How do I arrange to get Married in Church?

Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage! Initially please complete the form here Marriage Application Form to make intial contact with St James and we will arrange to meet with you and explain Church wedding requirements.

'The Church of England affirms, according to our Lord's teaching, that marriage is in its nature a union permanent and life long, for better for worse, till death them do part, of one man and one woman...'

[The Canons of the Church of England]

Weddings are conducted at St James's for Christian couples according to the requirements of English Law.

St James's is thrilled to welcome anyone who chooses to come to our worship and events. But to be married here it is necessary for a couple to qualify by Law. The legal qualifications were extended in October 2008 to include couples at least one of whom 

  • lives in the parish now or has at any time for a period of six months;
  • or worships regularly at St James’s now or has at any time for six months;
  • or was baptised at St James’s or was presented for Confirmation by St James’s;
  • or has a parent who has lived or worshipped here for six months;
  • or has a parent or grandparent who was married at St James’s.

Coombes is a separate parish, so those qualified to marry at St James’s do not necessarily qualify for Coombes.

If you wish to enquire about being married at St James's please contact Parish Office on 01903 750286 or email 

Parish boundaries 

St James's Parish is that part of Lancing within the following boundaries:-

South - the Railway Line (Lancing South of the railway line is St Michael's Parish - see link)

East - the River Adur excluding Shoreham Airport, which is in Shoreham Beach Parish.

West - the middle of Boundstone Lane and a line projecting from it north to the Downs and South to the railway line

(West of Boundstone Lane is Sompting Parish).

North - the Downs.

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