Diocese of Rupert's Land • Anglican Church of Canada
and the community
Weddings at St. Luke's
Connecting with God and the Community
Our parish community goal is to help couples get connected and keep connected with God. A Christian faith community is key to this. We are happy to host your wedding, and hope that you will join us for worship, both before and after your wedding. If you live far from Winnipeg, we will do everything we can to accommodate you, and work with the church near your home in preparation for your exchange of vows here at St. Luke’s.
Historic Stone Church
St. Luke’s historic stone building is a wonderful place for a wedding, and the community of faith is delighted to share it with you on your big day! The church boasts a full peel of eight church bells. You need to go as far away as Edmonton or Toronto to enjoy this elsewhere. The stained glass windows, particularly the large east window, which is a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, are some of the best in Canada. Where else can you find a wooden sculpture by Leo Mol (Let the Children Come to Me), a mural by one of the Group of Seven (war memorial in the tower entrance), and a cross from Vimy Ridge? The interior hosts the largest organ in Winnipeg, a grand piano, large solid brass eagle lectern for bible readings, incredible oak woodwork and decorations, comfortable oak pews for your guests, and a central aisle with red carpet.
Receptions in Church House
Church House, our parish hall, is located in an attached building. This is an ideal location for smaller light receptions. Please speak to the Parish Administrator (204.452.3609) about the space and availability.
Normally, the clergy of St. Luke’s officiate at wedding services in the church. Our rector, the Rev. Paul Lampman - (Father Paul), presides at most weddings, except in July, when one of our Honourary Assistants, the Rev. Dr. John Wortley, typically officiates. We recognize that couples may have a relationship with other clergy. It is possible for St. Luke’s clergy to partner with other clergy to perform a wedding jointly as an ecumenical or interdenominational wedding. We prefer to be friends and have a relationship with couples. We have extended our community and welcomed other Christian clergy to officiate based on the needs of the bride and groom.
The Church promises to do all in its power to strengthen and uphold each couple’s marriage. This is stated publicly during the wedding service. In order to help the community of faith uphold this promise, the couple is expected to have marriage preparation, in accordance with the guidelines and policy of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Fr. Paul is a trained marriage educator, and he meets with couples and offers spiritual and practical resources for strengthening the couple in their relationship. The marriage seminar is typically held in the spring, and an autumn seminar will be held if there is need. Seminar leaders have included a family therapist, a lawyer, an investment banker, a couple with over 55 years of marriage experience, a parenting consultant, and members of St. Luke’s clergy.
Music for the Ceremony
Our Organist and Choirmaster, Blair Anderson, is responsible for music at your wedding. Blair has played for many weddings and is a great resource for you! He will need to know if you would like a soloist or other musicians. Before the wedding, our organist can meet with you to choose the music.
You will need to get a Manitoba Marriage License. Click here to view a listing for sites that issue marriage licenses in Winnipeg.
The Anglican Church of Canada has certain requirements: you are asked to give us at least sixty days’ notice and have pre-marital preparation. At St. Luke’s we offer this preparation through our Marriage Seminar. For a Christian marriage, either the bride or the groom needs to be baptized. If baptism is something you would like to explore, please contact our rector, Fr. Paul (204.452.3679).
Blessing of Civil Unions
A committed life-long relationship is one of the most wonderful and most challenging undertakings we ever attempt as human beings. Here, at St. Luke’s, we now have permission to offer the blessing of same-sex couples whose union has been duly solemnized and civilly registered, where at least one member of the couple is baptized. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to celebrate this ceremony.
A wedding ceremony is an act of worship. The prayers we use are beautiful and time-tested. We use standard Anglican prayer books, and the wording of the marriage vows are set there. You may add your own vows to each other, if that is your wish.
For more detail, here are a few links you may wish to follow:
• Enjoy a virtual tour of St. Luke's here.
• St. Luke’s parish calendar, where you can check availability of the church on your proposed wedding day.
• The Anglican Church of Canada regulations on Marriage.
• A typical order of service, taken from the Anglican Church of Canada's Book of Alternative Services.
• St. Luke’s fee structure for weddings.
• An application form for you to download, fill out, and send in.
Here's a link to a recent article featuring a wedding ceremony at St. Luke's held in August, 2012.
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