Congratulations!We rejoice and celebrate with you as you prepare for your new life together. Marriage is one of Godís wonderful gifts to us. God instituted marriage at creation and Jesus indicated that he approved of this way of life by His first miracle, which took place at a wedding. We want to help those who wish to have a great marriage begin in the best way possible by preparing for a wonderful wedding!
Should I get married in the church?
This may sound like a strange question. However, before reading further in this guide, it is one you should seriously consider. You should be able to say,
* We are both Christians who desire to make a marriage covenant with one another and with God.
* We want our wedding to be a service of worship in which we thank God and ask His blessings on our marriage.
* We are committing ourselves to each other for the rest of our lives.
* We intend to live our married life in the community of the faithful (the Church).
* We are inviting God to be a partner in our marriage.
If you cannot make these commitments with integrity, you would be better served choosing another setting for your wedding.
If you can make these commitments with integrity, we want to assist you in making your church wedding a wonderful experience of Christian worship. This guide is designed to help you prepare for the worship service which will serve to unite you together as husband and wife for the rest of your earthly days.
1. Familarize yourself with the complete list of policies and fees (see below) for a wedding to be held at First Baptist Church.
2. The church building and grounds are available on a first come, first served basis to members (bride, groom or one of their parents) and staff. The Sanctuary will seat up to 325 people. The Fellowship Hall can accommodate no more than 250 people. Reservations for non-members may be made no more than six months and no less than six weeks in advance.
3. Reservations are to be made through the Administrative Assistant. Please do not proceed with your wedding plans until you have turned in your completed reservation forms, paid a security deposit, and confirmed the date with the Church Office. Once your reservation is made, you will be assigned a church Wedding Hostess, who will coordinate your use of the church and work with your vendors.
4. Holiday weekends are excluded for weddings. These include Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the week of Christmas, and New Yearís Day.
5. Completing the reservation forms (see below) and payment of a refundable security deposit of $200.00 (dated the day of your event) is required to reserve the Sanctuary and/or Fellowship Hall/Kitchen.
6. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions outlined in this guide will result in the cancellation of your wedding and/or the forfeit of your security deposit.