As a church of Jesus Christ, we are responsible to God for our actions. We must maintain a clear conscience (I Timothy 1:19) before God
as well as the state of Pennsylvania in the matter of uniting a man and woman together in Holy Matrimony. Below are the general marriage
policies that we adhere to at St. John’s (Burry’s) Church, the basis of these can be found in Genesis 2:23-25 and 1 Corinthians 7.
All scheduling of wedding dates must be done through the Church Secretary/Office Manager. The secretary will confirm that the date is available and forward the requested date with the application to the President of Church Council for approval. No dates should be considered to be “in stone” until the Church Council gives their approval.
On the final page of this document is the formal application for a wedding at St. John’s (Burry’s) Church. Said application should be completely filled out and mailed, faxed, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org to be forwarded to the Church Council for approval. No weddings will be performed or approved without the permission of the Senior Pastor and the Church Council.
As noted above, couples being married at St. John’s (Burry’s) Church are expected to attend at least four (4) counseling sessions with the officiating pastor. Counseling sessions should cover the nature of Christian Covenantal marriage, the establishment of a Christ-Centered home, Biblical models of marriages as well as teachings on marriage, and how conflict is to be worked through in a Christ-honoring way. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed to work though and iron out specific details related to the service. If the officiating pastor is a guest, not affiliated with St. John’s (Burry’s) Church, one (1) additional premarital counseling session is required with a pastor from St. John’s (Burry’s) Church. This session will broadly cover the importance of a lifetime in covenantal Christian Marriage.
In the event that one or both parties getting married reside outside of the immediate area, it is possible to meet the counseling requirements through technological resources like Skype. It should always be considered preferable to meet face-to-face for matters like this, but it is recognized that sometimes in-person meetings are not readily possible and that technology is available that can circumvent such challenges.
Order of Service:
The order of service for the wedding should be agreed upon by the officiating pastor and the couple. Appended to this document is a general guide to the order of worship, but it should be noted that variations and personalizations are welcomed so long as those variations are reverent and Christ-honoring.
Many couples desire special music or non-traditional variations on the music played at their wedding. It is the policy of St. John’s (Burry’s) Church that all music be approved by the Pastor and Elders beforehand. If the music is a traditional wedding piece or a Christian piece, it will always be approved. If the music is from a secular source, but is to be played without vocals, then in most circumstances it will be approved. Normally secular music that includes secular vocals would not be considered acceptable for use in a worship service, but will be considered by the Pastor and Elders on a case by case basis. In any case, music should be presented to the Senior Pastor at St. John’s (Burry’s) Church as early as possible so that the approval process can be completed in ample time. If our church organ is to be played for the wedding, then our church organist must be hired to play for the wedding.
Decorations and Floral Arrangements:
Decorations are welcome and the pulpit and similar items that are located on the sanctuary stage can be moved into the church office if needed at the direction of the Wedding Coordinator. The Florist or decorator must consult with the Wedding Coordinator prior to the event. Please note that the church sanctuary is not air conditioned, so if flowers are being dropped off the day before during seasons of warm weather, they may need to be stored in the church office. Also, if flowers are being dropped off the day before in the wintertime, they should likewise be kept in the church office so they are not harmed by the cold at night.
Photographs and Videos are welcomed at St. John’s (Burry’s) Church, before, after, and during the wedding service. The only restriction is that photos taken during the service should be taken without the use of a flash. The Photographer and/or Videographer should plan on attending the rehearsal so that they can be oriented as to where they can be when shooting pictures.
St. John’s (Burry’s) Church does have a sound system and two (2) lapel microphones if desired. The officiating pastor will normally have a mic as will an assisting pastor if appropriate. Where only one mic is needed, the second mic may be worn by the groom if desired. If there are soloists performing at the wedding, they should plan to attend the rehearsal so that they can do a sound-check with the audio technician.
If desired, receptions may be held at St. John’s (Burry’s) Church. As with the wedding, this is subject to the approval of the Church Council. The following restrictions apply:
Sanctuary Use:* no charge $350
Wedding Coordinator:* $125 $125
Sexton:* $125 $175
Sound Technician:* $ 75 $ 75
Video Technician: $ 75 $ 75
Organist/Pianist: $100 $100
Pastor: no charge not applicable
* Designates mandatory fees. Other fees are to be paid if said services are used. A single check for the total above should be made out to St. John’s (Burry’s) Church and presented no less than two weeks prior to the wedding. The church Bursar will disperse funds as appropriate. If you would like to make an additional gift to any of the above participants, said gift should be made directly to the individual.
(includes cover-letter, application, and sample order of service)