Weddings

The new Knox is a magnificent place for weddings. The Council of Knox Church also has had a long standing commitment to make its church available for civil unions. For information about weddings and civil unions, please contact the church office.

The minister of Knox Church has vast experience in taking weddings.

From Emma:

Matthew married my husband and me in 2013 and I couldn't recommend him strongly enough as a celebrant. He was so wonderful at accommodating our wishes and he helped us create a ceremony that was a suitable balance of formal and relaxed. Throughout the planning and preparation, I felt confident that we were on the same page and that he would deliver what we wanted, which was important for an anxious bride! On the wedding weekend, he was friendly and professional, allaying my nerves. His wisdom and grace were much appreciated.

If you want the minister of Knox Church to marry you

Early in October 2014, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand passed new legislation barring its ministers from “solemnising” the marriages of same sex couples. The council of Knox Church was concerned to learn of this, since its mission statement affirms the full participation in Knox’s life of all people, regardless of their sexuality. Knox affirms the importance of welcoming and treating all people equally. In keeping with its desire to treat all people equally, Knox has decided to adopt the “European model”, whereby all couples wishing to be married by the minister (straight or gay) will attend to the legal aspects of their marriage in a registry office, then come to church for a service of blessing (which will resemble in strong ways a conventional marriage service). This is called the “European model” since this is normal practice in many European countries. Essentially this means that Knox no longer attends to the legal aspects of marriage as an agent of the state, but celebrates its calling to rejoice, pray and note publically the commitment of two people who love each other. Both the minister and council of Knox recognise that this stance presents different-sex couples with a mild administrative inconvenience but an opportunity to express solidarity with those against whose love sectarian religious legislation exists.