St Lawrence Church Bidborough

St Lawrence Church, Bidborough

Know God, Show His Love, Grow His Church

Southborough Team

800th Anniversary


It is always a great joy to see couples include the God of all love in their wedding day, through the words and worship of a church service. St Lawrence Church is a picturesque and intimate venue for this great occasion, and up to around 120 guests can be accommodated at the service.

Who may be married at St Lawrence ?

If one or both of you live within our Parish (which, as the Southborough Team Ministry, now includes Bidborough, all of Southborough west of the London Road, and High Brooms) you are entitled to be married in St Lawrence Church. If you live outside the Parish, you will usually have to join our Electoral Roll, and in order to do that you will be expected to attend one of the Churches in the Team regularly for six months. During the three months prior to the wedding, the Banns will be read both at St Lawrence, and also at the church in whose parish you live, if different.

If you have close family connections within the Parish but live elsewhere it may be possible to arrange a Special Licence, in which case Banns are not read. We can give you details of these different options

What to do first ?

If you are interested in getting married at St Lawrence, the first thing to do is to contact the Vicar, Stephen Hills, for a preliminary chat. If it is possible to hold the wedding here, Stephen will put you in touch with the Church Administrator, who will send you the necessary application forms and a list of the relevant fees.

We will ask you to attend a Marriage Preparation Day, where we spend time thinking about the wedding service itself, and also about how couples can make the very best of their marriages.

You will also want to meet with Stephen to talk about your service, and he will be happy to help you to choose music, hymns, readings and prayers, and to talk through all the practical details of the big day.

What if either person has been married before ?

If either of you have been previously married and divorced, please contact Stephen Hills who will talk with you and discuss the options that can be offered to you.

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Thursday 4:00-5:00pm in the small village hall.

Crisis Recovery

The Day Centre would be happy to receive donations of second-hand clean clothes and shoes for their guests (particularly men’s clothing). If you can help please get in touch with Alan Richards on 528916.


There is a Traidcraft stall in Church on the first Sunday of every month. Please support this worthwhile project.

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