As Methodists we believe all people are equal in God’s eyes, all people are made unique and precious, in the image of God, and all people are included within the gracious love of God, because we are all children of God. 
If you are considering having your wedding at Shildon Methodist Church, please contact our Minister who will be delighted to discuss this with you. You can contact Rev David Payne by telephone on 01388 778207 or by email at If you leave a telephone message for the Minister please mention in your message that your enquiry relates to Shildon Methodist Church.

Wherever possible we will try to hold the wedding on your preferred date, but that may not always be possible, so it is important to discuss your wedding plans with the Minister before making arrangements for the reception. If either of you are divorced this does not in itself prevent you from marrying again. 

Marriage is a special and important event in the lives of the two people involved; it marks a new chapter in their life together. When that marriage takes place in church, we meet in the presence of God, and ask God’s blessing on that marriage; the vows are made publicly in the presence of family and friends. It is a significant event that, “no one should enter into lightly or selfishly”, but it is also a joyful celebration of the love and commitment between two people. We wish you God’s blessings as you prepare for your big day and for the many years of marriage that will follow. 

Shildon Methodist Church is now registered for the solemnization of same-sex marriages.  
In June 2021 the Methodist Conference passed a motion that give consent in principle to the marriage of same-sex couples on Methodist premises. The Conference decision followed consideration of a report on marriage and relationships, ‘God in Love Unites Us’, received by the Conference in 2019.  
Following the Conference decision, a Special Church Council meeting of Shildon Methodist Church decided the Church would apply to register for the solemnization of same-sex marriages under section 43A of the Marriage Act 1949. It was also decided that the Minister for the Church, Reverend David Payne, be certified to the Registrar General and the Superintendent Registrar as the Authorised Person to be present at the marriages of same-sex couples in our Church, in accordance with Section 43B of the Marriage Act 1949. 
In March 2022, the Church received confirmation from the General Register Office that Shildon Methodist Church has been registered for the solemnization of marriages of same-sex, as well as heterosexual, couples.