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Author(s): Andrew Body
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Is your church making the most of weddings? This book is for anyone in parishes that would like to develop their ministry to wedding couples. Drawing on many years' experience as a parish priest as well as 'good ideas' used by parishes throughout the UK, Andrew Body offers advice and practical wisdom on how churches can: promote their church as an attractive wedding venue; make positive initial contacts with wedding couples; help couples organize the service (including understanding the legal requirements); offer good marriage preparation and support the couple in the build-up to the big day; take the service well; ensure the wedding couples are not forgotten after the day itself.
'This book is inspirational. I read it on the train and amused other commuters by my occasional outbursts of admiration! Andrew has drawn together a wealth of expertise and good practice, wrapped up in a heart-warming blend of pastoral concern and sound business sense. I am convinced that if every PCC read and actioned these ideas our congregations would see tremendous growth of a generation currently missing from many churches.' -- Revd Jan Harney, Leigh, Lancashire, Member of the Archbishops' College of Evangelists
'When I was involved in a big town church with four or five weddings in a day, then I tended to gloss over the real pastoral opportunities we had with families and couples. This book reminds us that we should spend time looking sensibly at the chances we are given, especially with non-church regulars. Buy it now and reap the benefits!' -- Ian Gibson
'Andrew has drawn together a wealth of expertise and good practice, wrapped in a heart-warming blend of pastoral concern and sound business sense.' -- Jan Harney www.newlywedsuk.com
Andrew Body has been a Church of England clergyman for over 40 years, was a counsellor for Relate for thirty years, and was a founder trustee and later Chairman of Family Life and Marriage Education (FLAME).He regularly speaks at theological college and diocesan courses and training days about marriage. He has been married to Pippa for over 40 years, and they have four children and three grandchildren. Andrew has written four books on marriage – Growing Together, Growing Together – The Course, Making the Most of Weddings, and together with Pippa he compiled Pocket Prayers for Marriage.
Read Andrew's 10 simple steps for thinking about marriage in one session