Celebrity Marriages (and others)

New church guidance of relevance to all CofE weddings

In February this year, the General Synod Legal Advisory Commission issued new advice on a number of issues including that of “celebrity marriages” (“the Advice”). This particular document will be of assistance to not only the clergy responsible for the conduct of such events, but for those involved in their arrangement and those wishing to attend. Furthermore, since “celebrity” affords such individuals few additional concessions in the conduct of a church service, much of the advice is applicable to all weddings. Continue reading

Minster-making in Hull

Details released of events on 13th May when Holy Trinity, Hull, becomes Hull Minster

During his visit to Hull on 7 November 2016, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, announced that Holy Trinity church would be re-dedicated as a Minster “in recognition of its inspiring regeneration, physically and spiritually”. On 11 April 2017, details of the Minister-making event were released by  Continue reading

Minster designation for Holy Trinity, Hull

Holy Trinity Church, Hull, to become a Minster in 2017

During his visit on 7 November, the Most Rev Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, announced that Kingston upon Hull’s Holy Trinity Church would be re-dedicated as a Minster in recognition of its inspiring regeneration, physically and spiritually. Dr Sentamu will return on 13 May 2017 for a Minster-making service for what has been described as one of the keynote events during Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. In this post we re-examine the York consistory court’s consideration of the reordering of Holy Trinity churchyard and its significance in relation to these recent events. A subsequent post will address the legal and other differences between Cathedrals, Minsters and churches.

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