Lancaster Methodist Church can conduct same sex marriages after momentous decision at Methodist Conference

Lancaster Methodist Church will be able to conduct same sex marriages after a vote at the Methodist Conference to authorise them within Methodist buildings.

Wednesday, 7th July 2021, 12:30 pm

Lancaster Methodist Church Council welcomed the decision of the Methodist Conference and will seek the legal authority and appropriate registration with the register office to enable the marriages at their premises on Scotforth Road and at The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street.

Following the decision, Revd Steve Charman (Methodist Minister for Lancaster) said: “Lancaster Methodist Church is part of the Inclusive Church Network and we are delighted that we will be able to conduct and celebrate the marriages of same-sex couples.”

Any couples interested in getting married should visit the website for further details hereA report on marriage and relationships, ‘God in Love Unites Us’, was received by the Conference which was held recently in Birmingham.

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Lancaster Methodist Church on Scotforth Road, Lancaster. Church officials hope the first same-sex weddings in Methodist chapels will take place in the autumn.
Lancaster Methodist Church on Scotforth Road, Lancaster. Church officials hope the first same-sex weddings in Methodist chapels will take place in the autumn.

Following prayerful consideration and consultation, the Methodist Conference (national decision-making body of The Methodist Church) voted on the issues of loving relationships, living together and same sex marriage.

As a result, same sex marriages will be permitted in Methodist Churches, conducted by Methodist ministers.

A range of views were expressed on the resolutions, in particular on cohabitation and same sex marriages.

Speakers called for unity. Other speakers spoke of the acceptance of diversity that younger Church members have for each other with younger speakers relating their own lived experience as Christians from the LGBTQI+ community.

The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster, where same sex marriages could be held. Picture: Google Street View.

Following the vote on the resolutions the Revd Sonia Hicks (President of the Conference) said: "The debate today and our wider conversation has been conducted with grace and mutual respect. As we move forward together after this historic day for our Church, we must remember to continue to hold each other in prayer, and to support each other respecting our differences.”

Same-sex marriage is not allowed in the Church of England or the Roman Catholic Church.

However it is welcomed in the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Reformed Church and the Quakers in Britain.

The Methodist Church is Britain's fourth largest Christian denomination with about 164,000 members across more than 4,000 churches.

Church officials hope the first same-sex weddings in Methodist chapels will take place in the autumn.