“Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh…’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:23-24).
Our Beliefs about Marriage
Marriage was instituted by God and is one of the fundamental orders of His Creation from the very beginning (Genesis 1-2). In a Christian wedding, a man and woman promise to bind themselves, and all they are and have, to a life-long union under God. They promise to love and support one another in all circumstances, as they voluntarily submit themselves to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21).
The wedding ceremony is an opportunity for a couple to ask God’s blessing on their marriage as husband and wife and to give Him thanks and praise for His continued grace and forgiveness. Because it was God who instituted marriage, it is with His promise that we begin a marriage. It is for this reason that we only perform Christian wedding ceremonies.
Who can be married at Calvary?
We gladly perform weddings for our Calvary members. Because our values and religious beliefs determine who we are and how we live, it is very important for couples to understand each other’s beliefs and religious backgrounds. We, therefore, strongly encourage a couple to attend one of our Foundations of Faith new member classes together, when Calvary members become engaged to someone of a different faith background.
We do not regularly perform weddings for couples not connected with Calvary. We, however, may make an exception for non-member couples seeking to grow their life and marriage under God’s blessing; to establish an ongoing relationship with a Christian congregation; and are willing to participate in a Christian instruction class and pre-marital preparation.
We ask couples to contact the church office and arrange a meeting with one of the pastors as soon as possible after becoming engaged. Nine months to a year is not too soon. We cannot guarantee but will attempt to accommodate a couple’s request for a specific pastor as we mutually plan our ministry at Calvary. All couples having their wedding at Calvary are asked to participate in a program of pre-marital preparation.
Please contact the church office at 317-783-2000 or to find out more information, to request a date on our church calendar, or to schedule an initial meeting with one of our pastors.