Getting Married at St. John's

About Weddings

If you are planning to get married, congratulations! Marriage is a special calling.

People may have a number of different reasons for thinking about a church wedding, even if they do not currently regularly attend any church. Perhaps you are thinking that you might want to get married at St. John's. You don't have to be a member to have your wedding here. We would be honoured and glad to help you make this very important step in your lives.

The following guidelines are offered if you are thinking of a church wedding.

"Christian Marriage" and Baptism

Because getting married in a church automatically implies a Christian wedding and the Christian concept of marriage, normally at least one, if not both of the parties getting married, will be a baptised Christian. It does not matter in which Christian denomination you were baptised. If one or both parties are not baptised, you may want to discuss with the priest the possibility of making this commitment prior to your marriage.

Remarriage

People who have been legally divorced can remarry in the Anglican Church with a valid marriage license.

Marriage Preparation

The church believes that all couples should prepare for marriage with a marriage preparation course. The priest who is marrying you may agree to offer such a course privately, or may be able to enrol you with a group of couples who are preparing at the same time. Alternatively, you may be able to arrange a marriage preparation course through another provider, such as a marriage counsellor or an organisation such as Engaged Encounter.

Fees

The church collects no fee for marriage preparation, but offers it as its ministry to you. In some cases there is a small cost for materials. 

The customary fee for a full wedding ceremony at St. John's is $350. In addition, it is customary that a donation of $200 be given to the church. A receipt for income tax purposes is given and issued in January for any donation. In the case of a wedding in the chapel without guests and the minimum of witnesses, a wedding can be arranged without fee.

Contact Us

Again, these are guidelines. If you need further information or would like to discuss a particular situation, please call the church at 905-522-0602. Ask to speak to the Rector. You can also leave a message by voice mail at any time.

Bible Readings for Your Wedding

There are many popular and exciting readings to choose from. Read some of these together and see if what they say seems important to you. We also recommend that you read them in a modern translation of the Bible.

  • God creates women and men to look after the earth [Genesis Chapter 1, verses 26-28]
  • A love poem between two lovers [Song of Solomon, Chapter 2, verses 10-13]
  • Jesus teaches how to live life that brings true happiness [Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 1-10]
  • Jesus teaches about marriage and welcomes children [Mark, Chapter 10, verses 6-9 and 13-16]
  • What happens when Jesus attends a wedding reception [John, Chapter 2, verses 1-11]
  • Love - actually! [1 Corinthians, Chapter 13]
  • Committing to each other [Ephesians, Chapter 5, verses 21-33]
  • Seeing the good side [Philippians, Chapter 4, verses 4-9]
  • Getting the perfect relationship [Colossians, Chapter 3, verses 12-17]
  • Being a good lover [1 John, Chapter 4, verses 7-12]

A Few Traditional Music Suggestions

For solos:

  • Be Our Chief Guest, Lord And On This Day
  • Wedding Song (There is Love)
  • Be Thou With Them (J.S. Bach)
  • Whither Thou Goest I Will Go
  • Walk Hand In Hand
  • I’ll Walk Beside You Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Ave Maria (Gounod)
  • Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring
  • The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte)
  • Wedding Prayer
  • I Give To You My Love
  • Bridal Prayer
  • The Irish Wedding Song
  • Lead Us Together In Your Way
  • God, A Woman And A Man
  • My Peace
  • Only God Could Love You More
  • Take My Hand
  • Two Candles

Bridal Party Entrance:

  • Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)    
  • Martial Air (Handel)
  • Canon in “D” (Pachelbel

Recessional:

  • Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
  • Martial Air (Handel)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)

Upcoming Soon

  • Cinquefoil
    April 20, 2018

    Sacrifice | Five artists - One Theme | Doors and Bar open at 8:00 pm |  Concert begins at 8:30pm | Tickets $20.00 |

  • Sunday, April 22, 2018: The Fourth Sunday of Easter
    April 22, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper).

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Choral Eucharist and music by organ and the Parish Choir.

    The Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Aboroa-Bolona, will be the presiding celebrant and Jody Balint, will be the preacher. This is our student, Jody Balint's, final Sunday with us. Come along as we bless her for her future in ministry.

  • Wednesday Eucharist
    April 25, 2018

    10 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer at the Nave Altar in the church proper.

  • The Commissionaires- Live on Locke
    April 27, 2018

    with opening act Aaron Powell | Doors open at 7:00 pm | Performance begins at 7:30 pm | Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door, Students and Seniors $15 |

  • Opera Deluxe
    April 28, 2018

    An evening of favourite opera arias and duets | Doors open 6:30 | Concert begins 7:00 pm | Tickets general admission $35, students $25, children under 12 free

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018: The Fifth Sunday of Easter
    April 29, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper). The Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Abaroa-Bolona, will be the presiding celebrant and preacher.

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist. The Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the presiding celebrant and the Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Abaroa-Bolona, will be the preacher.

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Choral Matins and music by organ and the Parish Choir. The Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the officiant and the Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Abaroa-Bolona, will be the preacher.

  • Wednesday Eucharist
    May 2, 2018

    10 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer at the Nave Altar in the church proper.

  • Sunday, May 6, 2018: The Feast of Saint John the Evangelist: Patronal Festival
    May 6, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper). 

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist.

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Festal Choral Holy Eucharist and music by organ and the Parish Choir.

    The Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Abaroa-Bolona, will be the presiding celebrant and the Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the preacher at all services.

  • Wednesday Eucharist
    May 9, 2018

    10 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer at the Nave Altar in the church proper.

  • Sunday, May 13, 2018: The Sunday of the Ascension: Jerusalem Sunday
    May 13, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper). The Rector will be the presiding celebrant and preacher.

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist.

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Festal Choral Holy Eucharist and music by organ and the Parish Choir. Incense will be used at this service.

    The Reverend Canon Dr. Brian Ruttan, our Honorary Assistant, will be the presiding celebrant and or Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the preacher at the Discovery and Choral services.

  • Wednesday Eucharist
    May 16, 2018

    10 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer at the Nave Altar in the church proper.

  • Sunday, May 20, 2018: The Day of Pentecost
    May 20, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper).

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist.

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Festal Choral Holy Eucharist and music by organ and the Parish Choir.

    Our Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the presiding celebrant and our Honourary Assistant, the Reverend Canon Dr. Brian Ruttan, will be the preacher at all services.


Wedding of Graeme and Meagan.
Meagan and Graeme's wedding.

Our Mission

God calls us to help people become followers of Jesus, equipped for ministry in the church and in the world, through nurture, worship, evangelism and service.