We are happy that you are considering The Little Church in the Pines as the place for your wedding. It is our prayer that this day will be a beautiful and cherished memory for each member of both families and their friends.
This church is for everyone who desires what a Christian Church has to offer. We would have you remember that a church wedding is a Christian worship ceremony, not just a social event. It is a service of worship to God, in whose presence, two people enter into a lifetime covenant with each other and God. The service, the music, and all that is said and done must be consistent with the Christian Faith.
Please keep in mind that our goal is to do Marriages and not Weddings at The Little Church in the Pines.
We would like you to take a moment and read our church Statement of Faith. You can find it on this web page under “Who We Are”. It is essential that you agree to that statement, for us to have your ceremony in our facility.
It is recommended that you schedule your wedding with us 60-90 days in advance. Many activities take place at our church, and much planning is involved in scheduling a wedding.
Pre-Marital counseling is required and a minimum of three sessions of 2 hours each will be needed. Counseling sessions need to be scheduled early on in your planning by contacting our Pastor at (559) 977-7378
An outside pastor may be used, if he is the pastor of the church you are a member in. He must also agree to our “Statement of Faith”. He will be required to do the pre-marital counseling and he must be approved by our wedding pastor. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Our wedding coordinator, JoAnne Vollmer can be reached at 559-642-3243 for any other questions you may have.
PLEASE LOOK AT OUR WEDDING FORM:
***Wedding Pre-Questionnaire *** (Downloadable PDF file)
The Downloadable file is in error….Please Mail completed form to church office
The Little Church in the Pines Marriage Policy
Marriage is a union ordained by God. It was first instituted by God in the early chapters of Genesis, codified in the Levitical law, the Old Testament prophets compared it to a relationship between God and His people, examples of it are in the historical narratives, and, the wisdom literature discusses the unique unity of this relationship. Jesus explained the original intention and core elements of marriage, and several New Testament Epistles give explicit instructions on this union. Marriage is a typology of Christ and the Church. As such, the Church views marriage as a profound spiritual institution established by God. Due to the importance of marriage in the biblical witness, this church adopts the following policy.
Only duly ordained clergy shall officiate at marriage ceremonies conducted on church property.
Clergy employed by the church shall be subject to dismissal and/or loss of ordination for officiating a same gender marriage ceremony.
Applicants wishing to have a ceremony performed by a member of the clergy employed by the church, or to use the church facilities, shall affirm their agreement with the Statement of Faith and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith.
Applicants shall receive a minimum of six (6) hours of premarital counseling by clergy or counselors employed by the church or other persons who, in the sole opinion of the pastoral staff of the church, have appropriate training, experience, and spiritual understanding to provide such counseling.
Any marriage performed on church premises shall by officiated by a member of the clergy.
Clergy officiating marriage ceremonies on church premises whether or not employed by the church, shall affirm their agreement with the Statement of Faith and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith.
The clergy assigned by the church to implement the procedures contained in this Marriage Policy may, in his or her sole discretion, decline to officiate at, a ceremony when, in his or her judgment, there are significant concerns that one or both of the applicants may not be qualified to enter into the sacred bond of marriage for theological, doctrinal, moral or legal reasons.