Getting Married at Neely’s Creek
Congratulations, you are getting married! We wish for both of you a wonderful life together. Here are some things we think you should know about getting married at our church. A wedding is a worship service, where two people make vows to God and to one another, and are united in holy matrimony. It is important to us to uphold the sanctity of any service that is performed within these walls. A marriage service conducted before God, a “church” wedding, is ignificantly different in meaning and conduct than a secular marriage service. Any couple that could be comfortable being married before a justice of the peace rather than before a minster is advised to do so, and not in a church. The wedding is not as important as the marriage. Couples are advised to take the vows and worship service with the utmost seriousness. For this reason, all weddings conducted at the church are subject to the approval and supervision of the pastor and the Session of the church. Any additions or deletions from the standard wedding service are subject to the approval of the pastor.
Who May be Married at Neely’s Creek?
- Active members.
- Immediate family of active members. Immediate family means sons or daughters, fathers or mothers. It does not mean aunts, uncles, or second cousins.
- Others whom the pastor has agreed to marry, who have been approved by the Session. If a couple is married at Neely’s Creek, it is understood that the pastor of Neely’s Creek will conduct the services, or participate in the wedding, and couple will undergo counseling with him first, unless he grants permission to do otherwise.
- It is not our intent to rent our facilities.
The minister reserves the right to refuse to perform any wedding, active member, inactive member, or non-member. A couple seeking to be married should first meet with him before they make their plans. The following are required before a wedding will be conducted:
- The couple must be eligible for marriage under the laws of the state of South Carolina.
- The couple must agree to counseling with the pastor, the number of sessions to be determined by the pastor.
- The couple must agree to be honest in all their statements to the pastor during counseling.
- The minister reserves the right to refuse marriage to any couple that has misled or deceived at any point.
- The persons desiring to be married must both be professing Christians.
- The couple must agree to all rules for weddings in the church.
Active Member Weddings
The active member is one who attends worship services at least quarterly and supports the church on a regular basis. For active members, there is no charge for the sanctuary, or the reception hall. Reservations for the use of the sanctuary may be made at any time, subject to the approval of the Session. It is understood that the pastor of the church will conduct all weddings except by special arrangement by the session. If Neely’s Creek is without a pastor, the Session of the church must approve a substitute.
For other weddings, there is a charge for the use of the sanctuary. Reservations for the use of the sanctuary may not be made prior to 12 months before the wedding for non-members. Each wedding will be considered on a cases by case basis, and needs Session approval. It is understood that the pastor of the church will participate in non-member weddings except by special arrangement with another pastor or Session. If Neely’s Creek is without a pastor, the Session of the church must approve a substitute.
12 month reservation window required pending Worship Committee and Session approval.
Immediate family members are defined as and are limited to siblings, children and parents of an active member.
The Session reserves the right to waive or charge fees on a case by case basis.
Members only– Private ceremonies, which do not involve more than a dozen guests, rearrangement of facilities, music, or decoration, may be conducted without any charge. The pastor does not charge a fee for his service for members. It is understood that this is part of his general duties. Honorariums are accepted, but not expected.
Call the church for a list of approved wedding directors.