The Christian wedding ceremony at Foundry United Methodist Church is rooted in the belief that marriage is a gift from God for all people. As the church, we strive to equip couples to have lifelong, loving, covenantal, and flourishing marriages. To this end, our pastors take a great deal of care in preparing each couple who is to be married at Foundry. We require all couples who are to be married at Foundry to attend pre-marital counseling through our program, Pre-Cana.
The Christian wedding ceremony at Foundry United Methodist Church includes two primary commitments. One commitment is the personal covenant that the couple makes with each other:
“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.”
The other commitment is the covenant that the couple makes with the church: to understand their life together in relation to the faith community. This second commitment is implicit throughout the marriage ceremony in the language, the symbols, the blessings, the location (in the house of worship), the officiant (the minister) and the expressed intention of those who would be married under the authority of the church. As the Discipline of The United Methodist Church states:
“We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant which is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between [two persons]. We believe that God’s blessing rests upon such a marriage.”
Part of the wedding process here at Foundry is the requirement of pre-marital counseling, or Pre-Cana. Pre-Cana is open to everyone.
Pre-Cana is held three times a year:
In February/March, in May, and in September.
In February and September the class is held over a weekend. On Saturday from 8:30 AM – 7 PM and Sunday 9 AM – 11 AM.
In May, the course is held over five Tuesday evening from 6:30 PM – 9 PM (the classes go into June if there are not five Tuesdays in May).
Cost of the class is $250 (or your Foundry wedding fee deposit) that must be made at least one week before the class. Refunds are decided on a case by case basis.