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Wedding vow celebrations at a Cumbrian church

A Cumbrian church is set to play host to a special celebration of marriage next month.

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.netWetheral Parish Church will open its doors to eight couples who will renew their wedding vows as part of National Marriage Week.

The Bishop of Carlisle the Rt Rev’d James Newcome will lead the service at the church, which lies just to the east of Carlisle.

Bishop James said: “I was delighted to be asked to help lead the service. Exchanging wedding vows before God is one of the most humbling and exciting moments of one’s life.

“Those getting married are making a promise to each other for the rest of their lives; a promise made before God.

“It’s wonderful that some of those who have previously been married at Holme Eden, Wetheral, Warwick and elsewhere will return for the renewal of their vows as part of this celebration of marriage.”

The renewal of vows will form part of a series of national events being held across the UK, which has been arranged by National Marriage Week.

The Rector of the church, the Rev’d David Craven has organized the Wetheral celebrations which will take place on Saturday 8th February at 4.45pm.

He said: “It’s wonderful that we’ve had such a positive response from those people who have previously been married here in our three churches.

“Marriage is something that must be worked at all the time and a renewal of vows is a great reminder of the promises we make in matrimony.”

As part of the UK campaign, organizers will bid to break the World Record for the greatest number of people renewing their vows at the same time; the Big Promise.

To qualify for inclusion in the record attempt, there needs to be 25 couples renewing vows in an individual church.

While the numbers may fall short of that at Wetheral, Mr Craven says it will still be a special time for all those involved.

He added: “Being part of the record attempt would be great, but what is even more special is to have so many people coming along to make their matrimonial promises again to each other and before God.”

Notes to editors

National Marriage Week runs from 7th to 14th February in 2014.

For more information about National Marriage Week and The Big Promise go to



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