Ceremonies
Marriage ceremonies conducted in Bethel Church are services of Christian worship. Christian marriage is proclaimed as a sacred covenant reflecting the Baptismal Covenant. Everything about the service is designed to witness that this is a Christian marriage.
Capacity
Bethel Church can only seat 120 persons comfortably. Any wedding larger than 120 persons must have prior approval of the pastor.
Officiant
The pastor of the church shall conduct all weddings performed in the church but may, on occasion, invite another pastor to assist him with the service. All weddings must be scheduled with the pastor.
Counseling
The pastor will conduct at least three counseling sessions with couples prior to the wedding. The pastor is in charge of the service and will try to meet the couple’s expectations for their wedding. Alternative vows are subject to the approval of the pastor. Wedding directors or consultants, if used, must defer to the pastor.
Fees and Marriage License
All fees and the marriage license should be provided to the pastor at the third counseling session. The wedding will not be performed unless the pastor has physical possession of the license before the rehearsal.
Alcohol
There will be no alcoholic beverages permitted on the grounds and none served at receptions held on church property. Any member of the wedding party considered by the pastor to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.
Furnishings
Church furnishings may not be moved without the pastor’s specific approval.
Music
Music arrangements may be made with the Church Music Director, Joan Bacot. All alternative music arrangements must be discussed with and approved by the pastor.
Flowers
Florists are asked to respect the church’s furniture and not tack or adhere floral arrangements in such a manner as to deface the church’s furniture.
Photography and Videotaping
Photography or videotaping of the service is permitted if arranged with the pastor prior to the service. However, the use of flash or external light sources during the service is prohibited.
Candles
If candelabra are used, plastic shall be placed on the floor to catch any melted wax. Unity candles or candles other than the ones on the communion table are the responsibility of the participants.
Bulletins
Bulletins which provide an order of worship and details concerning the service will be prepared by the pastor, if requested. The purchase of bulletin covers with specific designs is the responsibility of the participants.
Members
Members of Bethel Church will be given priority use of the church.
Scheduling
All couples are asked to schedule the wedding date at least three months in advance in order to avoid scheduling conflicts and allow time for counseling.