We at Old First Reformed United Church of Christ want you to know how pleased we are that you are considering our church for your marriage ceremony. Marriages are very special services of worship for the couple, for their families and friends, and for the church. We are concerned with making sure that this worship service will be a significant, sacred moment in your lives as well as appropriate for your beliefs and the beliefs of this church…
In accordance with Old First’s Open and Affirming Policy, we marry all couples, without regard to the gender or state laws that do not recognize their marriages. In our speaking about weddings, the words “wedding” or “marriage” refer equally to homosexual, transgender and heterosexual couples.
The United Church of Christ’s Book of Worship reminds us that: “The essence of marriage is a covenanted commitment that has its foundation in the faithfulness of God’s love. The marriage ceremony is the glad occasion on which two people unite as partners in the mutual exchange of covenant promises. The minister acts as an official representative of the church and gives the marriage the church’s blessing. The congregation joins in witnessing and affirming the marriage and in offering support and thanksgiving for the new family.”
To help you plan for your wedding, please see the materials listed below. But, more importantly, please get in touch with the pastor. Weddings are a ministry of the church: it is Old First’s and particularly the pastor’s joy to work with you to make this one of the most special and meaningful– holiest– days of your life.
Guide to Weddings at Old First