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Ely joins The Weddings Project

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The Diocese of Ely has joined the Weddings Project commissioned by the Archbishops’ Council in 2007. This project aims to to attract more couples to a church wedding as the ceremony of choice; to build in the general public a growing sense that the Church of England is an enthusiastic believer in marriage and to care for couples so well that they have an excellent experience and recommend a church wedding to others, and to approach the task so that more of them may become part of a church community.

There is a one day event for all diocesan clergy on Tuesday 1st March 9.30am- 4pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ely. This event will deliver the findings of research done by the the Weddings Project and will outline the project's resource system, offering advice as to how it should best be used. The day will also be an opportunity to share the research findings of the project in relation to contemporary English culture’s expectations. In particular, it will set out what people seek from clergy, both through a church wedding and more widely. In addition, the team will offer advice and resources so that parishes, deaneries and the Diocese can engage creatively with regional and local wedding fairs and weddings shows.

Tea and coffee will be available but please bring a packed lunch. Licensed clergy with close working colleagues (e.g. SSM or retired priests) who would benefit from the day are invited to bring one additional person with them.

Further details are available from Alison Evans, alison.evans@office.ely.anglican.org.

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