CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND PLANS TO BE MARRIED!
At Immanuel, we are committed to God’s design for marriage as described in the Bible. We believe a church wedding is a joyful experience of Christian worship in which the service of Holy Matrimony is conducted in an atmosphere of reverence for God.
We believe that Christian marriage is a sacred covenant relationship, between one man and one woman, designed and ordained by God from the creation of the world, and its significance is emphasized repeatedly in Scripture (e.g. Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18, 21-24). In Mark 10:6-9 Jesus said, “… at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (See also Matthew 19:4-6) In this passage our Lord Jesus clearly affirms God’s design for the religious covenant of marriage as being a holy covenant between one man and one woman in relationship with God. In illustrating the deep relationship of Christ with His bride, the Church, God also chose the analogy of the marriage relationship (Ephesians 5). Therefore, Immanuel will only perform or host weddings, marriage ceremonies, or any ceremonies of union that fit our understanding of the sacred covenant of marriage.
In light of the biblical significance and responsibilities intended by God for marriage, it is essential that the church take seriously its participation in a marriage, as well as its responsibility in helping couples in preparation. We are glad you are considering Immanuel as a place for your wedding ceremony.
As a first step, please download and read our Handbook of Wedding Policies. We believe the principles in this handbook are consistent with God’s Word, and they reflect the high standard to which God will hold a man and woman as they commit themselves to one another in marriage. Any couple who wishes to be married at Immanuel must carefully read, and agree to all the terms and conditions of this wedding policy in order to use our facilities and / or pastoral staff for your wedding.
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