All who live within the Parish Boundary can marry at St John's. To check if you live in the parish please click here.
If you don't currently live in the parish you will need to show (for either bride, or groom) one of the following possible seven connections with St John's Church.
That one of you:
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
That one of your parents or grandparents:
Church weddings are often cheaper than you think; the current small legal fee is £321.50 which is set nationally. Flowers and music can be arranged at additional cost.
This figure is based on a couple living at the same address and marrying outside their own parish and includes:
We wish all a lifetime of love that grows within God's protection. But we know that some marriages fail for all sorts of sad and painful reasons. In many cases being divorced does not prevent you from marrying in church, please discuss with us; even if we can't marry you we should be able to offer a service of prayer and dedication.
Yes. Whether or not you currently live together we would be delighted to be part of your special day as you go deeper into your relationship in the presence of God.
You can makes choices about your hymns and music, readings and what sort of prayers you would like.
You have choices about who does the readings and prayers, which can involve your family and friends.
It's up to you what you wear and whether you have one ring or two. If the church and the Vicar are free, you can marry on any day of the week. And with us's help, you can make choices about what type of words are used in the service.
More ideas can be found on the Church of England Wedding website.
We have two excellent organists who are generally available to play for weddings; the current fee set for an organist to play for your wedding at St John's is £70. If the service is recorded (audio or video) the fee is doubled to £140 - this is common practice, advised by The Royal School of Church Music, since the organist owns the copyright to his performance.
The organist will meet with you to discuss your requirements and can even offer advice on suitable music if you wish.
The Royal School of Church Music's online resource Music for Church Weddings provides additional information and advice.
Yes, of course. However, playing for weddings comprises part of our organist's remuneration package, and therefore he has the right to either play for the wedding, or to be paid the fee for the wedding, even if a visiting organist plays in his place. Normally this means that if you bring your own organist, you will still need to pay the standard wedding fee to our organist - this is in addition to any fee you may need to pay for your own organist.
The Royal School of Church Music's online resource Music for Church Weddings provides additional information and advice about this point.
We have a good sound system so if you have a special piece of music you would like played please discuss your requirements; we can advise you regarding the suitability of the music for a church service.
Absolutely! Throwing of confetti outside of the church building is fine.
Of course. If you wish to have your special day videoed please discuss with us to ensure your day goes smoothly. Please note that the organist's fee will double when the ceremony is videoed, which is common procedure due to performance copyright reasons.
If you have children we welcome them too and can even offer a service of Marriage and Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child or we can design a service to include and involve your children.
If you are from outside the European Economic Area, having a Church of England wedding will involve some different paperwork and there will be a number of things us will want to talk to you about. How you begin is dependent on your circumstances and whether one or both of you are resident in the UK.
For further information please see the offical Home Office webpage for Visas and Immigration.
Yes. In fact Sunday is the third most popular day for weddings in the Church of England. Just talk to us to make sure the day you want is free and that your wedding won't clash with any normal services taking place in the church.
Friday 1st March
10.30am - Said Eucharist
Sunday 3rd March
Third Sunday of Lent
10.30am - Parish Mass with Hymns
Download the service booklets for this service
We are pleased to announce that the Revd Corniel Quak currently Assistant Curate of St Saviour's, St Albans, has been appointed as Vicar of the benefice of St John the Apostle and Evangelist Watford.
Given the completion of the usual legal formalities, the Collation, Induction and Installation service by Bishop Jane will take place on Thursday 20th June 2024 at 7.30pm.
Please remember Corniel and his family in your prayers as he prepares for this new ministry.