Wedding Policy

A wedding is a rite of passage for couples who are seeking marriage. We believe a wedding is also a covenant between two persons, and by being married in a church, your marriage becomes a public expression of your faithfulness to one another. St. John’s United Church of Christ openly shares its facilities with any couple who is anticipating a Christian service of marriage.

St. John’s UCC serves the community by providing a sacred and special place for services of Christian Marriage. It is our hope that couples who are wed at St. John’s will create a relationship with the congregation; in turn, the congregation will maintain a long-term relationship through worship, sacrament and family activity.

Those who are members of St. John’s have first priority to reserve a time and date for their wedding. Plans should be made at least six months in advance in order to clear the church calendar.

Non-members are welcome to use the services of St. John’s. Membership is not required; however, we encourage all married couples to be part of a local congregation. To reserve a date on the church calendar, a deposit is required at the time of application. Cancellation of the wedding date will result in forfeiture of the deposit during the 90-day period prior to the wedding.

All wedding requests should be made directly to the pastor of St. John’s. The pastor will help plan the wedding service, provide counsel and coordinate the wedding service. Other ministers are invited to participate in the wedding ceremony at the consent of the pastor of St. John’s.

When an organist is requested, it is expected that St. John’s organist will play. The organist should be contacted at least three months prior to the wedding service for music selection and accompaniment of soloists.

Space is provided to the bridal party for dressing and make-up. Church furnishings and rooms should be treated with respect, and all areas are to be restored to the condition in which they were found.

St. John’s is not responsible for articles lost or stolen, and the wedding party is responsible for damage to church property or furnishings.

FEES: The following fees are due at least 10 days prior to your wedding date.

Deposit – $100 (Required at the time of booking)
Church – $100
Pastor  – $125
Organist – $100
Custodian – $50

Note: The throwing of rice, confetti or bird seed is discouraged. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.