Hove Methodist Church is now able to welcome same-sex couples to arrange their marriage ceremonies in the church. The Church Council voted in favour of taking this step following a decision by the Methodist Conference last year to give local churches the option to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies in Methodist buildings.
The Revd Andy Lowe, Minister at Hove Methodist Church, said: “Marriage in church is a special milestone in life for many and as a church community we are delighted that we are now able to welcome same-sex couples for marriage ceremonies.
“We hope this sends out a clear message to all in the community that the Methodist church is here for all. Our first same-sex marriage is already booked for June”
The Church Council has also given its consent for services of blessing for same-sex couples who are already married to take place in the church.
The Revd Andy Lowe added, “I would encourage anyone considering marriage or wishing for a blessing to get in touch with us via phone or email or to come to one of our Sunday services where they would receive a warm welcome and could meet our church community and talk to me after the service over a cup of coffee.”