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Weddings at the Church

Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God,

and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Whoever does not love does not know God; for God is love.

Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another,

God lives in us and his love is perfected in us. I John 4:7-8,10

As you plan your wedding you are embarking on one of the most joyous and fulfilling journeys of your life. It also will be one of the most challenging.

As a congregation we want to do everything possible to make your preparation an enriching experience. We also want to help fulfill your own dreams for this very special day in your life.

Wedding Guidelines have been developed to answer many of your questions about weddings at the Church and to aid in your decision-making. These guidelines can be e-mailed to you or given to you during your initial visit to the Church. Selected information from the guidelines is printed below.


Worship Space: The Sanctuary (capacity 650) or Chapel (capacity 65) may be used by a member of the Church (or by his/her immediate family) or by a non-member. There is a charge for using either worship center.

Wedding Dates and Times: The scheduling of a wedding is at the sole discretion of the church. Normally, weddings are held on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Permission for a wedding time outside these parameters must be given by the Pastor.

Wedding Officiant: One of the church’s Pastors will officiate at the ceremony.  It is possible for the officiating Pastor to invite a minister from another church to assist in the wedding.

Pre-marital Counseling: Premarital counseling sessions are required with the officiating Pastor. These are intended to assist couples in their preparation for marriage, provide time and plan the wedding ceremony. The content of the wedding is discussed during these sessions with the Pastor.

Wedding Content The format and content of the wedding will be discussed during the counseling sessions with the Pastor. The bridal couple will be provided with a variety of wedding resources to personalize the ceremony.

Music Like all music in Christian worship, music in a wedding ceremony helps create a reverent atmosphere and expresses the faith of the church. The music is not intended to entertain the guests, but to glorify God. Because of this, no popular or show music can be used. All music selected, and any soloists and instrumentalists employed, must be coordinated by the church's Organist.

Reception: A wedding reception may be held in the church building for an additional fee. The consumption of alcohol is prohibited on church grounds, nor is smoking permitted inside the church.

For more information, contact the Church Office.

Church Office

8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Thursday
8:30 to 1:30 Friday
Telephone: (313) 822-3456
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