In Baptism, each Christian is claimed in the covenant of God’s faithful love. Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community. In civil law, marriage is a contract that recognizes the rights and obligations of the married couple in society. In the Reformed tradition, marriage is also a covenant in which God has an active part, and which the community of faith publicly witnesses and acknowledges. The Book of Order, W-4.0601.
The First Presbyterian Church of Glendale extends use of its building and grounds, as a ministry of Christian hospitality, to both members and non-members who wish to be married at the church. There are several fees and guidelines associated with approval and use of the church for weddings.
The process typically involves submitting an initial inquiry and information form to the church office, available at the link below. All wedding requests must first be approved by both the session and minister who reserve the right and prerogative to approve or decline any marriage request for any reason.
Following approval, the minister will arrange a meeting or meetings with the couple prior to the ceremony. A member of FPCG’s Altar Guild will be present at that meeting to assist the couple in wedding planning.
The members of FPCG are pleased to provide a venue to celebrate and affirm God’s gift of marriage and pray God’s blessings on the start of a couple’s life together in covenant with one another and God.