In both supporting and speaking for families who are in interchurch or mixed marriages we provide a range of services and opportunities:
Does the fact that you and your partner come from different church traditions (or denominations) cause you concerns or difficulties? When faced with couples who belong to different churches some ministers or priests can be unsure about how far their own church allows the “other partner” to be involved in services such as marriage, baptism or communion.
Interchurch families bring Christian Unity to life and have been called ‘the human face of ecumenism’ – something that Pope John Paul II recognised when he told them in 1982 during a visit to Britain, ‘You live in your marriage the hopes and difficulties of the path to Christian unity’.
From its early days the Association of Interchurch Families has been curious about the situation of interchurch families in other countries. The Roman Catholic Church is a worldwide church and so we recognised that it was important to work internationally as well as nationally.
One of our central purposes as a membership association is to provide opportunities for members to come together for mutual support, to learn from each other and from guest speakers and, most importantly, to pray and worship together.
The Association provides a range of events open to members and to anyone wanting to learn more about the experience of interchurch families and other Christian traditions as well engage in ecumenism across the UK. This site also features links to external events run by our interchurch and ecumenical partners both nationally and internationally. If you would like more information about an Association for Interchurch Families event and cannot find it on this site please contact the office directly.