Weddings at Community Presbyterian Church

Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage in­volves a unique commitment be­tween two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community.                      

                                    — Book of Order W-4.9001

 

 

If you are interested in being married at Community Presbyterian Church, we have created a brochure with some details regarding who can be married at the church and the fees involved. It can be downloaded below.  As soon as you decide you would like to book your wedding at the church, please call or stop by the office to check on the date availability. In order to book your date, we require the security deposit to be paid at the same time and a brief building use request form to be completed. The form is available to download and print below. If you have any questions that are not answered in the brochure, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 417-546-2584. We look forward to sharing in your big day!

Wedding policy brochure: wedding brochure

Building Use Request Form: weddings-building use request

 

The information in the brochure is as follows:

Congratulations to you both on your decision to marry! We’re happy that you’re considering Community Presbyterian Church for your wedding. What follows are the questions most asked by engaged couples. Our guidelines have evolved over time and are not meant to be restrictive, but to answer your questions about what is appropriate for a Christian wedding ceremony. Planning a wedding can be a stressful activity. We hope these guidelines help to answer your questions early on, so you can both fully enjoy your day when it comes.

Who May be Married at Community Presbyterian Church?

Christian marriage is a covenantal act between two (2) people, traditionally a man and a woman, who in the presence of God and God’s people, commit themselves to each other in body and spirit.  While we are very accommodating of non-members, ideally the couple is expected to be an active part of Community Presbyterian, or at the least, be active in another church. All weddings held at the church have to be approved by the pastor and the session.

Who may conduct a wedding at Community Presbyterian Church?

The expectation is that the pastor conducts all marriage/wedding services at the church. If a couple desires someone else to assist in the service, this is up to the discretion of the pastor and session.

Will there be Pre-Marital Counseling?

Our church requires counseling with the Pastor. This is usually accomplished in two to three sessions. The focus of the meetings is to help the couple explore their coming marriage relationship more fully, and the nature of the institution of Holy Matrimony.

Who selects the Music?

The musical offerings in the Wedding Service are selected and arranged in consultation with the Pastor and the Pianist/Organist. In addition to the Wedding service, the organist also attends the rehearsal. Should there be interest in having guest musicians participate in the service, these individuals and their musical selections are also arranged in consultation with the Pastor. The fees for guest musicians are negotiated by the couple and paid directly to those individuals.

When is the Rehearsal?
The Wedding Rehearsal is usually the afternoon or evening before the wedding, at a time agreed to with the Pastor. It usually takes about an hour. This should also be scheduled when scheduling the wedding. All members of the wedding party should attend.

How may the Church be Decorated?

Local florists are already familiar with the church. In addition, your florist is welcome to visit the church prior to the wedding. On the day of the wedding, the florist will be granted access to the church no more than two hours in advance of the ceremony. In general, flowers will he placed beside or in front of the communion table in vases or containers and the pews may be decorated. Artificial flower petals may be strewn inside the church provided they are swept up by the party. No real petals. All candles must be drip-less.

What about Photography and Videography?

The photographer should consult with the Pastor. Any part of the service can be recreated before or after the service. Pictures taken before the service must be completed at least half an hour before worship begins.

What Documents are Necessary?

A Missouri marriage license must be obtained prior to your wedding date. (For more information visit http://www.co.taney.mo.us/cgi-bin/County/index.cgi?department=18)  You are to give the license to the pastor prior to your wedding rehearsal.  Your witnesses and the pastor will sign the license on your wedding day.

What is expected of the wedding party?

We’re glad to offer you the use of the building for your ceremony and reception, but we do ask your compliance in helping to keep the church  in perfect shape for future use. We require that you supervise children at all times. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on church property. No food or drink may be taken out of the Fellowship Hall. Cleaning of any church property used for a reception is the responsibility of the wedding party.  The main responsibility of our custodian is the cleaning of the building. For Saturday afternoon/evening events, the building must be completely vacated by 5:00 p.m. in order to allow our custodial staff adequate time to prepare the church for Sunday services.

Breakdown of Fees:

Use of the Sanctuary: $275

Use of Fellowship Hall: $275

Refundable Security Deposit: $200

Pianist/Organist Fee: $75

Pastor’s Fee: $150