At St. John's Church, we believe that marriage is a sacrament, and that every marriage has a ministry to the world. Consequently, we rejoice every time we hear of a wedding; and by the very same token, we take weddings very seriously. Thus, while we hasten to make our church available for weddings which take place within the context of our community and our worship, we do not make our church available to rent for weddings.
This does not necessarily mean that only members of St. John’s can be married here. It does mean that our expectations of the couple are high. We expect those who marry here to be consistent in their practice of Christian worship. No wedding will be performed at St. John’s Church until the couple has completed at least six weeks of pre-marital counseling. The liturgy we use for weddings employs powerful language to describe the commitment that the bride and groom make to each other, and firmly locates their marriage within the Body of Christ. We would not want any couple to use that liturgy for their wedding unless they are fully prepared to participate in that liturgy and repeat its vows honestly and with integrity.
For more information about weddings at St. John’s, Troy, contact Fr. Steve at email@example.com.