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Churches' candlelit dinner gift to Barrow couples

Couples who will tie the knot in Barrow this year are to be treated to a candlelit dinner as a gift from the town’s Anglican churches.

The Deanery of Barrow has arranged the event which takes place later this month at St Mark’s Church, in the town’s Rawlinson Street.

The invites have been thrown open to all those due to marry at one of the Deanery’s churches in 2013.

Canon Ian Hook, from St Mark’s Church, said: “We wanted to do something about marriage preparation, right across the group of churches in our area.

“A Reader at my church came up with the idea and we thought it was fantastic, so we decided to give it a go.

“We just want to treat those people who are getting married here in Barrow.”

So far six couples have signed up for the three course meal which will be served up on the evening of Saturday 23rd February.

Church leaders are hoping others will come forward in time to enjoy the dinner.

Paula Lorne and Paul Taylor are one of the couples who will be attending. They’re due to get married at St Mark’s on 22nd June.

Paula, 44, of Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, said: ”I said to my fiancé Paul, I’ve never heard of a church doing anything like this before, I think it’s fantastic.”

On the night, the guests will be treated to a first class dining experience. The menu includes a choice of starters of roast pepper & tomato soup with cheese scone or haloumi salad.

Diners can then choose a main course from coq au vin with mash potatoes and a medley of vegetables, roast beef or lentil lasagne.

Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate sauce and ice cream or lemon mousse with raspberries and shortbread are on offer for dessert followed by tea or coffee and mints.

Rev Gary Cregeen, the Rural Dean of Barrow, says it’s a great example of churches in the area working together.

He added: “We want this to be an example of Christian hospitality in action. Quite simply, our aim is to bring these couples together so they can relax and enjoy a good night out.

“That is our gift to them when so often it can appear that the Church is asking for money to help with ministry. It’s going to be a great night out for all.”

The meal will be the forerunner to a marriage preparation course for the couples which will explore areas such as commitment and communication.


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at or the Ven Richard Pratt on 01900 66190.


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