"Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains then as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community. In civil law, marriage is a contract that recognizes the rights and obligations of the married couple in society. In the Reformed tradition, marriage is also a covenant in which God has an active part, and which the community of faith publicly witnesses and acknowledges."
(from the PCUSA Directory for Worship)
We rejoice with you as you plan your special day! We want to do everything we can to help make your wedding memorable and joyous.
A Christian wedding is first and foremost a Worship Service, with your family and friends surrounding you as bride and groom with love and support as you make your vows to each other in the presence of God. It is a service filled with hope and joy as you covenant with God and each other to become one "as long as you both shall live". You each will commit your love to the other, promising to seek the other's well-being in all circumstances. A wedding is a very personal event because each person is special in God's sight, and it is also a community event because it celebrates the formation of a new Christian family.
Manassas Presbyterian Church rejoices in the formation of a new Christian family and we take seriously our responsibility to nurture marriages "given by God, blessed by Jesus Christ, and sustained by the Holy Spirit". Marriages that are nurtured by the church and grounded in the maturing faith of a man and a woman are better able to withstand the formidable pressures of family life and society in today's world.
Scheduling a wedding requires the approval of both the Pastor and the Session of our church, so it is essential that the date for your wedding be cleared with the Pastor as early as possible, preferably at least 6 months in advance. The Pastor presides at all weddings at MPC; other pastors may be invited to conduct a wedding or assist with the permission of both the Pastor and the Session.