This service of Christian marriage is provided for couples who wish to solemnize their marriage in a service of Christian worship, parallel in its structure to the Sunday service, which includes the proclamation of the Word with prayer and praise. Christian marriage is proclaimed as a sacred covenant reflecting Christ’s covenant with the church. Everything about the service is designed to witness that this is a Christian marriage.
Both words and actions consistently reflect the belief that husband and wife are equal partners in Christian marriage and that they are entering into the marriage of their own volition.
Those present are understood to be an active congregation rather than simply passive witnesses. They give their blessing to the couple and to the marriage, and they join in prayer and praise.
Holy Communion may or may not be celebrated. If it is, it is most important that its significance be made clear. Specifically: 1. The marriage rite is included in a Service of Word and Table. 2. Not only the husband and wife but the whole congregation are to be invited to receive Communion. It is our tradition to invite all Christians to the Lord’s table. 3. There should be no pressure that would embarrass those who for whatever reason do not choose to receive Communion.
- The Church Organist shall be paid between $125-250 depending on level of involvement
- Use of the Sanctuary for non-members shall be $550
- Pastoral services for non-members (including pre-marital counseling, rehearsal and wedding) shall be $400
*Member is defined as either
of the principles, parents, grandparents, or aunts/uncles being an active
SUMC member, then the wedding is considered a “member” wedding.
The fees for the Church and the Pastor may be paid for by separate checks. Please make both checks out to the “Shelburne United Methodist Church”.