Guidance and Resources for Same-Sex Marriage

This page was last updated 20th September 2021.

 

Holding pastoral conversations on whether to register or make Methodist church buildings available for same-sex marriage

  1. Ways to use this material: [pdf]
  2. Suggested session outline for Church Councils when making decisions about same-sex marriage: [pdf]
  3. Flowchart to support the decision-making process of the Church Council: [pdf]
  4. Conferring well when living with contradictory convictions – guidance for group discussion: [pdf]
  5. Background reading: [pdf]
  6. “History of Pilgrimage and Faith” presentation – a brief history (1990 – 2021): [powerpoint]

 

Applying to register or make a Methodist Church building available for same-sex marriage (England and Wales only)

  1. Guidance for Methodist Church Councils regarding the process of applying for same-sex marriage registration 
  2. Suggested forms of Church Council resolutions for matters relating to same-sex marriage: [pdf]
  3. Checklist for applications to register a Methodist building for same-sex marriage 
  4. Form 78 application: [pdf]
  5. Form 78 government guidance: [pdf]
  6. Form 78A certificate: [pdf]
  7. Form 78A government guidance: [pdf]
  8. Methodist governing authority consent: Letter from the Secretary of the Conference, dated 1st September 2021, confirming that the Conference has consented in principle to the marriage of same-sex couples on Methodist premises: [pdf]
  9. Template Methodist Church Council letter confirming consent to same-sex marriage in a Methodist building [pdf]

 

Appointment of Authorised Persons who wish to conduct same-sex marriage

  1. Guidance for Methodist Church Councils regarding the appointment of Authorised Persons for same-sex marriage
  2. Form AP1 certificate of appointment: [pdf]
  3. Form AP1 government guidance: [pdf]
  4. Suggested forms of Church Council resolutions for matters relating to same-sex marriage: [pdf]

 

Marriage liturgy for the marriage of any two persons

  1. Methodist liturgy for the marriage of any two persons: [pdf] [Word]
  2. Methodist liturgy for the blessing of a marriage of any two persons previously solemnised: [pdf] [Word]

 


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