Marriage

A Statement on the Gift of Marriage

God created us male and female, and gave us marriage so that husband and wife may help and comfort each other, living faithfully together in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, throughout all their days.

God gave us marriage for the full expression of the love between a man and a woman. In marriage a woman and a man belong to each other, and with affection and tenderness freely give themselves to each other.

God gave us marriage for the well-being of human society, for the ordering of family life, and for the birth and nurture of children.

God gave us marriage as a holy mystery in which a man and a woman are joined together, and become one, just as Christ is one with the church.

In marriage, husband and wife are called to a new way of life, created, ordered, and blessed by God. This way of life must not be entered into carelessly, or from selfish motives, but responsibility, and prayerfully.

We rejoice that marriage is given by God, blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ, and sustained by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, let marriage be held in honor by all. Book of Common Worship, 1990

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.

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