A useful website for further information and frequently asked questions may be found on :-

Naturally you can always ask the Reverend Rose Braisby on 01245 361927, or at

Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual just as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in - the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond.

I am divorced; can I get married in church?

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 Reverend Katie; even if we can't marry you we should be able to offer a service of prayer and dedication.

We are already living together - can we get married in church? 

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.

What types of marriage services could we have?  

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 Reverend Katie's help, you can make choices about what type of words are used in the service.


Can we have an organist? 

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.

Can we bring our own organist? 

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.

  Can we play our own music? 

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.

  Can our guests throw confetti?  

Absolutely! Throwing of confetti outside of the church building is fine.

Can our ceremony be videoed?  

Of course. If you wish to have your special day videoed please discuss with Reverend Katie 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.

Can our children be involved?

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.

What happens if we are foreign nationals?

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 Reverend Katie 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.

Can we marry on any day of the week including Sunday?  

Yes. In fact Sunday is the third most popular day for weddings in the Church of England. Just talk to Reverend Katie 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.




In simple terms getting married in a parish

church  is open to three groups of People.

  • Those who are resident in the parish where the church is located.
  • Persons who have a special link with a parish and could therefore apply for a ‘Special Licence.
  • Persons who are on the electoral roll of the parish church.

(To be on this you must have been part of the worshipping congregation for a period of    

6 months or more and fulfil a number of other requirements)

If having the marriage ceremony is church is not possible are there any other options?

On many occasions it is possible to have a service of blessing following a civil marriage.

Again it is best to discuss that with the clergy vicars/priest concerned.

What happens if a person has been previously married?

We will happily discuss the possibility of a marriage service with you within the framework

developed by the House of Bishops. Details relating to this can be found on the Church

of England Web Site perhaps in a section called ‘life events’.

We are always happy to discuss with couples the possibilities of having their wedding in our

beautiful church. Do please contact our wedding co-ordinator:

Dave Patmore
3 Nuns Meadow, Gosfield, CO9 1UB
01787 474047

Marriage Fees 2017, St. Catherine’s Church, Gosfield.



Fee payable to,-

Diocesan Board of Finance.

Parochial Church Council.

Publication of Banns of Marriage.

Total fee -









These fees are set by,-

the Church of England.



Blessing of Civil Marriage.

Service of Prayer and Dedication after a Civil Ceremony.


PCC fee.
















Copyright/Videographer fee is included.





Reading of Banns and

   Banns Certificate.

Required if marrying out of the Parish.




A £25.00 deposit is required when returning the Wedding Application form. This amount will be deducted from the final fee payable.

All fees must be paid at least four weeks prior to the ceremony. Cheques payable to Gosfield PCC.

or,  Bank Transfer - Barclays Bank, Sort Code, 20-97-40.   Gosfield PCC. A/C No. 1098 9061

Send cheques to,- D.L.Patmore, 3 Nuns Meadow, Gosfield, Halstead, Essex CO9 1UB.

Marriage/Blessing Application form.




Man’s name.

Woman’s name.

Age at date of marriage.

Age at date of marriage.

Marital status.

Marital status.






How long at this address.

How long at this address.

Tel. No.

Tel. No.





Date of Birth.

Date of Birth.


Have you been previously married or part of a civil partnership.




If yes was the previous marriage/civil partnership ended by the death of your partner.




Have you been Baptised.

Have you been baptised

Have you been Confirmed.

Have you been Confirmed.

If yes, where.

If yes, where.

Your local parish.

Your local parish.


Address after marriage if different from above.


Fathers full name.

Fathers full name.




I certify that to the best of my knowledge these answers are correct.




Do you require the following at your wedding.





Entry music,

Exit music.

Hymn No.1.

Hymn No.2.

Hymn No.3.




Return to, Dave Patmore, 3 Nuns Meadow, Gosfield, Essex CO9 1UB.  e.mail. david.patmore@talk


Suggestions for Bible readings at a wedding service

Colossians 2 12 to 17
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each
other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in
the one body. And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all
wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
1 Corinthians 13 (long version)
1 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a
noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and
if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues,
they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;
10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a
child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know
only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13 (short version)
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends.
13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Ephesians 5 22
21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church,
the body of which he is the Savior.
24 Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to
their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for
26 in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word,
27 so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or
anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.
28 In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He
who loves his wife loves himself.
29 For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it,
just as Christ does for the church,
30 because we are members of his body.
31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
and the two will become one flesh."
32 This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church.
33 Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect
her husband.
Song of Solomon (from chapters 2 and 8)
10 My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;
11 for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of
the turtledove is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth
fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
8:6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as
death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for
love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned.
Ecclesiastes chapter 4 9 to 12
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does
not have another to help.
11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone?
12 And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is
not quickly broken.
Matthew 5 1 to 10
1 ¶ When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples
came to him.
2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 ¶ "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven.
John 2 1 to 11
1 ¶ On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was
2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."
4 And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not
yet come."
5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each
holding twenty or thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim.
8 He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it.
9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came
from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the
10 and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the
guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now."
11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his
disciples believed in him.

WHO'S WHO      

Team Rector – Katie de Bourcier

Telephone:         01787 478471












Reverend Rose Braisby

 Churchwarden : Bob Waters

 21 Meadway, Gosfield CO9 ITG      

 01787 473863

 email :




  Churchwarden & WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR:  Dave Patmore 

  3 Nuns Meadow, Gosfield CO9 1UB 

  01787 474047

  email :

  And  Wedding Co-ordinator:    Dave Patmore 


   PCC secretary : David Degnan 12 Greenfields Gosfield, CO9 1TR 1787 472291    



    Chelmsford Diocese website :- 


Below is a list of companies that regularly supply people who use the church. Inclusion in this

list should not imply a recommendation of any supplier or service.

Tony Sale Photography


Address : Dial House, The Street, , , United Kingdom, CO9 1TU

Contact Person : Tony Sale
Telephone : 01787 474923
With many years experience as a professionally qualified photographer,
Tony Sale Photography provides a compelling first class wedding and
portrait photography service to customers throughout Halstead and
Braintree and indeed throughout the whole of Essex, Suffolk and
Portraits can be taken in the studio, or at your home, or any other location
of your choice. Services include individual portraits, family portraits and
commercial portraits as well as documentary or journalistic commissions.
A mixture of reportage and traditional styles is favoured by most people.
Cover may include any period from the bridal preparation through to the
first dance. Weddings covered include, civil ceremony, church services,
and same sex weddings. A free wedding consultation service is provided
to discuss your requirements.
Tony Sale Photography has an ever expanding number of satisfied customer
located not only in Essex but throughout the UK, including hotels, marketing
companies, theatres and musicians and many personally satisfied wedding
and portrait clients.
Hairdressers in the village 01787 274899
Party & wedding packages available by professional hairdresser.
The Vanity Box is located in 'The Street' next door to the Green Man, for hairdressing,
nail manicure,polish, extensions, facials, tanning, eyebrows and Indian head massage.

The Kings Head 01787 474016 venue for receptions and pre-wedding meet-ups




Gosfield Hall, Gosfield. CO9 1SF venue for receptions 01787 472914 or 07825 563641

e-mail : 

visit :




Gosfield Golf Club : Venue for receptions Address: Manor HouseHalstead CO9 1SEEngland

phone Number: 01787 474747 Description: On 230 acres of rolling Essex parkland to the north of

Gosfield Lake, can accomodate 200 people with  bar and dancing.

Photo of Gosfield Lake Golf Club








Maurice Rowson village hall  Will  accomodate 140 standing Contact Amanda 01787 274992


A useful website for further information about weddings may be found on 

Gosfield Church- Church Road, Gosfield C09 1UD - 01787 273434 

Flower arrangements

To the Bride and Groom and their FamiliesSt. Catherine’s Church, Gosfield, would like to help

you make arrangements for your wedding in church so that your special day is perfect.

The flower arrangements in church can help to beautify your wedding service and the flower                              

arrangers will help in any way possible.

Your Options

I. You can do the flowers yourself or use your own florist. Please let us know, as our regular  

arranger will not need to place flowers in church that weekend.

2. You can accept the arrangement at the altar. These flowers are provided by a church flower  

arranger so do not expect them to follow a certain colour scheme.

3. You can discuss your wishes with a flower arranger and agree to provide the flowers or to    

contribute money for the cost of the arrangement.

At some times in the year the church will have flowers for a particular season. On these occasions                

wedding flowers will need to take this into account. During Lent and Advent flowers are not always    


Arrangements can be in various places in the church, these should be discussed with the Vicar.                      

Please note that, unless specific provision have been made, arrangements should not be removed

until after the Sunday services, and should be cleared away during the following week or when they                      

are no longer fresh. Decorations at pew ends should be removed before the church is locked on                  

Saturday night. Flowers should be positioned so that no doors are blocked by pedestals (once it                          

was impossible to enter the vestry to get at the church registers).

Churchwardens ask that no nails or pins are used on the woodwork.                    


Please contact the church for more information.  

Reverend Katie De Bourcier 01787 478471


A useful website for further information may be found on :-



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