What is the Apostolic church?

Marrying in a church

Provided it's legal, you are welcome to get married in the Church of England whatever you believe in, whether or not you are christened and whether you go to church or not. It is your church, and we welcome you!

However, a complication may arise if either of you have been married before or if one of you is a foreign national. However, there may still be a way forward. You can read more online about marriage after divorce or guidance for foreign nationals.

There could be many churches to choose from for your nuptials. Lots of people get married in their own local church but we know that you may wish to marry in a church away from your home because it has a certain significance for you through family or other links.

An engaged couple can do exactly that if either of you can show just one of the seven connections with the parish listed below.

If you're not sure which is your local church, type your postcode into the box below to find it. If you want to search for a church in a different place, type in the place name and churches in that area will be listed.

What are the rules?

You can marry in a Church of England church if you can show:-

That one of you:

  • has at some time lived in the parish for at least 6 months or
  • was baptised in the parish or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • has at any time often gone to normal church services in the parish church for at least 6 months or

That one of your parents at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in the parish for at least 6 months or
  • has frequently gone to usual church services in the parish church for at least 6 months or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  • got married in the parish

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What is the Apostolic church?

There are many divisions of Christianity. One that people often don’t hear about is the apostolic church. There are many groups which call themselves “Apostolic.” Largely speaking, these churches all aim to uphold or go back to the doctrine of the first church. Some of these churches still use Pentecostal doctrine, while others do not. The largest groups are most likely the Apostolic Church (or Apostolic Faith Church), which was created in the Welsh revival of the Edwardian era; and the New Apostolic Church International, which can be traced back to the British revivals of the early Victorian era. 

How many people belong to it?

The Apostolic Church is a global fellowship with around 6 million members. Each national church is run by a chief apostle and governs itself. According to one of the earliest authors, the Apostolic Church represents first-century Christianity in faith, practice, and government in order to make known globally the forgiveness of sins through the repenting death of Christ, the baptism in water by immersion; the baptism of the Holy Spirit with signs following; the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit; the five gifts of our Ascended Lord; and the vision called in the New Testament, the Church which is His body. As suggested in that statement, the practice of signs and miracles is a central part of their doctrine.


The doctrine of the Apostolic Church resembles most evangelical churches. They believe in the oneness of the Godhead and the differences between the members of the Trinity. With regards to salvation, they teach the need for conviction of sin, repentance, and confession for salvation.

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