Saying ‘I do' all over again

MARRIAGES hold a special place in the St Stephen's Uniting Church – so much so that a reaffirmation of marriage vows ceremony will celebrate the church's 130th birthday.

The reaffirmation service will be held at 2pm on October 29 and marks the beginning of a month-long celebration for the church.

Pastor Graham Slaughter said the celebrations would be extensive to celebrate the rich history of the building and congregation.

“We'll be hosting an old fashioned garden party, fete and fashion parade of wedding gowns from that period,” he said.

“It's going to be a real celebration and anyone can participate.”

The inspiration for the celebration was a reaffirmation ceremony that touched Pastor Slaughter deeply at the beginning of this year.

“It is such a wonderful experience,” he said.

“Some people see it as re-committing themselves to their love for each other.”

Anyone who has been married anywhere can reaffirm at the church in October.

“The event is open to everyone,” Pastor Slaughter said.

“We are encouraging people to come along and celebrate their love for each other as well as the birthday of the church.”

Pastor Slaughter said that the service would be simple and classic.

“There are no classes or complicated forms.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to reaffirm their marriage.”

Afternoon tea and a certificate will be provided.

Those wishing to participate in the ceremony must phone the St Stephen's Uniting Church office to register before the end of June.

Interested parties can phone the church office on 4190 5742.

“It's going to be a fantastic afternoon,” Pastor Slaughter said.

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