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Religion


Christ Church Cathedral is situated in the centre of Stanley on Ross Road and easily visible to cruise passengers as they make their journey to the shore.

Consecrated in 1892 by the first Bishop of the Falkland Islands, Waite Hockin Stirling, Christ Church Cathedral is the most southerly Anglican cathedral in the world. It has a tower with a ring of five bells and stained glass windows from the 19th and 20th century. Inside visitors will discover much about the history of the building and Christianity in the archipelago. Locally stitched needlepoint hassocks depict scenes from around the Islands. The pipe organ is still played regularly at services and special occasions including services to commemorate Liberation Day (14th June), Remembrance Sunday (nearest Sunday to 11th November) and Battle Day (8th December). Parades are held in Stanley on each of these days as well as the Queen's Birthday (21st April).

St. Mary's Catholic Church, built in 1899, is an attractive example of a Victorian kit building, located on Ross Road opposite the Standard Chartered Bank. The coloured glass windows create a peaceful atmosphere inside. Behind the main building is the church hall which houses occasional exhibitions.

The Tabernacle, built in 1891/2 as a place for non-conformist worship, now the United Free Church, is another Victorian kit building, situated on Barrack Street.

These three Christian churches hold Sunday Services, mid-week prayer groups and mass. Service times are:

Christ Church Cathedral: (Further details tel +500 21100).
Services held every Sunday at -
8am - Holy Communion
10am - Morning service
7pm - Evening Service

St Mary's Catholic Church (Further details tel +500 21204).
Services held at -
9am weekdays - Mass
5pm Saturday - Mass
10am Sunday - Mass

Tabernacle Free Church: (Further details tel +500 21506).
Services held every Sunday at -
10am - Morning Service
7pm - Evening Service

Other faith groups are also represented in the Islands. The Bahá'í Faith has an active local community. Information on meetings is available at www.bahai.fk or tel. +500 21393 / 21031.


Weddings


The remote and somewhat exotic nature of the Falkland Islands makes them a memorable location for weddings and honeymoons. The Islands offer unspoilt natural scenery and a distinctive setting for the most special of days. Couples can choose outdoor locations with backdrops of brilliant white sand beaches, wildlife colonies, or a historic monument or building. Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, Darwin corral and Volunteer Point are attractive places chosen by Island residents. Indoor weddings can be conducted in one of Stanley's churches and in some hotels, restaurants and bars. Outside Stanley possibilities include a combination of indoor and outdoor locations. Contact accommodation providers to find out more about what can be offered. Darwin also has a beautiful stone building named the "Galpon" in which receptions can be arranged, often in combination with a ceremony in the corral.

Those wishing to get married in the Falkland Islands should contact the Registrar General (+500 27272) in the first instance to check if preferred dates are available, and what paperwork is required for their nationality.

 

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