Marriage

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All marriages at St. Martin’s, regardless of the gender of the parties, are treated equally.

What a gift it is to love someone so deeply that you choose to make a lifelong commitment to them.

A wedding is a time to give thanks to God for the gift of our life-partner and to give ourselves fully to our beloved in trust. 

This is a sacred act. We surround it with prayers, worship, and the support of family, friends, and the church community. 

Your relationship is a gift from God and will be sustained and enhanced by a deep, ongoing connection with your Creator and your Redeemer. This connection with God will be crucial for a married life that grows and thrives through “better or worse, richer or poorer and in sickness and in health.”

A Christian marriage is not only for the couple who are married, the marriage is also meant to be a blessing for the community and the world. The First Letter of John teaches us that all love works together to enhance life before God and that the love of Christ is inseparable from life in a worshipping and serving community.

Our expectation is that you will worship together as you prepare spiritually to be married and that you will continue in Christian community with your prayers, presence, gifts, and service throughout your married life. During pre-marital counseling we will want to know if you sincerely intend to live into these expectations. Signs of sincerity include attendance at worship and participation in the life of the church through prayers, gifts, and service.

We treat weddings as a sacred act and not as a commercial transaction.

If your interest is in the ‘rental’ of a ‘venue’ for an otherwise secular occasion, or a wedding that does not conform with the integrity and expectations of the sacrament, it is likely that St. Martin-in-the-Fields is not the place for your ceremony. 

If you are interested in marriage at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, or if you want to learn more, please make an appointment with a clergy person for an introductory meeting and initial discussion. All weddings at St. Martin’s will follow the Marriage Rite in the Book of Common Prayer or The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant and involve clergy on staff at St. Martin’s.

Weddings must be scheduled at least 6 months before the expected date and no date will be reserved until the couple has met with the clergy at least twice. Couples married at St. Martin’s are required to complete three sessions of pre-marital preparation with the Clergy or a professional counselor.

There are some fees related to the wedding and couples are asked to make a free-will offering to support the ministry of the church that is justly proportional to the overall expense of your wedding day.

For more information, please contact a member of the clergy.

Contact a Member of the Clergy
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, Rector - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x101
The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Associate for Formation - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x105

Marriage Rite in the Book of Common Prayer
The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant
Lessons Appointed for Use at The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage
Wedding Ceremony Planning Worksheet

Summer Sunday Service Schedule: Through September 17, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music

Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

We would love to have you join us.

Location

This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.


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