"In the presence of God"
The order for the Service of Christian Marriage is taken from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
This service is considered an act of Christian worship, and should normally be held in the place where the community of faith gathers for worship. Our Service of Christian marriage is a specifically Christian act, distinguished alike from a civil ceremony or a rite of a non-Christian organization or religion. The Pastor, authorized by the Church to officiate at this sacred service, instructs the congregation in the first sentence of the service that our gathering together is “in the presence of God.”
Independent Presbyterian Church
As a service of Christian Worship, the marriage service is under the direction of the minister and the supervision of the Session.
Applications for use of Independent Presbyterian Church for a wedding will be made with the receptionist. Fees are payable at the time reservations are made. Facilities are available to active members, children of active members or grandchildren of active members. Active members will be charged a $1,100.00 fee for the sanctuary or $900.00 fee for the chapel at the time the wedding is scheduled. This fee covers a basic wedding with the following services; coordinator, organist, acolyte, housekeeping and security services, premarital counseling and candles.
Members will not be charged if the wedding is scheduled between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the week, no receptions will be hosted.
All wedding receptions are under the direction of the Food Service Manager. A completed application with a check for $1,000 is payable at the time the reception is scheduled.
For information about weddings at Independent Presbyterian Church, contact Nancy Skinner, 205.933.3703, firstname.lastname@example.org