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Qualifying Connections

A person has a qualifying connection with a parish if:

  • that person: was baptised in the parish (this does not apply where the baptism formed part of a combined service of baptism or confirmation); or had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a Church or Chapel in the parish; or has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least six months; or has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least six months; or if
  • a parent of that person has at any time during that person's lifetime: had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least six months; or habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least six months; or if
  • a parent or grandparent of that person was married in the parish. In all cases involving Church services, i.e. coming to, going to, attending normal Church services, baptism, confirmation, or marriage; this applies only to Church of England services    

A copy of the Marriage Measure 2008, important guidance from the House of Bishops, and an electronic document containing a specimen welcome form for the use of parishes and couples can be found on the Church of England website.

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Then afterward
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.

Joel 2:28

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