than 10 minute) address setting out the meaning of marriage and offering words of advice and exhortation to the couple being married.
THE CONSENT: The question of consent is asked by the Minister, addressing the groom and then the bride, in turn. The response is ‘I will’.
Question: N, will you give yourself to N to be her/his husband/wife,
to live with her/him according to God’s word?
Will you love her/him, comfort her/him,
honour and protect her/him,
and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her/him
so long as you both shall live? Response: I will.
THE VOWS: The vows are exchanged by the couple with joined hands, facing one another.
I, N, in the presence of God,
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,
so long as we both shall live.
All this I vow and promise.
THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS: Both may exchange rings, or the groom may give the bride a ring only. The Minister says a short prayer of blessing over the ring/s. As the ring is placed on the finger of the receiver, the giver says:
I give you this ring
as a symbol of our marriage.
May God enable us
To grow in love together.
THE DECLARATION & BLESSING: The Minister pronounces the declaration and God’s blessing on the newly married couple.
Before God and in the presence of us all,
N and N have joined hands
and made their solemn vows,
promising life-long faithfulness to each other.
In the name of God,
I declare them to be husband and wife.
What God has joined together,
let no one separate.
God the Father lovingly enfold you,
God the Son grace your home and table,
God the Holy Spirit crown you with joy and peace.
The Lord bless you and keep you in eternal life. Amen.
HYMNS & PRAYERS: Hymns to be sung by the congregation may be included along with musical items. Prayers are offered for the newly married couple as they begin their life together as husband and wife. A family member or friend (carefully chosen in consultation with the minister) may lead the prayers instead of the Minister. The prayers conclude with the Lord’s Prayer, which is said by all.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.