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Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family and is a civil contract between a man and a woman. For Christians, marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage, a lifelong commitment is made by a man and a woman to each other publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.
It is further policy of this Church, in accordance with Scripture and the Confessions, that the property of this Church shall not be used for any marriage service or in any other Rite of Union other than for the marriage of a man and woman as authorized in Scripture and the Confessions; nor shall any Teaching Elder of this Church engage in conducting such services at any location while maintaining an official capacity with this Church.
Preparing for Marriage
In preparation for the marriage service, the minister shall provide for a discussion with the man and the woman concerning:
- the nature of their Christian commitment, assuring that at least one is a professing Christian;
- the legal requirements of the state;
- the privileges and responsibilities of Christian marriage;
- the nature and form of the marriage service;
- the vows and commitments they will be asked to make;
- the relationship of these commitments to their lives of discipleship;
- the resources of the faith and the Christian community to assist them in fulfilling their marriage commitments.
This discussion is equally important in the case of a first marriage, a marriage after the death of a spouse, and a marriage following divorce.
For more information about getting married at First Presbyterian Church, please read in full the church's Wedding Policy.