First United Methodist Church welcomes couples to
marry in our church or other facilities. To inquire about having a wedding at
our church, in our Rising House or at our Crossroads Ministry Center, please
contact our Senior Administrator,
Roberts at 740.653.3330 x210.
Frequently asked questions:
Can we get married at
First Church if we are not members?
Yes, one of our ministers will provide
counseling and perform your wedding based on wedding packages available.
What is the
cost to have a wedding at First Church?
Our Pastoral Administrative Assistant will
determine what will need to be paid to cover usage of the building and to pay
those what will be assisting with the wedding.
How do I schedule a wedding?
Our Pastoral Administrative Assistant help with
scheduling the wedding and the first premarital counseling session. A
non-refundable deposit must be received by the church office in order to place
your wedding date on the church calendar once a minister and staff are
coordinated. Please note these guidelines when setting a date and time.
• All Saturday weddings must begin before 4:30 pm
• Weddings are not scheduled during Holy Week (Palm Sunday to Easter)
Can I have a
guest minister participate in the service?
Visiting ministers may participate in the
wedding ceremony with agreement from our Senior Pastor. A minister from First
United Methodist Church will direct the rehearsal, the order of worship, and be
the primary officiant at the ceremony. At least one meeting with the bridal
couple and both ministers will be scheduled two weeks before the ceremony.
Do we have
to attend pre-marital counseling?
Pre-marital counseling is an important part of
your wedding preparation and should not be taken lightly. Please look upon it as
a time to establish that good solid foundation which every marriage needs.
Counseling requirements vary
slightly among our ministerial
staff. We encourage beginning
counseling sessions start well
in advance of the wedding to
accommodate schedules. Planning
the ceremony will be part of the
The maximum seating on the main floor of our
sanctuary is 365 people. The balcony can seat an additional 124 people
(typically, the balcony is closed, with access for video/photography only).
There are 15 rows of pews in the center aisle.
The maximum seating in our
Crossroads main room is
approximately 400 set up as
Receptions are available at the Rising House,
in the church’s Fellowship Hall, or at our Crossroads Ministry Center. Reception
arrangements are made with Jill Warner at the church, 740-653-3330, or