Mark Smith

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We believe in the value of marriage and secure family units.

We see in the Bible how God values committed relationships, and marriage is the best way to express covenant commitment. At River of Life, we encourage healthy marriages, through conducting weddings, The Marriage Course and couples evenings, where husbands and wives can help each other through many aspects of relationships – communication, sex, parenting, finances, disagreements, in-laws etc.

Mark Smith, our Senior Pastor, is appointed as the approved marriage celebrant for the River of Life Church, assisted by Paula Floyd. They are available to conduct marriage ceremonies in Dumfries, Gretna Green and venues around Dumfriesshire. They are delighted to help couples marry in the sight of God and man, even if they’re not Church-goers.

Click here for a typical marriage ceremony. This is a starting point; Mark, as your Wedding Minster, is happy to create a ceremony which reflects the things couples want to say to each other.

Many couples are reluctant to book a minister for their wedding, thinking that if they’re not religious, it would be hypocritical to ask a minister to marry them in a ‘religious’ ceremony. Some couples think a minister may be condescending or distant towards someone who is not a Church-goer. The reality is far from that!

Mark’s approach isn’t alien or uncomfortable and the ceremony uses meaningful language, giving couples the chance to modify and make it just the way they want. People can take photographs or video through the service and he likes to make it fun – so everyone can enjoy those really significant moments. A typical ceremony takes 10 to 15 minutes, and can be tailored to your specific desires.

He also conducts marriage blessing/renewal of vows ceremonies, baby blessing/naming etc.

If you’re interested in having Mark or Paula help you get married in Dumfriesshire, or if you’d like more information on what the River of Life can offer to enrich your marriage or family, please contact Pastor Mark Smith on 01387 830229, 07710 111727 or mark@riveroflife.org.uk.