Marriage Proposal Ceremony

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Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

MARRIAGE CEREMONY PROPOSAL
Policies and Procedures

Presented to Dr. William Brown

In Partial Fulfillment

Of the requirements

In course

DSMN 505

Church Administration

By:

Lynchburg, VA

February 8, 2013

MARRIAGE CEREMONY PROPOSAL
Policies and Procedures

Rationale: With 2 in 4 Oakland California residents getting married it is imperative that the local church be there to administer a Christian wedding ceremony. This ceremony will provide a necessary element to the community and act a bridge to witness to unbelievers.

All Welcome

Community Christian Church chapel is available to all persons in the Oakland area. No church membership is needed. Church members have priority when it comes to a scheduling. Community will not perform wedding ceremonies for questionable persons or homosexuals.

Community Christian Church Minister

Persons wishing to be married on campus at Community Church must have a licensed Community Staff member officiate the wedding ceremony. This means ministers and official from other churches or organization can not officiate weddings at the Community Church Chapel.

Ceremony Scheduling

Generally speaking, wedding ceremonies in the Community Church Chapel are subject to the availability of the facility only when programs or activities of the church are not scheduled. However, church members can contact the Wedding Coordinator and asked to be placed on the church’s official calendar and the church will honor the requested wedding date. The church member must make arrangement with the Wedding Coordinator at least 30 days in advance.

Pre-Marital Counseling

Inspired by a Texas law called Twogether for Ever Community Church is requiring all persons who desire to be married in the Community Church Chapel to go through a mandatory pre-marital counseling class. The class is 4 weeks in duration and is held every Saturday for eight hours. Persons who do not which to be married at the chapel but want a Community Church Member to officiate the ceremony off campus must attend the pre-marital class. Couples must attend the class together. Upon completion of the class the couple will receive a certificate of completion which will enable them to be married by a Community Church minister.

The required readings for the class are:

Marriage Built upon the Rock by Mike Williamson
The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, Les and Leslie Parrot

The Seven Principles for Making Your Marriage Work, John Gottman

Before You Say I Do, H. Norman Wright

Wedding Format

TRADITIONAL ORDER OF SERVICE

Mothers Escorted to Light Unity Candle

Minister, Groom and Best Man Enter

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Enter

Maid of Honor Enters

Ring Bearer Enters

Flower Girl Enters

Bridge Escorted by her Father

Presentation of the Bride

Minister’s Exhortation

Exchange of Vows and Rings

Communion

Unity Candle

Blessing of Bride and Groom

Introduction of Mr. and Mrs.

Recessional
Wedding Rules and Restrictions

General Conduct Rules

• No Smoking or Drinking inside of Chapel or around church Facilities • No ironing or ironing boards allowed
• Rice, confetti, bird seed, flowers petal, or any other materials may be dropped on thrown inside of the chapel or the church facilities. Only artificial flowers petals maybe used.

Flowers and Decorations

• All Florists must sign an agreement to adhere to decorations rules. • Flowers must be in place one hour before the ceremony begins • No wire, nails, tacks, staples, or tape maybe used to secure decorations anywhere. • All decoration and flowers must be removed immediately after the wedding ceremony. • Floral arraignment located on church premises can not be used or moved during the private ceremonies. • These...
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