Wedding Policy and Procedures

A wedding at Lucas Grace Bible Church (LGBC) is designed as a worship celebration uniting a man and a woman who have put their faith in Jesus Christ and are committed to living in accordance with Scriptural principles.

In an effort to give clear direction to prospective bridal couples who seek to be married under the guidance and authority of LGBC, the policies and guidelines below are set forth.

 

Biblical foundation for marriage:

  • Marriage is a Holy Covenant (Malachi 2:14-16)
  • Marriage is the covenant act of a man and a woman uniting together as husband and wife (Gen 2:22-25; Matt 19:4-5), which pictures the oneness of Christ with His church (Ephesians 5:31-32).
  • Marriage is for life (Matthew 19:6)

 

Marriage policy requirements:

  • The LGBC pastoral staff and facilities will be available for the wedding ceremonies of those who have come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
  • All weddings must be approved by the Pastor and at least one other Elder.
  • All couples who plan to be married at LGBC must complete Christian based marriage counseling approved by the Elders and administered by the Pastor.
  • Any outside Pastor, or Layperson, (whether licensed by the State of Ohio or not) must be in full agreement with the LGBC wedding policy and must have the permission of the Elders to perform the wedding ceremony.
  • All couples wishing to be married at LGBC must complete a Wedding Application Form to be turned into the church office at least 3 months prior to the planned wedding date.
  • LGBC members and regular attendees will have the first priority of building use if a conflict arises related to the wedding date.
  • A wedding assistant will be made available from the Deacon board to be present to help with facility location and usage.
  • Music to be used during the ceremony, reception or any other function related to the wedding (held on church grounds) is to be reviewed and approved by the Pastor and/or an Elder.

 

Building use guidelines:

  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the buildings or within 25 feet of any building entrance.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on church grounds.
  • For safety reasons, rice, birdseed, flower petals are not to be used on the premises.
  • The bridal party will have access to various rooms in the fellowship hall building for changing.
  • The groom’s party will have access to other rooms within the facility to change.
  • LGBC will not be responsible for valuables left during the wedding, the wedding rehearsal, reception or any other wedding related function. Clothes, purses, billfolds, phones, etc. are the responsibility of the wedding party and guests.
  • Any damage to the property should be reported immediately to the Deacon assistant, an Elder or the Pastor.
  • All rooms are to be left in the condition they were found. They should be swept and trash picked up and placed in receptacles designed for this purpose.
  • A fee may be involved for the use of the buildings to offset heating, cooling and other costs associated with building use.
  • Please see building use policy for more information.

Elder board: 4/12/16

 

 

 

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