There was great excitement at St George’s Church as the guests arrived for the wedding of the year!
The ushers showed the guests to their seats, the bridesmaids assisted the bride and the bridegroom and best man waited anxiously at the front of the church in readiness for the service to begin. Our organist Peter Barker was ready to play the Bridal March and our Sound Technician John Blake was playing suitable CD music for the occasion. Behind the scenes members of the Mother’s Union, Elizabeth Brassington, Mary Cowperthwaite and Mary Atkinson were busy preparing the reception. When all were seated the mothers of the bride and groom each lit a candle in celebration of their child whose marriage we were to celebrate, the music began and the father of the bride walked proudly with his daughter down the aisle.
The children, all from Year 5 at Stramongate School, were amazing and a credit to the school as each took his or her role in the drama seriously. It was all part of their school curriculum which explored the Christian understanding of marriage. We considered the meaning of the ring and what is meant when Christians speak of love.
We were joined by Katie Hall from NISCU who read part of St Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth where Paul explains that love is a choice. The bride and the groom each took the candle lit previously by their mothers and together lit the central candle, blew out their own and we rejoiced that two lives were joined together by matrimony. We reflected on the legal aspects of marriage as the bride, groom and two witnesses signed the register. Then it was time for the reception where the bride and groom cut the cake, the guests enjoyed their food and the bridegroom said a few words of thanks.
Thank you, St George’s folk, for helping our Stramongate children to learn in the way which is the School’s Mission Statement – ‘Learning is fun at Stramongate’. Indeed it is.