Parish of North West Lochaber

Church of Scotland



A growing number of people choose to be married in one of the Churches within the Parish of North West Lochaber.

If you are considering getting married within the Parish then please contact the minister and arrange a time to meet with him.


A Christian Understanding of Marriage

The statement at the beginning of the marriage service in the 'Book of Common Order' (1994) starts with three affirmations about marriage.


1. It affirms our faith in the presence and power of Jesus Christ, God's only son . He who once was at the marriage in Cana of Galilee is present now with power at every Christian marriage.


2. It affirms that marriage has been part of God's plan for the human race since the beginning of creation.  Jesus emphasised this in his teaching.


3. It affirms that through the renewal of the Holy Spirit, husband and wife can love each other as Christ loves them in the same way He loves His Church.


Because marriage has its foundations in God, it is to be undertaken with faith, reverence and dedication, in the light of God's purposes.  The statement in the marriage service points us to four purposes underlying in the institution of marriage:-


1. Lifelong companionship, comfort and joy between husband and wife.

2. The enjoyment of a complete physical union between man and woman.  Sex is a gift of God - the expression of a total and lifelong commitment between husband and wife.

3. The safeguarding of family life.  Children are God's gifts.  They are entitled to security and love, within a household built on a true marriage.

4.  The well being of human society, which depends for its stability on citizens upholding the marriage bond.


It is in the light of these beliefs that you make your vows to each other before God.  For Christians, marriage is not simply a human contract; it is one of the Creator's great gifts to God's children.  It is through God's grace that "the two shall become one flesh" and we find our own separate identities greatly enriched in the long process of growing together as one.


The Kirk Session and Minister of the Parish are pleased that you are considering being married in the Parish.  If you are already a member of the Congregation we hope that you find great joy in your being a member.  If you are not a member of the Congregation we hope that you will always feel that a warm welcome awaits you here, in Arisaig or Mallaig each Sunday when we meet to join in Christ's worship to His Father.