Marriage in church - Jersey, Times of ceremonies, Divorced couples - remarriage ( 8.18.8.L3 )
8.18.8.L3 Marriage in church
Updated: 2 October 2017
Words you may need to know
Rectors and vicars – senior church officials
Registrar – someone who is responsible for keeping a record of events eg a birth, death or marriage
Suit – as the couple want, as is convenient
Divorce – when a marriage is ended by law
Divorcee – someone who is divorced
Non-Anglican – not of the Anglican church
Licence – an official permission granted by the Superintendent Registrar
Usual practice – the way in which things are normally done
Commitment – when you agree to give time to doing something
Times of marriage services
Church of England
Rectors and vicars of the Church of England can act as registrars themselves, and can therefore agree the time of a wedding to suit the couple between the hours of 6am and 6pm. Marriages with a ‘Special Licence’ can be at any time by arrangement.
A Special Licence is issued by the Dean and can be issued in certain circumstances eg if the parties do not live in the parish or if they wish to be married at 6am to enable the newly married couple to catch a ferry.
Under the Marriage and Civil Status (Jersey) Law 2001 non-Anglican marriages may take place between the hours of 8am and 7pm.
Church services and re-marriage of divorced couples
A divorced couple may not be re-married in just any church.
The usual practice in the Island was that the majority of Ministers would consider giving services of blessings upon marriage of a divorced couple. But if a couple wanted a full church ceremony they had to ask either the United Reform Church or the Methodist Churches and Presbyterian Church (in Midvale Road) who might have been sympathetic and be prepared to accept divorcees for marriage depending on the circumstances, and the commitment of the couple to an ongoing relationship with the church.
However, the General Synod of the Church of England voted in favour of permitting divorced people to marry in the Church of England in certain circumstances (9th July 2002), so couples should speak to the minister of their church to discuss the matter.
Roman Catholic churches will not permit re-marriage or blessings of civil marriages.
See 8.18.8.L1 Getting Married in Jersey ( including marriage of couples living outside of Jersey)
Clients should discuss the costs with the Minister of the relevant church.