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St Martin’s Vicarage

Dixon Street

Rough Hills

Wolverhampton  WV2 2BG

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Saint Stephen the Martyr

Hilton Street

Springfield

Wolverhampton

WV10 0LF

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Saint Martin of Tours

Dixon Street

Rough Hills

Wolverhampton

WV2 2BG

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Welcome to the Benefice of Wolverhampton Saint Martin and Saint Stephen Website.

The Benefice of Wolverhampton St Martin and St Stephen is made up of two Anglo-Catholic churches. On the 1st December 2015 the benefice of St Martin of Tours, Rough Hills, Wolverhampton and the benefice of St Stephen the Martyr, Springfield, Wolverhampton, were united to create a new benefice to be known as The Benefice of Wolverhampton Saint Martin and Saint Stephen.

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WEDDINGS

We understand marriage to be a sacrament – that is to say a special means by which God’s amazing and self-giving love is radiated into the world through the love that a couple have for one another and the covenantal promises that they make as they minister to each other at the heart of this great and wonderful sacrament.

One of the Priests will be happy to discuss the possibilities for your marriage at Saint Martin’s or Saint Stephen’s. Further details about marriage in the Church of England may be found on the wider Church of England website by clicking here.

Re-marriage

You will find that churches have different positions concerning the re-marriage in church. Some will allow re-marriage in church and some won’t.

Whilst we have every sympathy with those whose marriages have broken down, our position is that we do not perform marriages for those who have been divorced and have a former partner still living.  However, you can have a blessing in church following a civil ceremony.

If you have been divorced but your former partner has since died then you can be re-married in church (assuming that you didn’t murder them). However, when the Banns of Marriage are called the phrase “previous marriage dissolved” is still used.

Same Sex Marriage

The position of the Church of England at the moment is that such unions may not be formally solemnised in church.

It seems likely that if churches are permitted to celebrate same sex marriages it will be left to each church to decide what its practice will be.

Banns of Marriage

For couples who live in either Saint Martin’s or Saint Stephen’s parishes but who are getting married elsewhere, Banns of Marriage will need to be called at Saint Martin’s or Saint Stephen’s. For your Banns to be called at our churches please contact us by clicking here, or attend one of the service when you will be able to discuss it personally afterwards.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,

for you have created joy and gladness,

pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship.

Pour out the abundance of your blessing

upon N and N in their new life together.

Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts

and a crown upon their heads.

Bless them in their work and in their companionship;

awake and asleep,

in joy and in sorrow,

in life and in death.

Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet

where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home.

We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

The blessing of the couple during the marriage service